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Sidelights:

No score is safe in T20 it seems. Till the last ball is bowled no captain can feel safe and relived at all. When Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers were tonking the RR bowlers all over the Chinnaswamy Stadium, things looked grim and over for RR. Even when Yuvraj took 4 RR wickets and the last Yuzvendra Chahal over cost only 5 runs it looked that RR perhaps has shut the shop but then what happened was just incredible. Two Australians in Steven Smith and James Faulkner wrote an amazing script and chased 190 with 7 balls to spare!!

IPL 7 | Match 35 | RCB Vs RR

 

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Toss: RCB and elected to bat first

Playing XIs

RCB: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Vijay Zol, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Albie Morkel, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashoke Dinda

RR: Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, James Faulkner, Rajat Bhatia, Kane Richardson, Praveen Tambe, Rahul Tewatia

Mini Score Card

RCB 190/5 (20) Run rate: 9.50

Yuvraj Singh 83 (38) | Kane Richardson 2/43 (4)

AB de Villiers 58 (32) | Rahul Tewatia 1/17 (3)

RR 191/5 (18.5) Run rate: 10.14

Karun Nair 56 (39) | Yuvraj Singh 4/35 (4)

Steven Smith 48* (21) | Yuzvendra Chahal 1/24 (4)

James Faulkner 41* (17)

Result: RR won by 5 wickets

Points: RR 2 (Total 12) | RCB 0 (Total 6)

Man of the match: James Faulkner (RR)

Umpires: S Ravi | Rod Tucker | K Srinath (3rd) | KN Ananthapadmanabhan

Match Referee: Andy Pycroft

How they played the game

Powerplay: RCB 31 balls, 1 wicket | RR 45 runs, 0 wickets

First 50 runs: RCB 57 balls | RR 40 balls

50-100 runs: RCB 28 balls | RR 39 balls

100-150 runs: RCB 19 balls | RR 24 balls

EXTRAS: RR 7 (2 LB, 5 Wd) | RCB 7 (1 LB, 5 Wd, 1 NB)

Best Partnership

RCB: 4th wicket – 132 runs off 65 balls between Yuvraj Singh 83 (38) and de Villiers 43 (27)

RR: 6th wicket – 85 runs off 33 balls between Faulkner 41* (17) and Smith 39* (16)

Fours and SIXES

RCB 15 Fours – 7 by Yuvraj, 3 each by Gayle and Zol, 1 each by Kohli and de Villiers | 12 SIXES – 7 by Yuvraj Singh and 5 by de Villiers

RR 19 Fours – 8 by Nair, 4 by Smith, 3 each by Rahane and Faulkner, 1 by Samson | 8 SIXES – 4 by Smith, 3 by Faulkner and 1 by Samson

Important facts from this match

  • RR has won both their games against RCB this season.
  • RCB has now lost 6 of their last 7 games.

In the PIC: Smith and Faulkner celebrate their unbelievable win over RCB

Picture Courtesy: ESPN – Cricinfo 

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