Smith roars but De Villiers spoils his day


However, just when he put the race, a clever delivery from leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal in the next over stopped his march.

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Fast bowler Deepak Chahar had grabbed two early wickets to finish with 2-18 and Shardul Thakur removed dangerman Marcus Stoinis (24) in the 16th over to give Chennai a glimmer of hope. But within minutes Kartik Tyagi picked up Kohli's wicket and all the pressure was then on de Villiers' shoulders.

Earlier, a solid comeback by Robin Uthappa (41), who was given the opener's role along with talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes, and a half-century by Smith helped Rajasthan Royals post a challenging 177/6 in 20 overs.

"We needed to get the team off to a good start", said Uthappa at the end of the Royals' innings. Stokes looked out of place in his short stint at the crease.

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Explaining why he chose to go with Jaydev Unadkat for the 19th over, the Australian said, "We wanted to use Jaydev to the bigger boundary, he bowls a lot of slower stuff into the wicket". Padikkal departed after playing a knock of 35 runs off Rahul Tewatia. He then hit India pacer Navdeep Saini for successive fours in the seventh over to reach his eventual score.

Yuzvendra Chahal brought RCB right back into the game by removing the risky Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson off consecutive balls. Chahal invited the 34-year-old Uthappa to sweep a tossed up delivery only to miscue his shot and send it into the strong grasp of Aaron Finch. "After sitting out for so long, I have to bat the last ball". Samson returned to the pavilion with just nine runs in his bag as the scoreboard read 69 for three.

Smith struck six fours and one maximum before Chris Morris bowled a brilliant final over, conceding only four runs while taking two wickets to check RR from going past 180. They have 12 points in eight games and are followed by Mumbai Indians who have 10 points in seven matches. He finished the game in style, hitting Jofra Archer for a maximum with two balls still to go.

Smith and Buttler built a stand of 58 and although Buttler sliced Morris to mid-off in the 16th over, Rajasthan plundered 65 runs between overs 15 and 19, with Smith completing a 30-ball fifty and the hard-hitting Tewatia (19no off 11) once again adding impetus.