Pune, India: Ben Stokes smashed a scintillating unbeaten century last night to steer Rising Pune Supergiants to a thrilling five-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League.
Needing 25 runs of 12 balls, Stokes struck two sixes in the penultimate over which yielded 17 runs to bring the target down to eight of six balls.
Stokes (103, 63 balls, 7 fours, 6 sixes) then stuck the first ball of the last over to complete his century while Daniel Christian slammed a six of the penultimate delivery to complete an unlikely victory.
Earlier, Gujarat Lions made a modest 161 all out in 19.5 overs with opener Brendon McCullum (45, 27 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) the top scorer.
With this victory Pune jumped to fourth spot in the standings with 12 points from 10 matches, while Gujarat stay sixth (6 from 10).
Earlier in Mumbai, the hosts beat struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets to move to the top of the table (16 from 10).
Pawan Negi’s all-round show for Bangalore failed to break their losing streak.
Skipper Rohit Sharma led the charge for the hosts with an unbeaten 56 as Mumbai chased down a target of 163 with one ball remaining.
Earlier, Bangalore had posted 162 for eight riding on AB de Villiers 27-ball 43 and Negi’s 23-ball 35. Negi then got Bangalore back into the game for a brief while bowling a tidy spell of 4-0-17-2.
Bangalore (5 from 11) are seventh in the standings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 162-8 (De Villiers 43, Negi 35; McClenaghan 3-34) lost to Mumbai Indians 165-5 (Rohit 56*, Buttler 33; Negi 2-17) by 5 wickets.
Gujarat Lions 161 (McCullum 45, Karthik 29; Tahir 3-27, Unadkat 3-29) lost to Rising Pune Supergiant 167-5 (Stokes 103*, Dhoni 26; Thampi 2-35, Sangwan 2-38) by five wickets.
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