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RR’s Faulkner and Smith outdo RCB in match 35

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...

Superb KXIP brush off RCB in match 31

KXIP added another win to their incredible streak in Pepsi IPL 2014 by defeating RCB by 32 runs in match 31. RCB had won the toss and asked KXIP to take first strike. Virender Sehwag and Mandeep Singh commenced things fluently to echo that KXIP were around. The team’s 50 came in the sixth over. Mandeep Singh on 21 was the first KXIP wicket to fall off the bowling off Harshal Patel with the KXIP score on 60. Glenn Maxwell announced his arrival with a boundary. It was the arrival of Yuzvendra Chahal of RCB that brought his team back into the game. First Yuzvendra Chahal claimed the precious wicket of Sehwag on 30 and then the prize wicket of Maxwell who could only manage 25 in 11 balls when Mitchell Starc caught him on the mid-wicket fence. KXIP skipper George Bailey walked in with the scorecard reading 93 for three in 8.5 overs. The KXIP 100 then came up in the 10th over. Bailey left on 1 soon on a beauty from Albie Morkel. Miller reminded the crowd that he was around and smashed all over the ground to get 66 in 29 balls including 8 fours and three sixes. Wriddhiman Saha scored 26 runs off a Harshal Patel over, the 16th of the innings. KXIP posted a mountainous 198 for eight. Then it was KXIP bowler Sandeep Sharma’s figures of 4-0-25-3 that defeated the solid RCB batting line-up to restrict them to 166 for nine to claim the man of the match award. The RCB innings began with Parthiv Patel and Chris Gayle. Gayle left on 4 dismissed by Sandeep Sharma in the third over. And off the very next delivery, the KXIP pacer got rid of Virat Kohli on a duck leaving RCB in tatters on eight for two in 2.2 overs. Sachin Rana and Parthiv Patel struck out in the middle. But Sandeep Sharma struck again to get rid of Patel in the sixth over. Rana was (18) bowled by Akshar Patel in the seventh over. Then the entire responsibility of ensuring a win for their team came up on Yuvraj Singh and de Villers. But the experienced duo could only add 11 runs off 16 balls, before KXIP struck again. Shivam Sharma of KXIP first had Yuvraj Singh on 3 caught in the slips and then had Morkel on 16 leaving RCB struggling at 76 for six in 11.1 overs. De Villiers had not given up as his team crumbled around him. He made...

MI’s Rohit returns to form at Wankhede to brush off RCB

In match 27 of Pepsi IPL 2014 MI beat the RCB by 19 runs in a closely contested game at the Wankhede Stadium. Rohit Sharma turned on his charm to make true the belief that home turfs do create a magic, rubbing the players the right way. MI continued their winning track by defeating RCB in a must watch encounter that was fought out in the middle providing some anxious moments holding spectators on the edge of the seat. Making a perfect target of 187 for 5 as backdrop MI began the job of slowly choking the RCB batting line up that ultimately crumbled to pressure yet again emanating from a stiff target. MI’s 187 included vital contributions from Rohit Sharma of an unbeaten 59 off 35 and Kieron Pollard with 43 off 31 balls. RCB could manage to reach only up to 168 for eight, with Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga claiming two wickets each while Suyal got one. RCB upon winning the toss asked MI to bat. MI reshuffling their top order sent CM Gautam and Ben Dunk as openers which clicked as they started off very fluently. Then Dunk got out off the bowling of Harshal Patel on 15 while Rayudu was bowled by Dinda in the eighth over. And shortly thereafter, Varun Aaron had Gautam caught behind on 30. With MI on 77 for three it was in desperate need for someone to play out a long innings. But that was not to be as the tide turned in RCB’s favor as Yuzvendra Chahal further dug deeper by removing Corey Anderson on six. At last for MI Kieron Pollard and skipper Rohit Sharma settled down, accelerating as the innings progressed taking MI to the three-figure mark in the 13th over. Though Mitchell Starc and Pollard had an ugly spat on the pitch with Pollard throwing his bat, MI cruised getting 24 runs from the penultimate over. The 20th over saw big man Pollard losing his wicket to an unfortunate run out by none other than the RCB bowler Strac who was bowling the over. Rohit Sharma, however, ended the innings with a stunning boundary as MI ended up at 187 for five. RCB were on a rampage from the word go as the diminutive Patel exhibited some spectacular shots and Gayle did what he does best, clobber the ball to every corner of the ground. The second over by Pawan Suyal yielded 28 runs for RCB. The party did not last as Harbhajan...

RCB triumphs over SRH with de Villers flourish

A capacity crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru got to watch a victory for home team RCB in match 24 of Pepsi IPL as de Villers produced a gem of a knock that powered RCB’s win over SRH who set a considerably competitive total of 155 to win for them. AB de Villiers scoring a tremendous unbeaten 89 is considered to be one of the best batsmen in T20 cricket due to his power hitting and innovative approach. The stylish South African batsman played out every regulation shot and customized shots out of a lot of other balls he faced to suit himself while helping his team RCB with 6 fours and 8 maximums during 41 ball knock to take away the man of the match award for himself and a magnificently awaited win for his team. RCB upon winnings the toss asked SRH to bat. Openers Aaron Finch and Shikhar Dhawan scored 20 for the first wicket as Mitchell Starc removed Finch batting on 13 in the third over. Lokesh Rahul, 6, David Warner, 61, Dhawan, 37, Darren Sammy, 8, Naman Ojha, 15, Irfan Pathan, 4 not out and Karn Sharma 1 not out were the contributions of the SRH batsmen in setting up a good target for RCB to chase down. SRH score reached 72 after 10 overs were bowled by the RCB bowlers. Dhawan left in the 13th over making it 91 for 3 leaving Warner to fend for the team by accelerating upon the solid base of runs. Though Warner was also scalped by Starc in the final and 20th over of the SRH innings he was around for many overs to ensure a sound total for SRH who finished on 155 for the loss of 6 wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. The RCB reply to SRH began with openers Gayle and Parthiv Patel who was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first delivery. As if it was not enough the entire home crowd was stunned into silence as their hero and RCB skipper Virat Kohli fell to Kumar without scoring just five balls later. It looked as if RCB was heading towards a possible loss as Gayle though at the crease was only half his force as he was back from an injury and could not take runs easily as running was causing him much pain. The score board exhibited the helpless situation of the home team who were struggling on 6 after the loss of two vital wickets after two overs. Amidst...

KXI P crowned unconquerable in IPL 7’s UAE leg

The KXIP have at the completion of their UAE leg been unbeaten with five consecutive wins from five matches. KXIP skipper George Bailey has only praise for his team mates both bowlers and batsmen alike saying they have become a compact winning unit. He also added that their first leg of Pepsi IPL 7 held in UAE could not have been any better. Bailey said that initially the batsmen were winning matches while the bowlers were giving away runs but in the last couple of matches the bowlers have had a nice turn around and won matches for the team. Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Sehwag, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan and Sandeep Sharma have been the key players for KXIP. KXIP beat RCB on Monday, April 28, 2014 at a jam packed Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai by chasing down the unassuming target of 124 that RCB had set for them to procure a win by five wickets and seven balls to spare in match 18 of the Pepsi IPL 7. KXIP have been anointed the new heroes of Pepsi IPL 7 as they are the first to register eight consecutive victories in the Indian Premier League, overall, including last three wins of IPL 6. The team is also placed on top of the points table having accumulated 10 from their five matches. They now have a breather before they resume playing in India. KXIP won the toss and asked RCB to bat. Chris Gayle, 20 announced his arrival from the word go by striking out taking RCB to 21 in just 1.2 overs before being bowled by a splendid Sandeep Sharma delivery. It was the last flourish for RCB as none of its batsmen anchored to play a long innings. Virat Kohli was unfortunately given out, which he was not, on 4 from another Sandeep Sharma ball. The situation worsened for RCB as Yogesh Takawale left without scoring being caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha off Mitchell Johnson in the third over of the RCB innings. Parthiv Patel on 2 became Sandeep Sharma’s third victim leaving RCB at 26 for the loss of four wickets from 3.5 overs. All hopes were then pinned on Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers who steadied the innings with great shots all over the park for a 41 run stand. Then Rishi Dhawan dismissed de Villiers on 17 at the half way stage. Albie Morkel on 15 culd also not flourish as Lakshmipathy Balaji had him bowled leaving RCB totally lost...

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