Rajasthan Royals registered an emphatic victory over the table-toppers Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Ben Stokes smacked an unbeaten 107* off 60 balls as he led the side to a chase the mammoth target of 196 runs with 4 balls to spare.
It was a plethora of the boundaries from the England all rounder all over the ground, marked his thumping comeback with the bat.
It was the Mumbai Indians skipper Kieron Pollard who had won the toss and decided to bat first in the batting friendly Sharjah pitch.
Ishan Kishan opened the batting with Quinton de Kock in the absence of the regular skipper Rohit Sharma. Kishan scored 37 runs off 36 balls before getting trapped by the delivery of Kartik Tyagi in the 11th over. He stitched a partnership of 83 runs with Suryakumar Yadav (40 runs).
Hardik Pandya provided the late surge for the Mumba Indians with his menacing knock of 60 runs off just 21 balls, comprising of 7 sixes and two boundaries.
With a stiff target on the board, Rajasthan Royals lost the wicket of the opener Robin Uthappa (13 runs) as James Pattinson got him caught in the 2nd over. In the next few overs, James Pattinson struck again and this time bowled the skipper Steve Smith.
From there on, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson played a careful and a balanced knock and mounted the pressure on the MI bowlers with their strokeplay.
Samson smashed 54 runs off 31 balls comprising of 4 boundaries and three sixes while Stokes registered his maiden century in the IPL. The duo put up a 154 runs partnership and steered the side to a comprehensive 8 wicket win over the Mumbai Indians.
Rajasthan Royals also registered the highest successful chase against the Mumbai Indians previously held Delhi Daredevils in 2018.
Ben Stokes became the player of the match for his match winning knock against the MI especially during the crucial stage of the tournament.