Indian Premier League 2020: Ben Stokes’ firecracker leads Rajasthan Royals to victory by 8 wickets against Mumbai Indians

Ben Stokes dropped a blistering century, while Sanju Samson gave him a quick fifty to help the Rajasthan Royals win by eight wickets against defending champions Mumbai Indians. ) Sunday at Sheikh Saeed Ground in Abu Dhabi.

Rajasthan Royals lost opener Robin Uthappa (13) and skipper Sanju Samson (11) cheaply into the power play after chasing a good 196 runs.

Starter Ben Stokes not only dropped his first century of the season, but also scored 152 with Sanju Samson (54) for the third wicket. Helped Rajasthan cross the line in just 18.2 overs.

Stokes brought his second ton of cash to the league with six runs off the first ball of the final over taken by James Pattinson.

The England batsman was unbeaten on 107 off just 60 balls, hitting 14 fours and three maximums.

Pattinson was the only Mumbai Indians bowler to add two wickets to his tally.

Earlier, Mumbai owner Quinton de Kok lost cheaply for six runs in the first over off Joffre Archer.

Following this, openers Ishant Kishan (37) and Suryakumar Yadav (40) scored 83 for the second wicket. Hardik Pandya (60) hit a fifty at the end of the innings. A good total of 195/5 in the 20 overs they set.

For Rajasthan Royals, Archer and Shreyas Gopal took two wickets each while Karthik Tiyagi also took one wicket.

Stokes was announced as the ‘Man of the Match’ for his amazing show by Bat.

Despite the defeat, the Mumbai Indians remain top of the IPL 2020 table with seven wins from 11 matches. Rajasthan, on the other hand, have advanced to sixth place and now stand with five wins from 12 matches.

Summary Marks: M.I. 195/5 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya unbeaten 60, Suryakumar Yadav 40; Shreyas Gopal 2/30) R.R. 196/2 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 107 not out, Sanju Samson 54 not out; James Pattinson 2/40)

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