Ben Stokes hit his second Indian Premier League (IPL) century as Rajasthan Royals accomplished an exciting chase towards Mumbai Indians. After Mumbai Indians, with out common captain Rohit Sharma, posted 195 on the board on the again of Hardik Pandya’s gorgeous half-century, Ben Stokes’ 60-ball 107 and Sanju Samson’s third half-century of the season propelled Rajasthan Royals to an 8-wicket victory in what was a must-win match for them. The outcome got here as a knock-out blow for Chennai Tremendous Kings, who at the moment are out of rivalry for a high 4 end.
Ben Stokes, whose solely different IPL century additionally got here in a giant chase, confirmed his intent proper from the beginning of the Royals’ inning. Chasing a giant whole, Stokes didn’t face a supply within the first two overs. In his first six deliveries, he smashed Trent Boult for 16 runs, to place the stress proper again on Mumbai Indians after Robin Uthappa acquired out to James Pattinson within the earlier over.
From then on, it was a show of continued aggression from him. Stokes ensured the Royals did not decelerate, chasing a giant whole, even after Steve Smith chopped one on from Pattinson quickly after.
Sanju Samson, who has struggled to seek out type after an explosive begin to the season, took time to settle, earlier than tearing into the bowlers.
Stokes hit a six off Boult’s first supply within the 19th over to get to his century and adopted it up with a boundary off the following ball to guide the Royals to an important two factors, protecting them alive within the race for the fourth spot.
Earlier, Jofra Archer gave the Royals an early breakthrough with Quinton de Kock’s wicket within the first over.
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav rebuilt for MI, earlier than Kishan fell to Kartik Tyagi.
Quickly after, Shreyas Gopal dismissed Yadav and stand-in captain Kieron Pollard to place MI beneath stress.
However Saurabh Tiwary picked up the tempo and Hardik Pandya went on a blitzkrieg as they went on to attain 195.
Pandya completed with 60 off 21 deliveries.
With the win, Rajasthan Royals at the moment are at sixth place within the IPL 2020 factors desk with 10 factors from 12 video games.
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