In what could be seen as the complete turnaround of fortunes, Ben Stokes heroic century not only proved the money of Rs.14 crore spent on him by his team as a worthy investment but has also made his team to win the first match over Gujarat Lions by eventually knocking it off from the tournament.
Gujarat Lions which batted first scored 161 in 19.5 overs before being bowled out. The team had a solid first wicket partnership of 55 runs with Ishan Kishan scoring 31 and Brendon McCullum scoring 45 in quick succession but after that there was a collapse in the middle order only to be revived by Dinesh Karthik who scored 29 and Ravindra Jadeja who scored 19.
Rising Pune Super Giants who is currently placed at No.4 in the table after this victory had two bowlers namely Imran Tahir and Jaydev Unadkat securing 3 wickets each.
When they started batting, RPSG was in for a huge shock. Within 10 runs, they lost 3 wickets. With Ben Stokes stepping in after that, there was no turning back. He scored 103 in 63 deliveries with 7 boundaries and 6 sixers and remained not out till the end scripting a perfect win for his team. Twitter erupted by comparing him with Bahubali who did the unthinkable.
On the other match, Mumbai Indians had also registered their win making people of Maharashtra really glad as it was “Maharashtra Day” yesterday and both the teams from the State had scripted their victories.