IPL 2017: Ben Stokes certainly has earned his cash, says RPS skipper Steve Smith after win over GL

PTI, May, 02 2017

Pune: After consolidating their fourth spot in the table, Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith feels they are "peaking at the right time", while adding that 'Man of the Match' Ben Stokes had earned every cent in the record $14.5 million that he was sold for in the player auction.

RPS beat Gujarat Lions by five wickets after a top-order collapse, with Stokes lighting the evening up by smashing his maiden IPL ton, and now stand pretty at fourth spot with 12 points.

"It wasn't an ideal start but we have some artillery in the shed. MS (Dhoni) and Stokesy (Stokes) took it deep. It is one of the easier ground to his sixes and Stokesy made use of it. I thought it was a great effort for the bowlers to pull it back to 160. We are peaking at the right time, hopefully not early," Smith said after the match.

Ben Stokes brought up his maiden T20 century in 61 deliveries. Sportzpics

Ben Stokes brought up his maiden T20 century in 61 deliveries. Sportzpics

"Stokesy is a quality player and he certainly earned his cash. Fantastic player and very proud of him."

Stokes, who added 76 runs for the fifth wicket with former India captian MS Dhoni to repair the innings, said their plan was to rotate the strike.

"We lost quite a few early wickets... Me and MS just tried to keep it ticking. Numbers game: we just tried to go big at the start of the over and cool it off," he said.

Lions skipper Suresh Raina not having quality spin attack hurt them in the match.

"The dew was there when Basil and Jimmy were bowling. Credit to Stokes. We did not have much power in the spinning department, but Stokes did well. I would say we were 25-30 runs short. We kept losing wickets and we were all out. Still I think we bowled well in the first six overs. The way Stokes was hitting was the turning point. The way he was hitting, clean strikes," he said.

"Still we have four games left. Hopefully things will turn out better for us," Raina signed off.

Published Date: May 02, 2017 | Updated Date: May 02, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115