New Delhi: English all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14 crore at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction earlier this year by Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), is peaking at the right time. After a series of poor scores with the bat, Stokes single-handedly guided his team to a stunning win over Gujarat Lions in Match 39 of the tournament on Monday night.
Chasing a decent total of 161 runs, RPS got off to a forgettable start after losing Ajinkya Rahane (4), skipper Steve Smith (4) and Manoj Tiwary (0) in the first two over of the innings. At a time when the innings was left in tatters, Stokes launched a sensational counter-attack much to the disbelief of all those who were watching the match.
Stokes brought Pune’s innings back on track by adding 32 runs for the fourth wicket with Rahul Tripathi and then a 76-run stand with MS Dhoni for the fifth wicket. After Dhoni was dismissed in the 17th over, the left-handed batsman took the onus on his shoulders and guided RPS to an emphatic win.