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Aussies fire Royals to victory

Steve Smith and James Faulkner powered Rajasthan Royals to a five-wicket win over Bangalore Royal Challengers with a stand of 85 off 32 balls.

The Australians came together in the 14th over with Rajasthan on 106-5 chasing a target of 191 and finished the game with seven deliveries to spare amid a flurry of big shots.Smith hit 48 not out off 21 balls, including four fours and four sixes, while Faulkner dispatched three fours and three sixes in his 41 not out from 17 deliveries.Yuvraj Singh ended up on the losing side at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium despite hitting seven sixes in his 83 off 38 balls to lead Bangalore to a total of 190-5 and then claiming 4-35 with his left-arm spin.The Royals move up to third in the IPL table with their sixth win in nine games, while Bangalore are in sixth place in the eight-team league after suffering a third defeat in a row.