Royal Challengers v Royals, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 11, 2014

Smith and Faulkner stun RCB


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Rajasthan Royals 191 for 5 (Nair 56, Smith 48*, Faulkner 41*, Yuvraj 4-35) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 190 for 5 (Yuvraj 83, de Villiers 58) by five wickets
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Untill the 14th over of the Rajasthan Royals chase, it was the Yuvraj Singh show. He had shrugged off poor form with a pulverizing 83 off 38 to revive his side to 190 for 5 from 40 for 3. He had then taken four wickets to leave Rajasthan Royals reeling on 106 for 5. Royals needed 65 from the last four overs, but Steven Smith and James Faulkner catapulted them home with an over and a delivery to spare. Mitchell Starc went for 21 in the 17th over, Ashok Dinda for 23 in the 18th, and Varun Aaron for 21 in the 19th. Smith blitzed 48 off 21 deliveries, while Faulkner ended with a 17-ball 41.

Yuvraj's fourth wicket had been Karun Nair, whose 56 off 39 had given Royals a fine start, but his innings ended just as the team were beginning to lose steam. Aaron leaked 14 in the next over as Smith pulled, lofted and flicked him for boundaries. Still, Royal Challengers seemed to be ending the possibilities of any scares as legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal completed his spell by giving away only four runs in the 16th over.

What followed was so unexpected for them, Virat Kohli could only grit his teeth in helpless frustration as every bowler disappeared for plenty. Starc bowled some length balls in the 17th, and Faulkner drove and swung him for four and six before an outside-edged slog brought a third boundary in the over. Dinda began the 18th with two full deliveries that were taken for four and six. Dinda went wider now, and Smith responded by steering him to the deep-point boundary. Just as it seemed nothing could go wrong further for Royal Challengers, Dinda overstepped and bowled under the bat to be carted for a straight six. Smith could not get anything off the free-hit, but Faulkner took charge in the penultimate over with 21 needed.

Only a single came off the first ball before Aaron sent one down the leg side allowing the batsmen also to scamper for a bye. Royal Challengers continued to crack as Aaron delivered a length ball which was powered for six over long-on. A high full toss followed a wide full toss. Faulkner hit the first to the deep-cover rope and sent the second into the stunned Chinnaswamy crowd over deep square leg. He then ran towards Smith, jumped into an embrace and took his fellow Australian down on the ground.

Royal Challengers have now lost six of their previous seven games, and this one will take some time to forget. Their desperation to win was evident when they chose to bat after having bowled first six out of six times earlier this season, and when Kohli came out to open alongside Chris Gayle instead of batting at No 3. The pair were tied down, however, by some tight swing bowling from Kane Richardson and Shane Watson.

Kohli soon thick-edged a swipe to third man off Richardson while Gayle was tied down further by Rahul Tewatia's googlies and eventuelly caught behind off the other legspinner Pravin Tambe for a slow 19. India Under-19 captain Vijay Zol succumbed to Tewatia's seventh googly on the trot after hitting a few spunky fours, and Royal Challengers were going at under five an over when Yuvraj walked in.

Eleven overs later, Yuvraj walked back, having carted seven sixes and as many fours. His hitting was so severe and dominating, even AB de Villiers' 58 off 32 was overshadowed. The pair put on Royal Challengers' highest fourth-wicket partnership, scoring 132 runs in 10.5 overs.

Yuvraj got going with a series of sweeps against the legspinners. Batting with his back leg outside off stump, he found the combination of power and timing that makes him so destructive when he is in touch. Soon he was flicking the fast bowlers casually for six over the leg side. De Villiers hit five sixes and went at a strike-rate of 181.25 but it was hard even for him to take attention off Yuvraj.

Ajinkya Rahane and Nair put on 54 in seven overs for Royals but Chahal removed Rahane with his first delivery. In the next over, Yuvraj bowled Watson with an arm ball. Three balls later, Stuart Binny charged at Yuvraj and mishit to sweeper cover. Yuvraj kept striking, having Sanju Samson pop one back before taking out Nair, but his quota ran out eventually, and Smith and Faulkner brought the curtains down on his show.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Most of the persons commenting here are bashing RCB instead of praising RR. Be mature and give credit to deserved. If RCB did mistake then it was RR batsmen who ruined their plan and forced them for that. Hope RR play same way today with CSK too.

  • Shakoor on May 13, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    why don't they add a team from J & K in IPL?

  • David on May 13, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    @ Posted by Ms.Cricket commented "Cannot believe Kohli could be India's next captain. His batting and fielding may be brilliant but he is not able to control his temper and keep his head when it matters."

    He scored 4 runs and dropped a sitter. If that is brilliant batting and fielding, your criticism of his captaincy is as harsh as you can muster.

    All cricket playing countries are hoping he is India's next skipper. Virat - the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Android on May 13, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    those who are saying that bringing ravi rampaul is a solution...they are saying this bullshit bcz of last match performance....but mind that ravi was playing that match in which miller scored 100 runs in just 5 overs is nowhere to starc...

  • Jo on May 12, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Kohli need to learn a lot as Captain here. This is a small example of the best captains excell in the pressure situations... Probably he talking to Kumble and Dravid is necessary in terms of his prospects to Captain the national team(s). It is good that IPL serve as a real-time simulation platform for both players and captains and their ability materials.... I would love to see Kohli being a strategic brain without preconceived notions... which is his setback at this time.... he has to shrugg that aside... I would say... for now other than Dhoni, if anybody can take the skipper role for India and win matches and critical moments is either Raina or Jadeja ( may not be exciting as Dhoni but very critical thinkers of the game for the team)

  • Cricket on May 12, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @Facebook User Yeah, Dhoni had to chase 231, not 190...

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    dhoni should take a leaf out of royals book..had they also not given them chance after watson or karun's dismissal then the result would have been completely diffrent.royals always back themselves in these situations and thats why they win these close encounters,unlike dhoni with his weird shut the chase policy.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Eng_MDKhan your analysis is spot on but let me just point out a few things with Starc Aaron Dinda bowling with pace had that happened earlier and Kholi reserved spin for later Rahane Karun sanju would have scored more runs it was in the quest of chasing a huge target of 10 an over from start that they had to attack spinners and fell.Spinners bowled well and took wickets and stalled momentum had pace been operating early in the small ground runs would have easily flowed and spinners could just be milked and match finished earlier problem both teams faced was not bowling yorkers slow ball bouncer and a better line both are guilty of it.

  • Mohammed on May 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    @Kashi........You seem to be getting carried away a wee bit, local talent is being unearthed but specifically your point that the team should carry state players respective to their names is not mandatory. The IPL is on a national level thats why you have Uthappa playing for KKR with the same zeal as he would have had playing for your beloved Bangalore. On a larger scale the talent is being unearthed perhaps for the likes of you who take the names as a right to play for the team they should move and rename Royal Challengers to some other city and then we would not have to hear you whining and mind you they can do that so much for the name.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    RCB destroyed on home turf. Absolutely slapped. Take that Mallya. After failing to make the playoffs for 3 or 4 years in a row now, you should know that splurging money and stacking your team with t20 superstars cannot buy you wins. Wins come with tactics and spirit, of which the Rajasthan Royals have plenty. Lets go Royals - 2 more wins for our 2nd consecutive playoff spot. #againstallodds

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