sport news Ben Stokes back to his best with big-hitting Indian Premier League century

Ben Stokes returns to his best with an unbeaten hundred to keep Rajasthan Royals' Indian Premier League hopes alive with victory over Mumbai Indians Ben Stokes finished with a total of 107 not out on Sunday from 60 balls  It comes after showing only glimmers of his ability in his first five matches His Rajasthan Royals' side stunned Mumbai Indians with a win by eight wickets 

By Rory Dollard, Pa Cricket Correspondent

Published: 22:51 GMT, 25 October 2020 | Updated: 22:51 GMT, 25 October 2020

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England's Ben Stokes roared back to form in the Indian Premier League with a stunning unbeaten century for Rajasthan Royals.

Stokes was a late arrival at the tournament, having taken an extended period of time to be with his seriously ill father Ged in New Zealand, and showed only glimmers of his match-winning ability with the bat in his first five matches.

That all ended in emphatic at Sharjah on Sunday, where he smashed 107 not out in just 60 balls against Mumbai Indians, batting through the innings to chase down 195.

Ben Stokes (pictured here in 2019) hit a 107 not out in Rahasthan Royal's IPL victory

Ben Stokes (pictured here in 2019) hit a 107 not out in Rahasthan Royal's IPL victory

The knock, which included 14 fours and his first three sixes at this year's competition, was just his second T20 century and his highest ever score in the format.

But with the Royals needing help from elsewhere to reach the latter stages of the IPL, the England all-rounder told Sky Sports: 'It was bittersweet to be honest.

'I'm a bit taken aback at

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