724dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Stokes century scripts stunning Pune win

A maiden T20 hundred from Ben Stokes moved Rising Pune Supergiant to their sixth win of the season in a seesawing contest against Gujarat Lions.

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BA Stokes
103(63) 7x4 - 6x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 26 runs
  • 0x4 - 4x6
6 5 5 2 25 20 18 22
BB McCullum
45(27) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
12 0 2 1 9 4 3 14

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
O4
M0
R27
W3
Eco6.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
JD Unadkat
O3.5
M0
R29
W3
Eco7.56
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Rising Pune Supergiant , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

01 May 2017 - night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Rising Pune Supergiant 2, Gujarat Lions 0

Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

11.30pm Stokes lets out a big roar and swipes his bat on the floor again. He simply owned the MCA Stadium tonight. Rising Pune needed 162. Stokes alone smashed an unbeaten 103 even as wickets fell around him.

He came into bat in the second over after Pune had lost Rahane, Smith, and Tiwary. He found his groove right away and hit his fifty off 38 balls. MS Dhoni started slowly again and continued to struggle as the asking rate ballooned. Stokes, however, pricked that balloon, reaching his second fifty off 23 balls.

It boiled down to 44 off 23 balls after Dhoni holed out to long-off. While Stokes pulled out all the stops, Christian did his bit by not playing a single dot. He kept turning the strike over to Stokes. This result now means RCB are out of the tournament.

Raina: The last over he did not bowl out. The dew was there when Basil and Jimmy were bowling. Credit to Stokes. We did not much power in the spinning department, but Stokes did well. I would say we were 25-30 runs short. We kept losing wickets and we were all out. Still I think we bowled well in the first six overs. The way Stokes was hitting was the turning point. The way he was hitting, clean strikes. Still we have four games left. Hopefully things will turn out better for us.

Smith: It wasn't an ideal start but we have some artillery in the shed. MS and Stoksy took it deep. It is one of the easier ground to his sixes and Stokesy made use of it. I thought it was a great effort for the bowlers to pull it back to 160. One of the balls hit the side of the hoarding, taking a chunk out of it, and the ball started reversing. We are peaking at the right time, hopefully not too early. As I said, Lockie was unlucky to miss out. Stoksy is a quality player and he certainly earned his cash. Fantastic player and very proud of him.

Stokes, of course, is the Match of the Match: It's just a cramp in the calf. The legs aren't alright but it will be alright in the morning. We lost quite a few early wickets... me and MS just tried to keep it ticking. Numbers game: we just tried to go big at the start of the over and cool it off (what was the plan?). I actually think it did me good (the niggle) and I had a rest. Maybe I was doing some training that did not benefit me. I just let my natural instincts to take over.

This is Stokes' third Man-of-the-match award this season, more than any other player. Gee! that was some innings. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did bringing it to you. Until next time, goodbye and cheers!

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Sauharda: "Had Christian hit that last ball for 4, today matches would have been won coincidently in similar fashion; same numbers of wickets down and same runs on the board. #justathought"

Siddarth: "Bowling his 4 overs with many balls over 140 and then coming back to score a century to win the game. Its a super human stuff. Take a bow, Ben Stokes "

Amar: "Dhoni may have been slow but it made the Pune innings stable. The Dhoni-Stokes partnetship of 76 runs was critical."

19.5
6
Faulkner to Christian, SIX runs, Christian seals it for Pune with a six over square leg. Length ball, seam-up, angled in, Christian holds his shape and bludgeons it into the stands

Vinod Rajpal: "The Million $ show , Thank U Ben...."

19.4
1
Faulkner to Stokes, 1 run, back of the hand slower ball on off stump, whipped down to long-on
19.3
1
Faulkner to Christian, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Christian cuts a single to sweeper cover

srini: "Pacing of the innings, picking the right balls to hit, keeping cool ....absolute brilliance...this innings from Stokes."

19.2
1lb
Faulkner to Stokes, 1 leg bye, Stokes pre-meditates, aims a reverse sweep and misses. Takes it on the pad and hobbles across for a leg bye
19.1
4
Faulkner to Stokes, FOUR runs, Stokes raises his maiden T20 hundred in style. What an innings. Million-dollar innings. Overpitched and outside off, Stokes sizes it up and flat-bats it through the covers. He swipes his bat on the floor and celebrates. Stokes, bad calf and all, is doing it for Pune

Faulkner to bowl the last over. Pune need 8 off the last over

END OF OVER:
19 | 17 Runs | RPS: 154/5 (8 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.10, RRR: 8.00)

  • BA Stokes98 (60b)
  • DT Christian10 (6b)
  • Basil Thampi4-0-35-2
  • PJ Sangwan4-0-38-2

Only five scores of 90 or over have come in losing chases in IPL

18.6
1
Basil Thampi to Stokes, 1 run, length ball outside off, carved through the covers. Stokes gets himself back on strike.... and collapses at the non-striker's end. Looks like he is suffering from cramps

Supergiant 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4AM RahaneRA Tripathi
2nd4SPD SmithRA Tripathi
3rd2MK TiwaryRA Tripathi
4th32BA StokesRA Tripathi
5th76MS DhoniBA Stokes
6th49DT ChristianBA Stokes