It was undoubtedly one of the best matches for Pepsi IPL 7 so far as RR’s Faulkner and Smith turned around the match against RCB with some scintillating batting to steal a win after Yuvraj’s blast from the past went in vain. James Faulkner by outdoing Yuvraj’s efforts claimed the man of the match award. In Bengaluru it was a day when Yuvi who has been scratchy in form decided to dominate the RR bowlers and played an unbelievable knock with none other than de Villers as partner. AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh came together to change the very complexion of the RCB innings. The duo reputed for their massive strikes hit a total of 12 sixes, five by de Villiers and seven by Yuvraj Singh to completely flatten the confidence of the RR bowlers. It happened in the space of only 65 balls that 132 runs flowed from their bats to boost the RCB score 191.
Yuvraj Singh made 83 before being trapped leg before wicket by Kane Richardson in the 19th over to the immense relief of RR. AB de Villiers scored 58 before being dismissed by James Faulkner in the final over of the RCB innings. Virat Kohli made 4 upon opening with Chris Gayle when RCB won the toss. Kane Richardson dismissed Kohli in the third over. While Gayle on 19 got stumped off the bowling of Pravin Tambe in the eighth over, Vijay Zol on 16 got out to a beauty of Rahul Tewatia in the ninth. Thanks to the Yuvi-AB show RCB on home turf ended up scoring a mammoth 190 for five in their quota of 20 overs.
In one of the best T20 finishes ever seen Steve Smith and James Faulkner pulled of an unbelievable win for RR that stunned the home crowd in Bengaluru. The home crowd had really lapped up the scintillating batting of Yuvi and AB. But little did they know that the RR batsmen Faulkner and Smith would prove that they can do it much better than the home team RCB at Bengaluru. The pair came together at a point when the target was still 85 runs away and they had only 39 balls to get it in. The blitz from them enabled RR to reach the 191 run target by a five-wicket margin with seven balls to spare.
Earlier Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair gave RR a good start by adding 54 runs for the first wicket. Rahane on 24 was a victim of Yuzvendra Chahal. Then came along the man of the moment Yuraj Singh whose magical arm claimed 4 wickets for him in the four overs he bowled. Yuvraj bowled Shane Watson on 1, Stuart Binny’s on 1, Sanju Samson on 13 and Nair on 56 to have RR staring at defeat for sure at 106 for 5 in 13.3 overs. But fate had other things in store for RCB as the next 5.2 overs produced a miraculous win for RR. Steve Smith with an unbeaten 48 along with James Faulkner batting on an unbeaten 41 scripted a comeback to pull RR out of the depths of defeat to claim the winner’s two points for their team. Their unbroken 85 run stand that saw their team home.