May 11, 2014


Rajasthan Royals (RR) are at 122 for five after 15 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Karun Nair was bowled by Yuvraj Singh for 56 runs. Steven Smith is batting on 24 and James Faulkner is on one. Ajinkya Rahane was the first wicket to fall for 24 off 22 deliveries to Yuzvendra Chahal. Yuvra then took the wickets of Shane Watson (1), Stuart Binny (1) and Sanju Samson (13). Rajasthan are chasing a massive 191-run target. This is Match 35 of IPL 7. Bangalore captain Kohli won the toss and elected to bat.


Local boy Stuart Binny soon followed as he sliced one to Rilee Rossouw at deep-cover for one run. Yuvraj got his second wicket. As the required run-rate was increasing, Sanju Samson decided to score a few boundaries. He sliced one from Yuvraj over deep extra-cover for a six in the 11th over. The next delivery was cut for a four in front of point. But Samson played a half-hearted shot back to Yuvraj on the last ball of the 11th over. He was out for 13 runs off eight deliveries.


Nair then came down the track and lofted one from Chahal down the ground for a four. He then reached his half-century in the 13th over. Nair then flayed one from Starc towards extra-cover, but Yuvraj, after the match he was having, dropped a difficult chance. Nair then top-edged a good length delivery from Starc over Parthiv for a four. Steven Smith then came down the track and drove one from Yuvraj over deep extra-cover for a six.


Then Nair came down the track, but missed a straighter delivery and was bowled for 56 runs. That was Yuvraj’s fourth wicket.


Earlier, Bangalore posted a massive total of 190 for five in their 20 overs. Yuvraj Singh scored a magnificent innings of 83 from only 38 deliveries with seven fours and seven sixes. AB de Villiers struck a 32-ball 58 with one four and five sixes. The duo shared a 132-run stand for the fourth wicket at a run-rate of 12.18. Almost all of Rajasthan’s bowlers took a pounding. Kane Richardson did manage to take two wickets.


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