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IPL 7: Smith, Faulkner overshadow Yuvraj as RR beat RCB by 5 wickets


Cricketnext Staff
May 12, 2014 at 12:24am IST

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday saw one of the most incredible run-chases in T20 history when Steven Smith and James Faulkner snatched a win from Royal Challengers Bangalore's as Rajasthan Royals overshadowed Yuvraj Singh's heroics to chase down 190 and win by 5 wickets.

Chasing a stiff target, Rajasthan didn't wake up to the challenge until Steven Smith (48* off 21) and James Faulkner (41 off 17) came together in the 14th over with their team looking wobbly at 106 for 5, thanks to Yuvraj Singh's spell of 4 for 35.

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The RR duo then launched a severe attack on RCB bowlers to score 85 runs in 33 balls and finish the match with 7 balls to spare. The last 65 runs of the partnership came off just 17 balls to leave the hosts stunned.

IPL 7: Smith, Faulkner overshadow Yuvraj as RR beat RCB by 5 wickets

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.

It all started in the 17th over as Faulkner creamed two fours and a six off fellow Australian Mitchel Starc. Smith began the next over, bowled by Ashoke Dinda, with a six and two shots to the fence. Faulkner then finished it off quickly in the 19th over, punishing Varun Aaron with two sixes and a four.

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With this win, Rajasthan strengthened their position in top-four, although they remained in third position with 10 points. RCB are still at sixth place with six points.

Earlier, Yuvraj played a brilliant knock of 83 off 38 balls and added 132 runs with AB de Villiers (58 off 32 balls) to take RCB out of the woods at 40 for 3 and end up with their best total of the season.

Yuvraj, who was dropped on 47 by Sanju Samson, and De Villiers put up a gallant fight as RCB scored 84 runs in the last five overs to snatch the momentum from their rivals, who were well in command until the 12th over. Sending the Rajasthan bowlers on a leather-hunt, the hosts belted 120 runs in the last eight overs.

Rajasthan too had to endure a bad start as Yuvraj rocked the visitors' middle-order with his spin, starting the rot with the important wicket of skipper Shane Watson (1).

The left-armer also scalped Rajasthan's top scorer Karun Nair (56), Stuart Binny (1) and the talented Sanju Samson (13) to end with figures of 4-0-35-4.

Rajasthan were reeling at 106 for 5 in the 14th over but what followed was complete mayhem. From nowhere, Smith and Faulkner changed the game with their amazing ability to bat under pressure.

(With PTI inputs)

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