Bangalore, May 12: The good news is, Yuvraj Singh has returned to form. But the bad news is, Royal Challengers Bangalore still lost to Rajasthan Royals despite the left-hander's brilliance. Steve Smith and James Faulkner snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
All seemed over for RR when they required 65 runs off 24 balls. But Smith and Faulkner's big hits stunned RCB and their home fans at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday night (May 11) in a mammoth run-chase of 191. Their assault took RR home with 7 balls to spare from a hopeless situation!
Smith and Faulkner's unbroken partnership of 85 in 5.2 overs for the sixth wicket handed RCB their sixth loss in nine games.
Here are the highlights of the game
# RR scored 65 in last 17 balls of the match to win by five wickets
# Faulkner finished the game with a four and six off Varun Aaron in the 19th over
# This was RR's 6th win in 9 matches. They are in third position. RCB are at 7th with 6 points
# Fours - RCB: 15; RR: 19
# Sixes - RCB: 12; RR: 8
# Top scorers - RCB: Yuvraj Singh 83 (38 balls, 7x4, 7x6); RR: Karun Nair 56 (39 balls, 8x4)
# Highest wickets - RR: Kane Richardson 2/43 in 4 overs; RCB: Yuvraj 4/35 in 4
# Powerplay scores (1-6): RCB: 31/1; RR: 45/0
# RCB scored 84 runs in final 5 overs
# Right from the start, RR were ahead of RCB in run rate
# Best partnership of the match - Yuvraj-AB de Villiers 132 runs in 10.5 overs for 4th wicket
# RR were 106/5 in 13.3 overs but did not lose any more wickets till the end
# Faulkner was 41 not out off 17 with 3 fours and 3 sixes
# Smith was unbeaten on 48 off 21 (4x4, 4x6)
# RCB's Ashok Dinda went for 37 in 3 overs without a wicket
# Aaron too was very expensive with 0/41 in 2.5 overs