Ben Stokes scored a fantastic unbeaten 107, as Rajasthan Royals thumped the Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in Abu Dhabi to keep their play off hopes alive on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians included James Pattinson for Nathan Coulter-Nile, while Rajasthan went in with an unchanged line up.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mumbai Indians were rocked as Quinton De Kock chopped a Jofra Archer ball on to his stumps.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan added 83 runs for the second wicket, before the latter fell to Kartik Tyagi, with Archer taking a stunning one handed catch at the boundary.
Mumbai were deal with further blows as the well set Yadav and skipper Pollard fell in quick succession to Kieron Pollard.
A dropped catch from Rahul Tewatia when Hardik Pandya was on 5 proved to be very costly for the Royals as the MI all rounder made them pay by taking Ankit Rajpoot and Tyagi to the cleaners.
Pandya finished on 60 *off 21, as Mumbai posted an imposing 195/6 at the end of their 20 overs.
Chasing 196, Rajasthan opener Robin Uthappa was dismissed for just 3, caught at mid on by Pollard off the bowling of James Pattinson.
The Australian pacer also accounted for compatriot Steve Smith to leave the Royals at 44/2.
The pair of Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes took the attack to the bowlers, smashing them to all parts of the ground, as they added an unbeaten 152 run stand to take Rajasthan Royals to a comprehensive 8 wicket win.
They were particular harsh on spinner Rahul Chahar who went for 36 runs in 3 overs and even the re introduction of Jasprit Bumrah didn’t help Mumbai, as Rajasthan reached home with 10 balls to spare.
England all rounder Stokes remained unbeaten on 107, while Kerala batsman Samson was not out on 54.
With this win, Rajasthan Royals are now at 6th place with 10 points.