Ben Stokes fiery an unbeaten 103 to lead Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket win over Gujarat Lions that consolidated their fourth position in IPL 2017 in Pune.
Earlier, Imran Tahir and Jaydev Unadkat took three wickets each to restrict Gujarat Lions to 161 in 19.5 over after Brendon McCullum(45) gave them a flying start with shan Kishan (31) adding 55 quick runs for the first wicket but lost wickets in a heap to lose way.
Tahir not only broke the opening stand but also got Aaron Finch (13) and Dwyane Smith (0) in successive balls and Jaydev Unadkat (3/29) also took three wickets.
Chasing a modest 162 to win,the hosts were reeling at 42 for four when the England batsman came out firing to ensure that the good job done by the bowlers does not go waste.
Left-arm pacer Pradeep Sangwan provided the Lions a perfect start by dismissing both Ajinkya Rahane (4) and Steve Smith (4) in the very first over.
Soon it came 42 for four when Manoj Tiwary (0) was trapped by Basil Tahmpi and Rahul Tripathi (6) was run out.
From here, Stokes joined forces with MS Dhoni (26) and the duo added 76 runs for the fifth-wicket to depressed the Gujarat Lions.
RPS needed 60 off the final five overs. Stokes creamed off 16 runs from Dwayne Smith’s 16th over but Dhoni hit one straight to McCullum in the next over by Thampi.
Stokes, stand till the end to take the side to finish line, His 103 came off 63 balls with seven fours and six sixes.