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India beat Pakistan, draw T20 series

 

AGENCIES | Issue Dated: January 1, 1970, Ahmedabad
Tags : India vs Pakistan | T20 series | Ahmedabad T20 | Yuvraj Singh |
 

India defeated Pakistan by 11 runs in the second Twenty20 International to level the two-match series 1-1 Ahmedabad on Friday.

Earlier, flamboyant Yuvraj Singh muscled his way to a scintillating 72 as India scored a massive 192 for five against Pakistan in their must-win second Twenty20 cricket international, in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Yuvraj’s career-best T20 knock could not have come at a more opportune time as it lifted India to a defendable total after being pegged back by three quick strikes.

Ever since Yuvraj arrived on the wicket, Pakistani bowlers bled runs as the left-hander plundered seven huge sixes and four boundaries in his 36-ball blitzkrieg to entertain a jam-packed house.

With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33) he added 97-runs for the fourth wicket as India put on board its highest total against Pakistan in T20s.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal bore the brunt of Yuvraj’s fury as the Indian creamed four sixes off him with three coming in a row in the 19th over, which yielded India 22 runs.

Yuvraj was out in the last over off paceman Umar Gul, who was the most successful bowler for Pakistan with four wickets at the expense of just 37 runs.

Earlier, India openers provided a fiery start, adding 44 runs inside five overs, but neither Gautam Gambhir (21) nor Ajinkya Rahane (28) could build on that.

The two openers were in good touch, driving and cutting elegantly. Rahane found boundaries on the off-side despite facing a packed off-side field and also flicked confidently.

Gambhir was in much better form than Bangalore and his drives off Sohail Tanvir was a treat to watch but Gul removed both of them in space of two overs.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017