IPL 2020, RR vs MI: Imperious Stokes ton gives Rajasthan Royals big win over Mumbai Indians | Cricket News

JAIPUR: Steve Smith‘s cussed choice to make Ben Stokes open the innings for Rajasthan Royals in spite of everything paid giant dividends on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.
Stokes slammed a fantastic 107 now not out off 60 balls (14×4, 3×6) to force Royals house by means of 8 wickets in opposition to the Mumbai Indians. Chasing a mammoth 196, the 29-year-old gave the Royals a forged get started and anchored the chase with Sanju Samson (54* off 31 balls), who too performed a outstanding innings.
Excluding making the tall chase glance all glance simple, Stokes additionally made historical past, turning into the primary batsman within the IPL to hit two masses in a hit chases, following the 103 now not out off 63 balls for Pune in opposition to Gujarat again in 2017.
MI bowler James Pattinson had pegged Rajasthan again with the 2 early wickets of Robin Uthappa and Steve Smith, however Stokes stood like a rock to disclaim them any longer breakthroughs.


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Ben Stokes smashed an unbeaten 107 to stay Rajasthan Royals within the chase for the Indian Premier League play-offs after their eight-wicket win over holders Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Picture)

With this win, Smith and Co. not on time MI’s access into the playoffs, whilst conserving their very own slender hopes alive.
Previous, an explosive Hardik Pandya (60* off 21; 2×4, 7×6) picked up the slack to assist Mumbai submit a difficult overall at the board.

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IPL 2020: Stokes ton keeps Rajasthan Royals in hunt for play-offs

After deciding to bat first, Mumbai had been 121/Four on the finish of 16 overs when Pandya and Saurabh Tiwary (34 off 25 balls) added 44 runs within the following two overs, taking the entire to 165/Four on the finish of the 18th.
Their 64-run partnership ended within the 19th over, however by means of then it had modified the complexion of the MI innings. Pandya carried at the onslaught, hitting 26 runs off the closing 5 balls.
Stokes’ decided knock, alternatively, put Pandya’s late-over heroics within the colour.

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