After the explosive power of Hardik Pandya, Ben Stokes (60-ball 107) and Sanju Samson (31-ball 54) thrilled Blitzkrieg to beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets against the most successful team in IPL 2020 history. Mumbai Indians in the 45th match of the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Stokes and Samson added 152 * for the third wicket after Pattinson’s opening innings. Unlike previous games, Stokes finally came to the party and showed some elegant power to score his first IPL 2020. Although the victory for RR kept them alive in the playoffs, it also means that CSK became the first team to be officially knocked out from IPL 2020 – for the first time (in the seasons in which they participated).
Pattinson, the only bowler to take a wicket for MI, dismissed Stokes opener Robin Uthappa and RR captain Steve Smith early in the innings.
Robin Uthappa, who chased down 196 runs for the win, took the Rajasthan Royals’ first strike with Ben Stokes at the other end. For Mumbai, Trent Bolt will start action with the new ball. The average form of senior Robin Uthappa continued this season as he fell first after Pattinson was caught in the middle by Kieran Pollard for 13 off 11 balls in the first over.
Captain Steve Smith is the new man, and he and Stokes began to take the attack to the Mumbai bowlers. James Pattinson took his second wicket and Steve Smith (8) took the big wicket. On the run-chase Smith paid more attention to the scoring rate and tried to drive the ball to a four, but the ball bounced off his inner edge and lifted the stumps.
Despite initially losing two top-order batsmen, the Rajasthan Royals ran for 55 at the end of the power play. Stokes kept Samson on the hunt for Rajasthan despite Pattinson’s early attacks. Soon, Stokes’ next fours helped reach a fifty off 28 balls. At the end of the first ten overs, he reached RR99 for a loss of two wickets.
The probability of the Royals winning continued to increase as Stokes and Samson were in Greece. After Stokes, Sanju Samson scored his 13th IPL fifty. The two continued their attack and eventually Stokes led his team to 8 wickets.
With points just two points behind fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab and fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders, the win holds RR’s slim hopes of making the playoffs.
Earlier, the toss-winning Mumbai Indians opted to bat first against the Rajasthan Royals. RR captain Steve Smith decided to play with the same team. Rohit-Low Mumbai decided to make a change to replace Pattinson with Nathan Coulter-Nile in the playing XI.
After the match against Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians lost five wickets against Rajasthan Royals and scored 195 runs. The absence of Rohit Sharma was felt somewhat early in the game today, but Hardik Pandya made up for it well!
Brief Scores: MI 195/5 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 60 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 40; Sreyas Gopal 2/30) RR 196/2 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 107 not out, Sanju Samson 54 not; 2/40).
Rajasthan Royals (Eleven Eleven): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (w), Jose Butler, Steven Smith (e), Ryan Barak, Rahul Devadia, Joffra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajput, Karthik Tiyagi
Mumbai Indians (playing XI): Quinton de Kok (W), Ishant Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Surab Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (E), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Sahar, Trent Bolt, Jaspreet Bhumra