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Last over dilemma continues for Ben Stokes
IPL 2019

Last over dilemma continues for Ben Stokes

Another night, another humiliation for Ben Stokes as he could not defend 18 runs in the last over against Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes came to deliver the last over with the memories of ICC T20I World Cup 2016.

Haunted by the past, he could not find line and length and was demolished all over the park along with 2 extras. He got the key wicket of MS Dhoni but with 3 runs required off the last ball, Mitchell Santner finished the game off with a six and further traumatized Stokes.

In the Final of the ICC T20 World Cup, a similar thing happened when Ben Stokes could not defend 19 runs and conceded 4 sixes off the first4 balls against Carlos Brathwaite and lost the won battle for England. There is something wrong with Stokes' ability to hold nerves when it comes to bowling in the last overs.