M45 : Stokes 'Halla Bol', beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets
Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the 45th match of the 13th season of IPL. On Sunday night in Abu Dhabi, Rajasthan defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 8 wickets. They scored a big target of 196 runs and lost 2 wickets in 18.2 overs (196/2). Ben Stokes scored an outstanding century (107 not out, 60 balls, 14 fours, 3 sixes). His unbroken 152-run partnership with Sanju Samson (unbeaten 54 runs, 31 balls, 4 fours, 3 sixes) proved decisive.
This victory strengthened Rajasthan's play-off hopes. This is Stokes' second IPL century. This is the biggest victory of any team in chasing the target against Mumbai Indians.
Chennai Super Kings now out
Rajasthan Royals won the 5th match in this campaign. They are now in sixth place with 10 points from 12 matches. With the victory of Rajasthan, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) once again came in the lower position. With the victory of Royals, Chennai Super Kings have been eliminated from the play-off race. The Royals will not only have to win both their matches, but also have to pray for favorable results in the remaining matches.
This was the fourth defeat for Mumbai Indians. They are still on top with 14 points from 11 matches. Along with this, they will have to wait to qualify in the current season.
Chasing a target of 196 runs, Rajasthan Royals got the first blow on the score of 13 runs, Robin Uthappa (13) was returned by James Pattinson. Captain Steve Smith (11) returned to the pavilion at a score of 44, Pattinson bowled him. After this, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson took the responsibility and both made the victory easy.
Ben Stokes match match innings
Stokes scored an unbeaten 107 off 60 balls, including 14 fours and 3 sixes, scoring his first century in the tournament since 2017. At the same time, Samson played well with him, scoring 54 runs in 31 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes. The Royals needed 10 runs in the last two overs, but Stokes completed his century (off 59 balls) by hitting Pattinson for six on the first ball of the 19th over. After this, by hitting a four on the next ball, the team reached the victory.
Mumbai scored 195 for 5 wickets
With the help of Hardik Pandya's unbeaten 60 from 21 balls, Mumbai Indians scored 195 runs for 5 wickets. Mumbai lost wickets in the middle overs, but later Hardik gave a huge score to the team by playing extremely aggressive innings for the first time this season. He hit 2 fours and 7 sixes in his innings. Saurabh Tiwari, playing with his brilliance, scored 34 runs in 25 balls.
Hardik Pandya played a stormy innings
The defending champions team scored 74 runs in the last four overs. Tiwari and Hardik added 64 runs for the fifth wicket. Tiwari hit two fours and a six in Archer's 17th over, while Hardik hit Ankit Rajput for four sixes in the next over. 27 runs were scored in this over.
Kishan and Suryakumar add 83 runs
In the last over, Hardik hit Karthik Tyagi for three sixes and two fours. Earlier, Mumbai lost the wicket of Quinton De Kock (6) quickly. After this Ishaan Kishan (37 runs from 36 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (40 runs from 26 balls) added 83 runs for the second wicket.