IPL 2020: Stokes’ century keeps Royals’ playoffs hope alive

English all-rounder Ben Stokes’ form has come at last. He has been finally able to do justice to his name. He made Mumbai Indians’ huge 195-run target so easy with an amazing century.

IPL 2020: Stokes' century keeps Royals' playoffs hope alive

That’s why Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by a huge margin of 8 wickets yesterday in Abu Dhabi.

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At first, the target of 196-run looked so tough for Rajasthan. But in the end, Ben Stokes’ bat shone timely. He played an unbeaten 107-run tornado innings off just 60 balls. He hit 14 fours and three sixes.

Sanju Samson was on par with Ben Stokes. He played 31 balls and made an unbeaten 54-run. Samson hit 4 boundaries and 3 sixes.

Only two wickets fell. Robin Uthappa was dismissed for 13 off 11 balls. Smith, who came down to number three, left with 11 runs off 8 balls. In the end, Rajasthan reached the stage of victory in 18.2 overs (with 10 balls in hand).

Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first at the start of the innings. They lost their most inform batsman Quinton De Kock early. After that, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav made a good partnership between them. At end, with Hardik Pandya’s blistering 60-run innings off just 21 balls, Mumbai managed to gather a big total of 195-run.

As a result of this victory, Rajasthan kept their chances to play in the play-offs. They have 10 points in 12 matches. They came up in 6th place in the points list. Mumbai Indians remained at the top with 14 points in 11 matches.

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