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IPL 2017: RCB vs RPS - Star of the Match - Ben Stokes

Cricketnext Staff |April 17, 2017, 12:57 AM IST
IPL 2017: RCB vs RPS - Star of the Match - Ben Stokes

Rising Pune Supergiant broke their bank in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in February and shelled out Rs 14.5 Cr to acquire the services of all-rounder Ben Stokes. Now, it seems that the Englishman is slowing paying back the owners with his superb on-field displays.

Stokes picked up 3/18 in four overs to break the backbone of Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting line-up as RPS cruised to a 27-run victory at the Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday.

Virat Kohli became Stokes' first dismissal of the day and proved to be the turning point of Bangalore's unsuccessful chase in the end. Stokes got the better of Kohli in his first over of the day itself and he was dismissed for 28 of 19 balls.

The all-rounder bowled a brilliant bouncer to Kohli, which he tried to flat-bat down on the ground, but the ball took a top edge and was easily caught by Ajinjya Rahane few meters inside the boundary rope.

Stokes then got rid of Shane Watson who was starting to look dangerous in the chase. While Kiwi Adam Milne became his third scalp of the day.

However, it was not just his wickets, but Stokes was very economical as well, as he gave away just 18 runs in four overs. Stokes also bowled as many as 13 dot balls which helped Pune to strangulate the RCB batsmen during the middle overs.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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