Ben Stokes hit his first Indian Premier League (IPL) century this season as Rajasthan Royals finished an exciting run chase against Mumbai Indians. Without Rohit Sharma, MI posted 195 on the board on the rear of Hardik Pandya's dazzling half-century. Ben Stokes' 60-ball 107 and Sanju Samson's third half-century of the season pushed Rajasthan Royals to an 8-wicket win in what was an absolute necessity dominate game for them. The outcome came as a knock-out blow for Chennai Super Kings. CSK are presently out of dispute for a top-four completion.
Ben Stokes, whose only other IPL century additionally arrived in a major chase, indicated his goal directly from the beginning of the Royals' inning. Chasing a major aggregate, Stokes didn't confront a ball in the initial two overs. In his initial six balls, he crushed Trent Boult for 16 runs. He put the weight directly back on Mumbai Indians after Robin Uthappa got out to James Pattinson in the previous over.
From that point on, it was a showcase of preceded with hostility from him. Stokes guaranteed the Royals didn't back off, chasing a major target, even after Steve Smith chopped one on from Pattinson before long.
Sanju Samson scored a brilliant half-century
Sanju Samson, who has battled to discover form after an unstable beginning to the season, set aside an effort to settle, before attacking the bowlers. Stokes hit a six off Boult's first ball in the nineteenth over to get to his century. He followed it up with a boundary off the following ball to lead the Royals to an essential two points, keeping them alive in the race for the fourth spot.
Prior, Jofra Archer gave the Royals an early breakthrough with Quinton de Kock's wicket in the first over. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav reconstructed for MI before Kishan tumbled to Kartik Tyagi. Before long, Shreyas Gopal excused Yadav and substitute skipper Kieron Pollard to put MI under tension. However, Saurabh Tiwary got a move on and Hardik Pandya went on a quick assault as they proceeded to score 195. Pandya got done with 60 off 21 balls.
With the win, Rajasthan Royals are presently at the sixth spot in the IPL 2020 points table with 10 points. They need to now win all their remaining games to stay in the completion.