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ben stokes: IPL 2020: It’s sort of bittersweet, says RR’s Ben Stokes after his match-winning ton | Cricket News – Times of India


ABU DHABI: After registering a comprehensive eight-wicket win against Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals‘ all-rounder Ben Stokes was “a bit taken aback” about coming to the party later than he would have liked for his team in this Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Rajasthan chased down the stiff target of 196 with 10 balls to spare, thanks to Stokes and Sanju Samson who played unbeaten knocks of 107 and 54 respectively. For MI, James Pattinson (2/40) was the only wicket-taker.
Stokes and Samson put together an unbroken partnership of 152 runs. With this win, Rajasthan have now moved up to sixth place in the points table with 10 points while Mumbai are still at the top with 14 points. For his century, Stokes was adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’.

“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 (the ball) was coming on nicely,” Stokes told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“The harder shot to play was when they dug into the wicket, and we scored off Bumrah probably a lot freer than we thought we’d be able to. Things are a bit difficult right now, but hope this has given a bit of happiness back home,” he added.
Stokes’ father Ged, a former rugby league international player, was hospitalised in Johannesburg last year ahead of Christmas. Stokes also missed the initial few matches of this year’s IPL as he was with his ailing father in Christchurch.

Earlier, Saurabh Tiwary (34) and Hardik Pandya helped MI score 74 runs off the final four overs as Mumbai Indians posted a total of 195/5 in their allotted twenty overs. Hardik brought up his half-century off just 20 balls and remained unbeaten on 60 runs off just 21 balls.
For Rajasthan Royals, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal scalped two wickets.
RR will next lock horns with Kings XI Punjab on Friday October 30 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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