It was the fourth loss for Mumbai, who remain in a comfortable position at the top of the standings.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) were up against the table-toppers Mumbai Indians (MI) in a high-scoring clash at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 25, Sunday.
Samson joined Stokes, who had collected four boundaries off Trent Boult in the third over.
Stokes raised his century with a pulled six off James Pattinson (2-40) before closing the game by lifting the Australian fast bowler over extra cover off the next delivery.
With seven wins from 10 games, Mumbai Indians are now at the top of the pointstable and have all but secured their passage to the next round.
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Pandya smashed 60 not out from only 21 balls, including seven sixes, to lift Mumbai to their challenging total, only for Stokes to make light of the chase. But Stokes hit the last two balls of the sixth over for fours, bowled by Krunal, to ensure the Royals didn't bog down.
Quinton de Kock had scores of 53, 78*, 53 and 46* coming into this game.
Hardik took the attack to Kartik Tyagi (1-45) in the final over, hitting him for three sixes and two fours.
The Royals turned to their two legspinners - Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia - after that and the move worked straightaway as the next two overs produced only eight runs. The ball flew towards third man where Archer misjudged it before plucking it one-handed over his head to leave his team-mates gasping. "It's such an even tournament and the challenge is to bring your best out in every game and unfortunately, through the course of the tournament, we haven't done that and have allowed teams to come back in games we probably should've won", McDonald said in an official release issued by Rajasthan Royals. It was a Stokes storm in Abu Dhabi as he played a blistering innings of 107 not out in just 60 balls including 14 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 178.33.
Chennai opener Ruturaj Gaikwad upstaged Kohli with an unbeaten 65 off 51 balls and guided his team to 150-2 in 18.4 overs when he lofted Chris Morris for a six over the long leg boundary.