[caption id="attachment_602133" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Steven-Smith-RPS.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-602133" alt="Smith, applauded Stokes' match-winning knock which was laden with 7 fours and 6 sixes AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Steven-Smith-RPS.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Smith, applauded Stokes' match-winning knock which was laden with 7 fours and 6 sixes AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>England cricketer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ben-stokes" target="_blank">Ben Stokes</a> showed on Monday why he deserves every single penny of the INR 14.5 crores he got during <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ipl" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) 2017 player auction. Playing against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/gujarat-lions" target="_blank">Gujarat Lions</a> (GL), with the backs against the wall, the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/rising-pune-supergiants" target="_blank">Rising Pune Supergiant</a> (RPS) all-rounder hammered an unbeaten 103 off 63 balls to guide his team to a 5-wicket win. Chasing 162 to win at Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune, RPS were reeling at 10 for 3 and further at 42 for 4. But Stokes had other ideas, as he almost single-handedly earned RPS their 6th win in the tournament, thus keeping them at the fourth place in the points table. <p></p> <p></p>All, including the RPS captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith" target="_blank">Steven Smith</a>, applauded Stokes' match-winning knock which was laden with 7 fours and 6 sixes. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Smith said, It wasn't an ideal start but we have some artillery in the shed. The partnership between MS [Dhoni] and Stokes was magnificent; they took it deep, said Smith, adding It is one of the easier ground to hit sixes and Stokesy made use of it. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier, Gujarat had a flying start, as they were 94 for 2 inside 10 overs at one stage. However, the RPS bowlers pulled things back for their side as GL could eventually manage only 161 all-out. Smith was all praise for his bowlers. It was a great effort from the bowlers to pull it back. One of the balls hit the side of the hoarding, taking a chunk out of it, and the ball started reversing. That made things easier, he said. <p></p> <p></p>Talking about momentum after a good run in the IPL 10 of late, Smith said, The tournament is about peaking at the right time. Hopefully, it's not too early. Five or six games in a row here. Hopefully we can keep that up. He also had some words for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/lockie-ferguson" target="_blank">Lockie Ferguson</a>, who had to miss this game for Stokes after a Man-of-the-Match winning performance in the last game. It was unlucky to miss out after getting Man of the Match and bowling so well in the last game. Stokesy is a quality guy, that's why we picked him up. 100 odd off 60 rocks," Smith concluded.