Rashid Khan produced a magical delivery and clean bowled Ben Stokes in IPL 2020. The Rajasthan Royals are playing Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai. Batting first Ben Stokes once again came out to bat as an opener in the crucial match.
Even after having Jos Buttler in their ranks, RR trusted Stokes to open alongside Robin Uthappa.
Stokes who is coming after a long break from cricket once again looked rusty. The usually fluent Stokes struggled for timing were other batsmen where executing free-flowing shots. The all-rounder batted till the 13th over of the innings but could only make 30 from 32 deliveries.
Ben Stokes Clean Bowled By Rashid Khan
When it seemed Stokes would accelerate and improve his strike rate, he was castled by Rashid Khan. The influential spinner of SRH bowled a well-disguised googly to Stokes to which he had no clue. Stokes looked to play it down the ground but was completely beaten by the pace and accuracy of Rashid Khan.
The magician from Afghanistan disturbed the timber of Stokes as he headed back with disappointment to the pavilion. This was a pivotal matchup in the game, which Rashid won hands down against the quality all-rounder of Royals.
As soon as the leggie saw Stokes missing the ball and getting bowled he was off celebrating in his trademark style.
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Meanwhile, Stokes in his batting effort could only hit 2 boundaries in 32 balls. It was very uncharacteristic of Stokes and his inning was ended with a strike rate of under 100. Rashid on the other hand was on target once again as he only gave away 20 runs in 4 overs spell and took the prized scalp of Stokes.
The wicket of Stokes shifted the momentum towards SRH as Jos Buttler too fell cheaply. The Royals are currently 117-4 after 17 overs with their skipper Steve Smith and Ritan Parag at the crease. They will be striving for a total of between 150-160 which will keep them in the match.