Ben Stokes hits Maiden IPL Hundred; RPS beat Gujarat Lions
An incredible innings of 103* off 63 balls by Ben Stokes helped Rising Pune Supergiant to register a much needed win over Gujarat Lions to stay at 4th position in the IPL points table. It was Stokes’ maiden Hundred.
Earlier, Gujarat Lions bowled out for 161 in 19.5 overs. Brendon McCullum was the top scorer with 45. Ishan Kishan (31) and Dinesh Karthik (29) were the other top contributors. Jaydev Unadkat and Imran Tahir took 3 wickets each.
Chasing a victory target of 162, RPS lost three wickets for just 10 runs on board. 4th wicket fell on 42. However, Stokes (103*) and Dhoni (26) added 76 runs for the 5th wicket, which changed the course of the game.
RPS reached 167/5 in 19.5 and won the match by 5 wickets. Pradeep Sangwan and Basil Thampi took two wickets each.
Ben Stokes was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’.