James Faulkner (right) scored 41 in 17 balls while Steven Smith scored 48 in 21 © IANS
James Faulkner (right) scored 41 in 17 balls while Steven Smith scored 48 in 21 © IANS

 

May 12, 2014

 

James Faulkner and Steven Smith pulled off a sensational chase against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 on Sunday night. The duo scored 65 in 17 legitimate deliveries as Rajasthan Royals chased down RCB’s 190 with ease. After the match, Faulkner said that they had nothing to lose when the required rate had soared to 14.

 

“When you are in a position we were in, you have nothing to lose. It’s all or nothing. Chasing a total down is always a nice feeling, but chasing 190 from that position is a very special feeling for the team. They were holding us up with spin, so personally I thought I’ll just play myself in; maybe get a single or play out a dot or if it’s a bad one, put it away.

 

“I started a bit slowly and then thought I’ll take on the medium pacers. It worked for me, but I thought the 18th over where Steven took on Ashok Dinda (for 22 runs) was when the game swung back in our favour. The rest is history,” Faulkner was quoted as saying by the official website of IPL.

 

Asked whether they had set any targets according to each over, Faulkner said, “Yes, we knew it was all about scraping off whatever we could in every over and maybe get the target down to 10 runs in the last over. That’s what is going to win you T20 games when you’re chasing 190. In the middle overs, Yuvraj bowled really well and they restricted us as well as took wickets. That made it very hard for us. So, it was extremely special to win from there.”

 

Faulkner though had a tough time earlier in the innings when he was carted all around for 42 in his quota of four overs. The all-rounder doesn’t have great memories of bowling at this venue. “I must admit that this is not one of my favourite grounds in the world to bowl at, especially when you are bowling to some of the world’s best T20 cricketers. We might have to come back here for the final, but there is a lot of cricket to be played before that,” he added.

 

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