India bounce back to square T20 series

2012-12-29 00:00

AHMEDABAD — Yuvraj Singh hit his highest T20 score of 72, before Ashok Dinda took three wickets as India beat Pakistan by 11 runs in their second and final Twenty20 international in Ahmedabad yesterday, squaring the series.

Chasing a target of 193, Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed ­Shehzad got Pakistan off to a good start with a quick-fire 74 runs inside 10 overs.

However, they followed each other back to the pavilion in the space of 10 runs, before Umar Akmal (24) and captain Mohammad Hafeez endeavoured to put their team back on track.

Ashok Dinda — having been taken for 24 runs in his first two overs — returned with vigour and broke the partnership with 48 runs still needed.

Mohamamd Hafeez put up a spirited fight, blasting 55 off only 26 balls, but he, too, fell to Dinda. The latter then collected the wicket of Kamran Akmal four runs later and the chase was in disarray.

Needing 20 runs off the final over, the visitors could manage only eight, to the delight of a packed Sardar Patel Stadium.

Dinda finished with 3-36.

Earlier, Yuvraj propelled India to 192 for five after they were invited to bat.

India’s openers got the hosts off to a quick start, and reached 44 in only the fifth over. Gambhir was first to go, followed by Rahane just nine runs later.

Virat Kohli was joined by Yuvraj Singh, who started his innings quite cautiously.

After a disastrous run-out by Kohli (28), who was looking good at the time, Yuvraj and Mahendra Singh Dhoni came together and the pair added 97 runs in just over seven overs to turn what was looking like being a good total, into a great one.

It was India’s highest total against Pakistan in this format.

India had brought back Ravichandran Ashwin in favour of Ravindra Jadeja, playing four specialist bowlers.

Pakistan fielded an unchanged XI after their narrow win in the first match on Tuesday. — TopSport.

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