Cricket

Yuvraj blasts Oz in comeback

2013-10-10 21:03
Yuvraj Singh (Gallo Images)
New Delhi -  Yuvraj Singh has blasted an unbeaten 77 as India secured a six-wicket victory over Australia in the one-off Twenty20 international at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, on Thursday.

According to the supersport.com website, India, chasing 202 to win, made a good start and overcame the early loss of Rohit Sharma to bring up the team's 50 in the fifth over.

The departure of Suresh Raina for 19 and Shikhar Dhawan (32) did not temper their intent and, on his return to international cricket after 11 months, Yuvraj Singh combined with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (24 not out) for 102 for the fifth wicket off only 51 deliveries to achieve the win with two deliveries to spare.

Man-of-the-Match Yuvraj faced only 35 balls and hit eight fours and five maximums.

Earlier, Aaron Finch smashed 89 off 52 to help Australia post 201 for seven after being inserted by India.

Australia hit the ground running, as debutant Nic Maddinson and Finch put on 56 inside five overs before Maddinson retraced his steps, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a 16-ball 34.

Vinay Kumar sent both Shane Watson and George Bailey packing in the same over, but Finch stepped up and punished Ravichandran Ashwin for 24 runs in the 10th - including three sixes - to bring up Australia's ton.

The explosive Victorian also passed his second half-century (in only his ninth match), in the same over and continued blasting 14 fours and one six, before hitting a knee-high full toss straight back to Vinay who held on to the catch with two fingers, before hurling the ball on the ground, in some pain. The result of his effort was a taped ring-finger on his left hand.

Bhuvneshwar finished with 3-35 off his four overs, and Vinay bagged 3-26.

The first of seven one-day internationals will be this Sunday in Pune.

Teams:

India:
S Dhawan, RG Sharma, SK Raina, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, I Sharma

Australia: NJ Maddinson, AJ Finch, SR Watson, GJ Bailey (captain), GJ Maxwell, BJ Haddin (wicketkeeper), MC Henriques, NM Coulter-Nile, JP Faulkner, CJ McKay, XJ Doherty

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