45th Match (N), Abu Dhabi, October 25, 2020, Indian Premier League
(18.2/20 ov, T:196) 196/2

Royals won by 8 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Full commentary

9:55pm And that is all from our coverage tonight. We'll see you tomorrow. Good night!

Ben Stokes: It's sort of bittersweet to be honest. 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 was coming on nicely. The harder shot to play was when they dug into the wicket. And we scored off Bumrah porbably a lot freer than we thought we'd be able to. [Tribute to his father when he raised the bat] Things are a bit difficult right now, but hope this has given a bit of happiness back home.

Ben Stokes is the Man of the Match.

Steven Smith: Very pleased. That's what we've been crying out for, two of our experienced players to take it deep and the way they played, very pleased. I think the wicket was playing good today, the ball was coming on nice. I think Stokes' intent from first ball - he got into a nice groove tonight. They just played good cricket shots to keep the rate in check. We did a lot of things right, taking wickets in the middle, but the dropped catch was pretty costly in the middle. Great hitting from Hardik, probably didn't get our plans right either. I just hope our batters from tonight can take a bit of confidence and momentum into the next two games. It's what we've lacked, out experienced batters getting winning scores.

Sanju Samson: I kept on believing in myself. When you play 14 games, you will go through ups and downs. Different wickets you play differently and that's what I did today. Last 2-3 games we've spent some time together, this game was the best one. To be very honest, I wasn't looking at the required runs, I just reacted to the ball. My game is simple, I hit it if it's there and take singles and doubles otherwise. I did give myself time but I was looking for boundaries. The intent was there, but I took 5-6 balls to get myself in. [The gesture after fifty] I was just reminding myself of my name, Samson is the strongest man in the world. (A biblical reference)

Kieron Pollard: I thought Hardik brought us straight back into the game, but well played to Stokes and well played to Samson. The wicket ended up being a good wicket with a little bit of dew. It played into their strengths. But having said that, well played to the opposition. It really doesn't do much to the campaign, we still have three games to do. We just have to come out with good cricket. Our bowlers tried but it wasn't meant to be today. [Hardik] keeps showing time and time again, doesn't matter the position of the team. Tough luck an innings like that he ends up on the losing side.

Manish: "Finally, a good sleep for Ankit Rajpoot and Kartik Tyagi thanks to special knock of Ben Stokes and Smart batting of Sanju Samson. Brilliant teamwork."

Manish: "Finally, a good sleep for Ankit Rajpoot and Kartik Tyagi thanks to special knock of Ben Stokes and Smart batting of Sanju Samson. Brilliant teamwork."

Rangara: "This match proves that Mumbai can be beatable in play offs so no team should fear them"

Akhilesh: "Incredible innings from Stokes. He's facing a lot of personal problems and coming here and conjuring up an knock like this...absolutely no words."

saheras: "so technically stokes still doesnt have a fifty in Ipl for RR; he got a hundred but not a fifty"

Milan Panth: "Even though it's a bit late, Stokes found his form. Hopefully, this will bring something for the Royals. Expecting an interesting competition between the teams for qualification to semis!"

9:35pm More records - this is the highest ever chase against Mumbai Indians. By a run, with 195 being the previous highest. They would have got more too with this kind of batting. The win is sealed with ten balls to spare and by an unbeaten stand of 152. They made 65 runs between the 13th and 16th overs, which is a reflection of how well the surface was playing through the middle overs as well; but mostly it was the perfectly paced chase. The required rate rarely got into double figures, throughout the innings, and that was down to Stokes' relentless attack right from the first over he faced, off which he made 16. Sanju Samson took a bit of time in his first 20 or so deliveries before exploding to life with some trademark languid six-hitting. In the end, a total that seemed above par ended up looking a rather simple chase. Rajasthan Royals stay alive for the playoffs. Chennai Super Kings officially become the first team to be out of the reckoning.

Pattinson to Stokes, FOUR runs

lifts it over extra cover to seal the win. Low full toss pushed across him, reaches out and opens the face perfectly

Pattinson to Stokes, SIX runs

swipes it over midwicket to bring up his second IPL hundred! This is what Stokes does when he gets past 50 in the IPL - turns them into hundreds. Length ball picked up with a pristine pull shot. He's struggled to get the runs away but has been pretty close to flawless tonight. His previous century also came in chase, this is a record in the IPL

end of over 184 runs
RR: 186/2CRR: 10.33 RRR: 5.00
Sanju Samson54 (31)
Ben Stokes97 (58)
Trent Boult 4-0-40-0
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-38-0
Boult to Samson, no run

short and wide outside off, beaten on the cut

Boult to Stokes, 1 run

slower short ball down leg side, pulled out to deep backward square

Benjie: "Well things have been crazy this IPL....even now Mr @Varun Shetty doesnt dare count MI out...xD"

Boult to Samson, 1 run

full on the pads, flicked straight to short fine

Boult to Stokes, 1 run

short and just outside off. Check-pull down to long-on as that stops on him

Boult to Stokes, no run

full and following him down leg side. Driven on the bounce to the bowler

Boult to Samson, 1 run

low full toss outside off, driven to long-off's left

Rajkumar Lingav: "Pollard's captaincy winning stream will come to an end today." --- Has 15 wins in a row before this. It will also be his first IPL loss as captain if Royals close this off.

end of over 1710 runs
RR: 182/2CRR: 10.70 RRR: 4.66
Ben Stokes95 (55)
Sanju Samson52 (28)
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-38-0
Trent Boult 3-0-36-0
Bumrah to Stokes, FOUR runs

top edge over the keeper. Short and across the corridor, looks to pull along the ground and this is into the third man boundary

Bumrah to Stokes, no run

short and climbing across middle stump. Sways out of the way to let it go

Bumrah to Samson, 1 run

short and wide outside off, cut to sweeper cover

Bumrah to Stokes, 1 run

slower short ball at leg stump, pulled into the square leg region

Bumrah to Stokes, 2 runs

good length outside off, allows that on ad chops to third man's left. Comes back for the second and puts in a slide to get into the nineties. It's sent upstairs for the run out but he was well in

Bumrah to Stokes, 2 runs

good length on leg stump, glanced to deep square's left

Bumrah to bowl out

end of over 1615 runs
RR: 172/2CRR: 10.75 RRR: 6.00
Ben Stokes86 (50)
Sanju Samson51 (27)
Trent Boult 3-0-36-0
Jasprit Bumrah 3-0-28-0

Time out. 65 have come off the last four overs and the required rate is run-a-ball now.

Boult to Stokes, 1 run

yorker into leg stump, flicked to deep midwicket

Boult to Stokes, FOUR runs

tickled fine. Yorker dipping down leg side and he helps it along off the front foot

Boult to Stokes, 2 runs

slower ball at a length on middle stump, waits on that and nudges with soft hands to long-on's left

Boult to Stokes, FOUR runs

thick outside edge fine of short third man. Slower short ball rising outside off. Backs into the leg side and goes hard with the cut that he's ultimately not in control of

Boult to Stokes, 2 runs

length and at the body, shoveled into the vacant midwicket region off the back foot

Boult to Stokes, 2 runs

just clears extra cover. Slower short ball outside off, waits on that for the lofted cut which comes off the toe-end. Sweeper cleans up to the left