Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes after performing poorly continuously in a series of matches finally got back to form by hitting his second IPL century in yesterday’s match against MI in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Stokes smashed James Pattinson ball over long-on fence to bring up his century off just 59 balls.
He hit a boundary on the next ball & got his team over the target with 10 balls in spare gliding RR to a massive 8 wickets win over MI who are currently leading the Points Table. His brilliant knock was studded with 14 fours & three sixes & finished up unbeaten on 107 runs scored in 60 balls. The England all-rounder missed the first half of the IPL 2020 due to certain personal reasons & had a tough time to score runs in initial stages despite of given a chance to open up the innings. However while chasing a huge target of 196 runs his team needed him the most & he didn’t let his team down by showing his classy performance & delivering runs in style.
Stokes also got a solid support from Samson who scored a crucial fifty i.e. 54 runs off 31 balls. After losing two wickets inside the Power play, the due garnered an unbeaten partnership of 152 runs. Earlier Hardik was at his best by hitting 60 runs not out on 21 balls powering the MI to 195/5 a total that was looking impossible to achieve at half-way during the match. Win the win, RR moved up to the sixth spot on the IPL 2020 Points table as they now have scored 10 points from 12 matches. However the team still need to win their remaining two games & hopes that the results come in their favor. With this win, RR outclass CSK from IPL 2020 play offs who won a match against RCB earlier in the day.