The bat of the all-rounder Ben Stokes once again played and the fans flocked happily. Stokes gave Rajasthan a resounding victory by playing an unbeaten 107-run knock against Mumbai Indians at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. (Click the scorecard of this match)
It was a surprise of Stokes’ century and his match-winning partnership with Sanju Samson (54 *) that Rajasthan easily achieved the 196-run target. Rajasthan Royals defeated record four-time champions Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in the 45th match of IPL-13 and recorded a 5th win in 12 matches of the season.
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The Royals, led by Steve Smith, now have 10 points and have reached number six in the points table. At the same time, Mumbai Indians suffered a fourth defeat in 11 matches. The four-time champion has 14 points from this team which remains on top. Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore also have 14 points each.
Mumbai scored 195 for 5 in 20 overs thanks to a stormy innings by Hardik Pandya (60 *) after which the Royals team scored 2 in 18.2 overs thanks to the strong innings of Ben Stokes (107 *) and Sanju Samson (54 *). Achieved the target by losing the wicket.
Rajasthan’s 2 wickets fell to a score of 44 but Ben Stokes landed the opening and took power only after winning the match. He completed his first century of IPL with a six. Stokes completed his century with a six off the first ball of the 19th over of the innings (Pattinson) and won with a four off the next ball.
England’s World Cup winning batsman Stokes hit 14 fours and 3 sixes in his innings of 60 balls. Samson scored 54 runs off 31 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes and he returned unbeaten. Sanju and Stokes shared an unbeaten 152-run partnership for the third wicket.