Rajasthan Royals pulled off a very impressive run chase to seal a stunning win over Royal Challengers in Bangalore on Sunday.
They were set a very challenging target of 191 to win and were struggling early in their innings, and it looked to be going the way of the home team.
But a stunning finishing partnership from James Faulkner and Steve Smith condemned Bangalore to their sixth defeat in seven matches.
Bangalore won the toss and decided to bat first but lost their first three batsmen fairly cheaply with captain Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Vijay Zol all going in the first nine overs, leaving Royal Challengers at 40-3.
However, they were rescued by AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh, who put on 132 runs in 10 overs together with the latter smashing a 38-ball 83, which included seven sixes and seven fours.
Yuvraj was finally sent to the pavilion when he was trapped lbw by Kane Richardson, with de Villiers falling soon after to Faulkner after a splendid 32-ball 58 that included six maximums.
Cricket writer Freddie Wilde highlights just how big an impact the pair had:
Bangalore finished on an impressive 190-5, setting Rajasthan a daunting target. That's not something they would have been expecting before Yuvraj got going.
Rahul Tewatia was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1-17 from three overs, while Richardson took two wickets but conceded 43 runs from his four overs.
|BANGALORE innings: 190-5 (20 overs)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|V Kohli||c Bhatia b Richardson||4||9||1||0||44.44|
|CH Gayle||c Samson b Tambe||19||25||3||0||76.00|
|VH Zol||c Watson b Tewatia||16||14||3||0||114.28|
|AB de Villiers||c Rahane b Faulkner||58||32||1||5||181.25|
|Yuvraj Singh||lbw b Richardson||83||38||7||7||218.42|
|JA Morkel||not out||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|PA Patel||not out||2||1||0||0||200.00|
|Extras||(lb 2, w 5)||7|
|Total||(5 wickets; 20 overs)||190||(9.50 runs per over)|
The Royals made a good start in chasing, with Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair putting on 54 in the opening eight overs for the first wicket.
However, Rahane fell for 24 and Shane Watson lasted no time at all, being bowled by Yuvraj for one after just five balls in the ninth over.
Stuart Binny also fell in the same over to reduce Rajasthan to 63-3, and their attempted chase was really stuttering.
Nair also fell to Yuvraj when he was bowled for 56 from 39 balls, leaving the pairing of Faulkner and Smith with lots of work to do to get the chase back on track at 106-5 in the 14th.
Smith took control by pulling out some incredible shots on his way to a very impressive 48 from 21 balls, with Faulkner a brilliant deputy at the other end. They somehow managed to smash their side to victory with seven balls to spare, pulling off one of the remarkable comebacks of this year's tournament.
Faulkner finished the game with a six and took himself to 41 from just 17 balls, and the pick of Bangalore's bowling was Yuvraj's 4-35, but it was all in vain for India's big-hitter.
|RAJASTHAN innings: 191-5 (18.5 overs)||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|AM Rahane||c Patel b Chahal||24||22||3||0||109.09|
|KK Nair||b Yuvraj Singh||56||39||8||0||143.58|
|SR Watson||b Yuvraj Singh||1||5||0||0||20.00|
|STR Binny||c sub (RR Rossouw) b Yuvraj Singh||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|SV Samson||c & b Yuvraj Singh||13||8||1||1||162.50|
|SPD Smith||not out||48||21||4||4||228.57|
|JP Faulkner||not out||41||17||3||3||241.17|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 5, nb 1)||7|
|Total||(5 wickets; 18.5 overs)||191||(10.14 runs per over)|
Bangalore will look to bounce back when they play Delhi Daredevils next, and Rajasthan take on Chennai Super Kings.
Royal Challengers really need to stop the rot as they currently lie sixth in the table with three wins from their nine games played.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan sit third in the table on 12 points and will be looking to draw level with Chennai in second by beating the Super Kings.
They will take huge confidence and momentum from this stunning win which should help them no end as the competition continues.
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