IPL 2020, KXIP vs RR: Ben Stokes registered his 2nd IPL half-century.© BCCI/IPL
Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Steve Smith was stuffed with reward for England cricketer Ben Stokes who made his presence felt in a seven-wicket triumph in opposition to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Stokes accomplished a gorgeous catch within the first over off KXIP opener Mandeep Singh, after the Punjab-based aspect was despatched in to bat by Smith who gained the toss. He adopted it up with the important thing dismissals of KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran, to assist prohibit KXIP to 185 regardless of a 63-ball 99 by Windies famous person Chris Gayle. Stokes additional made a large influence as an opener in the course of the chase, smashing a 26-ball 50. The Englishman’s innings comprising of six boundaries and three sixes set the stage for a snug win, in a do-or-die encounter for Rajasthan.
“Ben is a category participant, performs correct pictures, hits balls in bizarre areas, and did a job with the ball too. Among the finest on this planet,” stated Smith in the course of the post-match convention when requested to debate the game-changing efficiency by his all-rounder.
The Australian cricketer additional termed Jos Buttler’s helpful knock of 22 runs off 11 deliveries as a “good signal”.
“The Samson run-out was unlucky, however you’re taking positives from each scenario. It gave Jos an opportunity to bat after a five-day break. He hit them effectively so this can be a good signal,” he added.
KXIP skipper Rahul termed dropping the toss as a “horrible” factor contemplating the dew issue.
“It was a horrible toss to lose with the quantity of dew afterward. It did get very very simple to bat on. The wristspinners need the ball to be dry and get some grip off the floor however with the dew it acquired actually tough,” he acknowledged whereas discussing the defeat which snapped his aspect’s five-match successful streak.
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