It may be a league match, but it’s knockout time for Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab today as the winner will progress to the play-offs and the loser goes out.
For RPS it is also their last chance to play their big money signing, English all-rounder Ben Stokes, before he is recalled for international duty.
Stokes took a while to find his feet in the IPL, but more recently has been showing why he was the top money purchase with a series of outstanding displays.
We tipped him to be Man of the Match in his last game, and he was surely destined to collect the gong except for his team falling narrowly short of the win (MoM is always on the winning side).
Well, we make no apologies for repeating the dose here. Stokes is in prime form and is sure to be a huge part of any RPS win, indeed a team win may once again prove to be the biggest stumbling block,
That said, RPS are 4/5 to win, and Stokes can be backed at 10/1 to be MoM. For the mathematically minded, that equates to him being 4/1 to be named MoM given a RPS win. That has to be too big, we would price that closer to 5/2, and hence his MoM odds at around 6/1….we’ll take the 10s.
Recommendation: Ben Stokes, Man of the Match, 10/1, Bet365.
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