Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals IPL betting preview: Jos Buttler on fire but value lies with Ben Stokes

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Mumbai v Rajasthan IPL betting preview: Buttler on fire but value lies with Stokes
The value lies with England all-rounder Ben Stokes (Picture: AP)

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals were both guilty of having a doze in the first few weeks of the Indian Premier League.

But the alarm clock has woken them from their slumber and they are desperately scrabbling around for qualification before it is too late.

Mumbai, the defending champions, looked out of it after losing their first four matches. They are now playing knockout cricket. And revelling it.

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Twice before in IPL history they have found themselves in similar situations and they have pulled it from the fire.

Its now three consecutive wins and four successes from the last five. Arguably they are the tournaments form team.

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In that sequence includes an impressive victory over Chennai Super Kings and a double delight over Kolkata Knight Riders.

Their upturn in fortunes can be put down to finally finding the right balance in their XI. The axing of Kieron Pollard was a major boost and players now look settled and happy in their roles.

Rajasthan Royals cricketer Jos Buttler plays a shot during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on May 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMAMONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images
Jos Buttler is enjoying a superb run in the IPL (Picture: AFP)

Rajasthan kept their season alive with a nerveless chase against Chennai Super Kings. They, too, have come round to sensible decision-making, chiefly promoting Jos Buttler to open. Buttler has now hit four consecutive fifties.

Mumbai are 4-6 with Skybet for victory. We suspect they will have too much for a Royals team who, despite the changes, lack power in the middle-order. Stuart Binny is batting two places too high at No 5.

We worry how they will cope if their new firestarter is doused quickly. The Royals are 27-20 with Marathon Bet.

Buttler is 11-4 with William Hill for another top-bat effort. But he might not be the value.

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Ben Stokes joined him in the opening slot against Chennai with management hoping that a move would kickstart his campaign in the same way for Buttler. It didnt work out.

But the bookies are slow to react and 6-1 is still available with Unibet that Stokes top scores. That is a clear mistake and one which we have to hope the England man punishes.

Buttler is 9-1 for the man of the match award with Betfair Sportsbook. Stokes is 14-1 with Unibet.

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