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IPL 2020: Stokes' all-round brilliance helps RR beat KXIP

KT Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on October 30, 2020
Ben Stokes of Rajasthan Royals plays a shot. (IPL)

Chasing 185, the Royals reached the target in 17.3 overs

England World Cup hero Ben Stokes came up with an all-round performance to keep Rajasthan Royals’ playoff hopes alive.

Having taken two wickets with the ball, Stokes scored a 26-ball 50 as Rajasthan beat Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Chasing 186, the Royals reached the target in 17.3 overs.

Sanju Samson (48 off 25 balls), captain Steve Smith (31 not out off 20 balls), Robin Uthappa (30 off 23 balls) and Jos Buttler (22 not out off 11 balls) also contributed with the bat for the Royals.

The Royals now have moved up to fifth place in the table with 12 points from 13 matches. Kings XI Punjab remain in fourth place with 12 points from the same number of matches.

Stokes provided the flying start for RR. Stokes smashed 50 off 26 balls studded with three sixes and six fours.

Chris Jordan got rid of Stokes in the sixth over. Samson joined Uthappa and added 51-run for the second wicket. Uthappa departed after playing a knock of 30 from 23 balls. Murugan Ashwin bagged Uthappa in the 11th over.

Skipper Smith came in to bat at number four. He along with Samson built a 34-run stand for the third wicket. Samson fell short of his crease and was run out in the 15th over.

Samson played a knock of 48 runs off 25 balls. Buttler and Smith then stitched a 41-run unbeaten partnership and guided the side over the line. Smith scored 31 off 20 while Buttler smashed 22 runs.

“When you are in a position that we are as a team, there is nothing to lose. We are just hanging in,” Stokes said after the match.

“Very happy with the win. I went in with the same mentality as against Mumbai, to capitalise on the hard new ball. We had a decent break from our last game. I have had a few days off. Had a good couple of days training before this.”

Meanwhile, Royals captain Smith said his team is now playing good cricket.

“The season has ebbed and flowed, yes. Would have been nice to have a couple of wins in the middle. We still need to do a bit to make the playoffs, and we need things to go our way. Having said that, if that happens, we are playing very good cricket,” the Australian said.

Earlier, Gayle’s gutsy knock (99) and a cameo by Nicholas Pooran powered Punjab to 185 runs against Royals.

KXIP smashed 14 runs both in the 18th and 19th over respectively. The run-scoring was largely powered by Gayle as he smashed 99 runs off 63 balls. The ‘Universe Boss’ also completed 1000 sixes in the T20 cricket.

Meanwhile, Pooran scored 22 runs off 10 balls. However, Jofra Archer ended Gayle stint at the crease as the ‘Universe Boss’ missed his century by a run. After getting out Gayle sent his bat flying, then shook hands with Archer.

Put into bat, KXIP got off to the worst possible start with Mandeep Singh back in the hut in the very first over. Gayle then joined skipper KL Rahul and started whacking boundaries. The left-hander started off from where he left the other day.

With 14 runs coming in the sixth over, KXIP smashed 53 runs in the powerplay. Gayle continued his onslaught as KXIP got over the 100-run mark in the 13th over.

Meanwhile, the left-handed Gayle completed his 31st IPL half-century as Rahul continued to play the role of second fiddle.

Ben Stokes dismissed Rahul in the 15th over as a 120-run stand for the second wicket came to an end. Pooran, who came into bat at number four, whacked two sixes as KXIP looked to finish on a big note.

The duo continued to whack the ball as KXIP smashed 14, 11, and 14 runs in the 16th, 17th, and 18th over respectively. However, a stunning catch by Rahul Tewatia ended Pooran’s cameo in the 18th over.

With 14 runs coming in the sixth over, KXIP smashed 53 runs in the powerplay. Gayle continued his onslaught as KXIP got over the 100-run mark in the 13th over.

Meanwhile, the left-handed Gayle completed his 31st IPL half-century as Rahul continued to play the role of second fiddle.

Ben Stokes dismissed Rahul in the 15th over as a 120-run stand for the second wicket came to an end. Pooran, who came into bat at number four, whacked two sixes as KXIP looked to finish on a big note.

The duo continued to whack the ball as KXIP smashed 14, 11, and 14 runs in the 16th, 17th, and 18th over respectively. However, a stunning catch by Rahul Tewatia ended Pooran’s cameo in the 18th over.

In the end, KXIP scored 185 runs in their allotted 20 overs. (With inputs from ANI)





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