India beats Australia in a T20
11 October, 2013
RAJKOT: India defeated Australia by six wickets with two balls remaining in the Twenty20 on Thursday at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, Our Sources reported.
India winning the toss chose to field. Australian openers were off to the flying start with their openers dominated the bowling attack of India.
Nic Maddinson took only 16 balls to score 34 runs while his partner Aaron finch played an excellent knock of 89 runs with the strike rate of 171.15 and took the score to 174 before getting dismissed by Vinay Kumar.
Glen Macwell also played a handy knock helping Aussies to set he target of 202 runs.
Indian pace attackers remained effective as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Vinay Kumar dismissed 3 batsmen each.
In reply India's start was bit shaky but Yuvraj Singh single handedly made the India home.
In his second comeback after recovering from cancer, a leaner and fitter Yuvraj Singh was called upon to do a job he has done numerous times for India in ODIs - revive a floundering chase, with MS Dhoni for company, and only the lower order to follow.
India were facing an asking-rate of nearly 12 at 100 for 4 in the 12th over, but Yuvraj's response was so forceful, that all Dhoni needed to do was give him the strike.
By the end, the partnership was 102 at exactly two runs a ball, Yuvraj's 77 off 35 showing his dominance.
India's innings was in danger of going Australia's way, who had lost too many wickets in maintaining a frenetic pace of scoring, and had run out of steam at the death.
Aaron Finch seemed set to carry Australia way over 200 but his exit in the 17th over for 89 off 52 helped India keep the visitors to 201, as only 29 came off the final four. India themselves needed 49 off the final four, but Yuvraj was in such flow that the big shot was always at hand.
Yuvraj first took 18 off Clint McKay in the 14th over, and then, when the pressure escalated again, carted James Faulkner for successive sixes in the 17th. The timing on the boundaries was vintage Yuvraj, as was the effortlessness and grace.
Dhoni did his bit, constantly scampering twos and ones as he does in ODI chases, and coming up out with the crucial boundary, a typical stretch-and-club to cover, when it came down to six needed off four.