Rajasthan Royals have put their names within the reckoning for an Indian Premier League 2020 playoff place with a win over Mumbai Indians on Sunday on the Sheikh Zayed Satdium. Although maligned for his or her consistency all through the season, RR batsmen stood as much as the duty in opposition to MI as they chased down a goal of 196 runs in 18.2 overs.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the hero of the evening for RR as he smashed a 60-ball 107 to energy his facet to a complete 8-wicket win. He was ably supported by Sanju Samson, who scored a half-century off 31 balls.
Stokes had confronted some difficulties at house earlier than the match and he determined to dedicate his century to his father who’s battling it out with most cancers.
“It’s sort of bittersweet, to be honest. A bit taken aback by why it’s taken me so long to get into the tournament for the team. To be honest, the training I’ve had yesterday was the best I had throughout my time here, so I came into this with a bit of confidence. It was coming on nicely,” Stokes advised host broadcaster Star Sports on the post-match presentation.
“Sort of bittersweet to be honest – it took so long to get one for the team. I would have preferred to get this form two or three games before when we weren’t relying on other results to get us through to the qualifiers. It’s always nice to get back to form. We needed a result from today, so – it’s a good victory. Training yesterday was the best I have had for the full time I have been here. Came into the game with a lot more confidence than the other games. Nice to spend some time out in the middle and finish the game off. The ball was coming on nicely – be it short or full. It was hard when they dug it into the wicket. We got ourselves into a great position by putting the pressure back on to every bowler who came on. They have obviously got Bumrah, which we managed to score probably a lot freer than we thought we’d be able to. It’s a bit difficult at the moment, things are a bit tough back at home, hopefully, this will give them some happiness.”.
Stokes and Samson put collectively an unbeaten partnership of 152 runs. With this win, Rajasthan Royals has now moved to sixth place within the factors desk with 10 factors whereas Mumbai Indians are nonetheless within the prime spot with 14 factors. For the knock of 107, Ben Stokes was adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’.
Stokes’ father Ged, a former rugby league worldwide participant, was hospitalised in Johannesburg final yr proper forward of Christmas. Stokes additionally missed the preliminary few matches of this yr’s IPL as he was along with his ailing father in Christchurch.
Earlier, Saurabh Tiwary and Hardik Pandya smashed 74 runs off the ultimate 4 overs as Mumbai Indians posted a complete of 195/5 within the allotted twenty overs. Hardik Pandya introduced up his half-century off simply 20 balls and he remained unbeaten on 60 runs off simply 21 balls.
For Rajasthan Royals, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal scalped two wickets.
Rajasthan Royals will subsequent lock horns with Kings XI Punjab on Friday, October 30 on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
(with ANI inputs)
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