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May 11, 2014 at 11:47pm IST

As it happened: Bangalore vs Rajasthan, Match 35, IPL 7

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Smith (48 off 21) and Faulkner (41 off 17) blinders overshadow Yuvraj's heroics (83 and 4/35) as Rajasthan chase down RCB's 190 to win by 5 wickets.

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Pre-match: The battle between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday is of huge importance for the latter who are struggling to stay afloat in IPL 7 reeling under a string of losses.

As it happened: Bangalore vs Rajasthan, Match 35, IPL 7

File phot of RCB batsman Yuvraj Singh. (BCCI)

The two teams have had an entirely opposite run in their 8 matches apiece in the tournament so far, where Rajasthan have won 5 and lost 3 while Bangalore have lost 5 and won 3.

The aforementioned stats make it almost mandatory for RCB to end up as winners on Sunday, but it's not going to be easy against a resolute Rajasthan team.

Commentary (Rajasthan Royals 1st Innings)

That's it from us then. What a match it was! Join us tomorrow for the Mumbai-Hyderabad clash. Until then good bye and take care!

Man of the Match - James Faulkner. Says he loves this ground but not when he bowls here as he was smacked around on both the occasions. He thought AB would hit him for six sixes. He knows Bangalore are a very good team with good experienced players. Credits Smith for his batting, he gave a lot of momentum and it was a good team effort.

Bangalore bowlers did their job earlier but couldn't stop the Smith-Faulkner onslaught. Yuvraj Singh was the hero with the ball as well as he grabbed four wickets. Was this the best performance on a losing cause? The whole attention would be on the Smith and Faulkner partnership. They added 85 runs off just 32 balls!

What a match! If your team require 65 runs from 24 balls then you know the game is almost over. But the two Australians, James Faulkner and Steven Smith had some other plans. Faulkner had scored a century here before but tonight his cameo came on a winning cause. Steven Smith held his nerves and chased down the total with seven balls to spare.

18.5 V Aaron to J Faulkner, SIX! Jaipur win by 5 wickets! Crazy, just crazy stuff! Full toss on the pads, Faulkner smacks it over the backward square leg region. The ball goes all the way over the ropes for a biggie. The whole Jaipur dug out is ecstatic! 191/5

18.4 V Aaron to J Faulkner, FOUR! Jaipur favorites! Full ball outside off, Faulkner drives it through the point region for a boundary. 6 needed off 8 balls. 185/5

18.3 V Aaron to J Faulkner, On middle and leg, Faulkner pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple. 181/5

18.2 V Aaron to J Faulkner, SIX! Into the stands! On middle, Faulkner hammers it over mid-wicket, this one goes into the stands as well for a biggie. 179/5

18.2 V Aaron to S Smith, TWO WIDES! Down the leg side, the batsmen pick up a run as well. The umpire signals a wide. Two runs added to the total! 173/5

18.1 V Aaron to J Faulkner, Around off, Faulkner drives it through covers for a single. 171/5

21 needed off 12 balls.

17.6 A Dinda to S Smith, Driven through the covers by the batsman. 170/5

Free hit coming up...

17.6 A Dinda to S Smith, SIX! No ball! This is crazy stuff! Around off, Smith hammers it straight down the ground for a biggie! 170/5

17.5 A Dinda to J Faulkner, On off, Faulkner gets an outside edge and the batsmen pick up a single. 163/5

17.4 A Dinda to S Smith, Driven through mid-on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 162/5

17.3 A Dinda to S Smith, FOUR! This is smart batting! Yorker outside off, Smith steers it through the point region. Aaron dives there but fails to stop. This is alive! 161/5

17.2 A Dinda to S Smith, FOUR! A boundary now! Around off, Smith strikes it over mid-wicket. No fielder there and the ball crosses the boundary rope. 157/5

17.1 A Dinda to S Smith, SIX! The game is not over yet! Fullish outside off, Smith lofts it over the mid off region. The ball goes all the way into the stands for a biggie. 153/5

16.6 M Starc to J Faulkner, Outside off, Faulkner gets a top edge towards third man. The ball lands in no man's land for a couple. 147/5

16.5 M Starc to J Faulkner, SIX! Going, going and gone!! On middle, Faulkner lofts it over mid-wicket. The ball goes high up into the stands for a biggie. 145/5

16.5 M Starc to J Faulkner, WIDE! Wide outside off, the umpire signals a wide. 139/5

16.4 M Starc to J Faulkner, FOUR! Edged! Outside off, Faulkner tries to play over the leg but gets a top edge towards third man. One bounced and the ball crosses the boundary rope. 138/5

16.3 M Starc to J Faulkner, FOUR! Shortish outside off, Faulkner slashes it over the point region. Couple of bounces and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 134/5

16.3 M Starc to J Faulkner, WIDE! Full and wide outside off, Faulkner leaves it alone. 130/5

16.2 M Starc to J Faulkner, Run out appeal! Fullish outside off, Faulkner gets an outside edge towards third man. Zol throws at the striker's end but fumbles. Replays confirm Faulkner had made it in. Two runs taken. 129/5

16.1 M Starc to S Smith, Poor work from Parthiv! Full and wide outside off, Smith slashes it over third man. There's a throw at the striker's end. Faulkner has to run back as they go for the second but Parthiv with a poor effort to whip off the bails. Single taken. 127/5

15.6 Y Chahal to S Smith, Outside off, Smith comes down the track and smashes it to long off for a single. 126/5

15.5 Y Chahal to J Faulkner, On middle and off, Faulkner punches it away off his back foot. 125/5

15.4 Y Chahal to J Faulkner, Flighted on middle, Faulkner defends it watchfully. 124/5

15.3 Y Chahal to S Smith, On middle, Smith slog sweeps it through mid-wicket for a single. 124/5

15.2 Y Chahal to J Faulkner, Full on off, Faulkner drives it through mid on for a single. 123/5

15.1 Y Chahal to J Faulkner, Landed outside off, Faulkner tries to play that one but gets beaten. 122/5

14.6 V Aaron to S Smith, FOUR! The Smith ramp shot! Full on off, Smith gets across and ramps it through backward square leg for a boundary. 122/5

14.5 V Aaron to S Smith, And yet another play and a miss outside off. 118/5

14.4 V Aaron to S Smith, Slower one outside off, another play and a miss. 118/5

14.3 V Aaron to S Smith, Fullish outside off, Smith tries to push but gets beaten. 118/5

14.2 V Aaron to S Smith, SIX! Huge biggie now! Shortish on middle and leg, Smith smashes it hard over the mid-wicket region. The ball sails over the ropes for a biggie. 118/5

14.1 V Aaron to S Smith, FOUR! Pulled away! Shortish on middle, Smith pulls it through the square leg region for a boundary. 112/5

13.6 Y Singh to S Smith, Smith has driven it through mid-off. The batsmen have run through for a single. 108/5

13.5 Y Singh to J Faulkner, Around off, Faulkner punches it to long on for a single. 107/5

13.4 Y Singh to J Faulkner, On middle, Faulkner pushes it to covers. 106/5

James Faulkner walks out to bat.

13.3 Y Singh to K Nair, OUT! Fourth wicket for Yuvraj Singh! He is having one fine day! Full on middle, Nair comes down the track but misses it completely. The ball goes onto his stumps and Nair starts walking off straightaway. 106/5

13.2 Y Singh to S Smith, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single. 106/4

13.1 Y Singh to S Smith, SIX! Marvelous shot! Tossed up on off, Smith comes down the track and lofts it over the long off region for a biggie. 105/4

12.6 M Starc to K Nair, FOUR! Edged! Outside off, Nair goes for the pull but gets a top edge over the bowler's head for a boundary. 99/4

12.5 M Starc to K Nair, Another play and a miss outside off. 95/4

12.4 M Starc to K Nair, Full ball outside off, Nair tries to push but fails to put his bat on the ball. 95/4

12.3 M Starc to K Nair, The batsman has lofted it over covers. The fielder put down a skier. They manage to come back for the second. 95/4

12.2 M Starc to S Smith, Shortish on middle, Smith pulls it through the leg side for a single. 93/4

12.1 M Starc to K Nair, Outside off, Nair plays it through point for a single. 92/4

Mitchell Starc back on.

11.6 Y Chahal to K Nair, On middle, Nair slog sweeps it over the leg side for a single. 91/4

11.5 Y Chahal to K Nair, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. Two runs added to the total. 90/4

11.4 Y Chahal to K Nair, FOUR! Well played! On middle, Nair comes down the track and hits straight down the ground. Zol dives from long on but fails to stop the ball. Another boundary for Nair. 88/4

11.3 Y Chahal to S Smith, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 84/4

11.2 Y Chahal to S Smith, On middle, Smith tries to play straight but gets a leading edge to the off side. 83/4

11.1 Y Chahal to K Nair, Full on middle, Nair slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a single. 83/4

Steven Smith walks out to bat.

10.6 Y Singh to S Samson, OUT! Another wicket for Yuvraj Singh! On middle, Samson punches it back to the bowler. Samson is annoyed. Yuvraj is happy. Bangalore on top! 82/4

10.5 Y Singh to K Nair, Outside off, Nair punches it away off his back foot. Single taken. 82/3

10.4 Y Singh to K Nair, On middle, Nair clips it through mid-wicket for a couple. 81/3

10.3 Y Singh to S Samson, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 79/3

10.2 Y Singh to S Samson, FOUR! Touch shortish outside off, Samson cuts it through the point region. The ball races away to the boundary rope in no time. 78/3

10.1 Y Singh to S Samson, SIX! Classy shot! Tossed up on off, Samson comes down the track and hammers it over wide long off. de Villiers fielding there tries to jump and collect but the ball sails over the rope for a biggie. 74/3

9.6 Y Chahal to K Nair, Nair drives this through the covers. They manage to come back for the second. 68/3

9.5 Y Chahal to S Samson, On middle, Samson drives through mid off for a single. 66/3

9.4 Y Chahal to S Samson, Samson has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 65/3

9.3 Y Chahal to K Nair, On middle, Nair clips it through mid-wicket for a single. 65/3

9.2 Y Chahal to S Samson, On off, Samson drives it through mid off for a single. 64/3

9.1 Y Chahal to S Samson, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 63/3

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