IPL 2014 Match 35: Australian duo stun Bangalore in high-scoring thriller

Faulkner and Smith celebrate after leading Rajasthan to a come-from-behind victory

Faulkner and Smith celebrate after leading Rajasthan to a come-from-behind victory

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Australia batsman Steven Smith and all-rounder James Faulkner amassed an unbeaten 85-run partnership at a trailblazing run rate of 15.93 to help the Rajasthan Royals stun the Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in Bangalore.

However, a lot of credit has to be given to Rajasthan opener Karun Nair and Bangalore’s batting duo of AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh as they all scored magnificent half-centuries.

Bangalore captain Virat Kohli would have been regretting his decision to bat first as he himself was caught by Rajat Bhatia at third man off the bowling of Kane Richardson for just four runs.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle made 19 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Pravin Tambe.

Vijay Zol only made 16 runs before he was caught by Rajasthan skipper Shane Watson at slip off the bowling of Rahul Tewatia.

Singh and de Villiers stabilised the innings with a much-needed 132-run partnership, during which Singh brought up his half-century, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Richardson.

Singh’s fantastic knock of 83 came off just 38 balls and included seven boundaries and an incredible seven sixes.

Singh walloped seven sixes during his knock of 83

Singh walloped seven sixes during his knock of 83

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De Villiers ended up scoring 58 off 32 deliveries, which included one boundary and five sixes, before he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at deep cover off the bowling of Faulkner.

Thanks to Singh and de Villiers, Bangalore finished on 190/5 off their 20 overs.

De Villiers hammered a gutsy half-century

De Villiers scored a gutsy half-century

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Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Faulkner, Tambe and Tewatia chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 191 to win, Rajasthan got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Rahane and Nair amassed a 54-run partnership before Rahane was caught behind off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal for 24.

Watson failed to help his side as he was clean bowled by Singh for one run.

Singh struck again just three balls later when Stuart Binny was caught by Rilee Rossouw, who was the substitute fielder, at deep cover for one run.

Sanju Samson only made 13 runs before he was caught and bowled by Singh.

Nair went on to score 56 off 39 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was clean bowled to become Singh’s fourth victim of the match.

However, it was from that point that Smith and Faulkner took over.

The Australian duo pulverised Bangalore’s bowling attack and put together an unbeaten 85-run partnership to lead Rajasthan to an improbable five-wicket win with seven balls to spare.

Smith finished on 48 off 21 balls, which included four boundaries and four sixes, while Faulkner remained undefeated on 41 off 17 deliveries, which included three boundaries and three sixes.

Singh was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Chahal took one.

Kohli was still in shock at what he had just witnessed, and said: “Just not able to hit the yorkers in the end. Sixty-four in four overs, you don’t get that nine times out of 10. Brilliant batting from them, but we should hit our yorkers. I told the guys to be on the button, this is a fast scoring ground and the game is far from over when you think it is over.”

Watson was ecstatic to have won the match, and said: “We have always got belief, especially with batting we have got. We always knew we were ahead of RCB’s run rate at every stage and we knew we would have to pull something like their last five overs. Steve and James were incredible in the end. Big win, especially where we were positioned in the game after the way they batted.”

Faulkner was named Man of the Match, and said: “I don’t know about bowling, the last two times I have played here I have been smacked all over the place. In all seriousness, I thought AB was going to hit me for six sixes. It was very tough. We needed a fair few runs. I thought Steven batted really well in the 18th over to give us a lot of momentum, and the rest is history.”


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