More last-over pain for Ben Stokes as England star is punished in IPL

Telegraph Sport
The Telegraph
Ben Stokes flopped with bat and ball - AFP
Ben Stokes flopped with bat and ball - AFP

England all-rounder Ben Stokes suffered more Twenty20 final-over punishment during Rising Pune Supergiants’ 97-run defeat by Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

He conceded 23 runs from his final six balls to bring back memories of his World T20 heartache when Carlos Brathwaite smacked four consecutive sixes to fire West Indies to glory in India just over a year ago.

Stokes had conceded only 18 runs from his first three overs before South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris cut loose, leaving him with figures of nought for 41 in Pune.

After Corey Anderson collected a single from the opening ball, Morris hit a four either side of a two before ending the innings with back-to-back sixes to lift Delhi to 205 for four.

Stokes’s England team-mate Sam Billings struck four fours in a 17-ball 24 opening the innings for Delhi, for whom Sanju Samson blasted 102 off 63 deliveries.

Stokes did not fare much better with the bat as he was caught behind off Pat Cummins for just two as Pune were dismissed for 108.

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