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James Faulkner, Steven Smith hold key for Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2014

Steve Smith © PTI (File Photo)
Steven Smith © PTI (File Photo)

May 11, 2014

In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 played between Royals Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals, Rajasthan the form team lost the plot during the middle overs of the game by losing a slew of important wickets including that of Shane Watson the skipper and the big hitter Stuart Binny. Even Sanju Samson got out at the wrong time and that too when he was just getting settled at the crease.

Steven Smith played a few fine shots off the bowling of Varun  Aaron but the target of 191 looks like a monstrous one now for RR. Ffaulkner too got into his act by thumping Mitchell Sstarc for a six over mid-wicket. However, they need some towering shots from both Faulkner and Smith to have any chance of even coming close to chasing down the target. Earlier, hane Watson, the skipper tried to cut Yuvraj Singh the man of the moment but got cleaned up to the one that went on with the arm. He was followed by Stuart Binny getting out to Yuzvendta Chahal, the leg-spinner to the one that skidded off the surface.

Actually, Rajasthan made a steady start while chasing a monstrous target of 191 runs.  Both Ajinkya Rahane and his partner, Karun Nair played some fine shots.  For Bangalore,  Albie Morkel and Mitchell Starc bowled decent lines and lengths. Starc used the left-armer’s angle well. Ashok Dinda came in as the first change bowler.

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