Yuvraj blitz helps India level Twenty20 series

December 29, 2012 - 4:56:23 am

Ahmedabad: India squared the two-match Twenty20 International series 1-1, beating Pakistan by 11 runs in the second encounter at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday.

A career-best 72 by Yuvraj Singh, who was also adjudged the Man-of-the-Match, helped India post a formidable 192 for five in 20 overs. 

Pakistan managed 181 for seven in 20 overs after skipper Mohammed Hafeez top-scored with 55, his second consecutive half-century. Hafeez was declared Man-of the-Series. 

Put in, the Indian middle-order put on a sterling show and atoned for their dismal performance in the first Twenty20 in Bangalore.

Yuvraj smashed seven sixes and four fours during his 36-ball innings. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33), Ajinkya Rahane (28) and Virat Kohli (27) also came up with valuable knocks. Pakistan pacer Umar Gul picked up four for 37.

India pacer Ashok Dinda (3/36) bowled an excellent spell in the death overs to restrict Pakistan. Dinda picked up two wickets in the penultimate over giving away just eight runs when Pakistan needed 20 to win. 

Pakistan got off to a good start with Nasir Jamshed (41) and Ahmed Shehzad (31) adding 74 runs for the first wicket. 

The Pakistani top-order got good starts but none of the batsmen could go on to score a big innings. IANS