Ben stokes, the most expensive player in this IPL edition hammered a maiden T20 century against Gujarat Lions. When stokes came to bat, the score was 42 with the loss of four wickets. Chasing a target of 161 runs, Stokes played one of the brilliant innings scoring a ton 103* off just 63 balls with seven fours and six sixes. Dhoni on the other side made 76 run partnership on the fifth wicket. Ben stokes single-handedly finished the game with five wickets to spare.
Ben Stokes performance in current IPL
Ben stokes has won three Man of the Match awards in eight matches in the current edition of IPL, more than any other player. His century is the highest score by a batsman at fifth position in an IPL chase.
Silencing all his critics
Pune Supergiants had bought Ben Stokes for a record 14.5 crore ($2.16 million), the most expensive overseas player ever in the auction. Ben stokes latest ton would silence all his critics who were still debating whether he deserved the high price tag in this tournament. This is stokes highest ever score in T20 cricket, his previous best was 77. English all-rounder has proven his talent beyond doubt.
Stokes century scripts RPS first win over Gujarat Lions
This was Rising Pune Supergiant’s first win over Gujarat Lions. Ben Stokes’ maiden IPL ton also knocked Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the play-off race. Except Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rising Pune finished all other wins in the last over. The skipper of the RPS Steve Smith were full of praise of stokes saying “he is a quality player and he certainly earned his cash." RPS now has 12 points from 10 matches and also placed their fourth position in IPL. “We lost quite a few early wickets... Me and MS [Dhoni] just tried to keep it ticking. We just tried to go big at the start of the over, and cool it off,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Ben Stokes as saying on how he approached the chase.