India beat Australia by 6 wickets in the lone T20I at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Khandheri in Rajkot. Catch all the highlights, as they happened: (Match Scorecard | Text Commentary | Match pics)
Quotes from the presentation:
MS Dhoni: "Yuvraj batted really well. We did not get off to a good start. We expected that by their bowlers to do well with the new ball. Yuvraj paced the innings well. We have not batted together off late and it was good to be batting with him again. When we bat together, we know what needs to be done. It was a stiff target. One or two good overs in the end is enough to restrict them and the batsmen did well by chasing it down."
Man-of-the-Match Yuvraj Singh: "I have lost a few kilos. Have worked really hard in the off season. Playing for India A helped me a lot. I am really confident and spoke to MS about how to go about in the end. There was no particular bowlers I targetted but I knew that Jadeja was still there so I took my chances. Good to start off with a win."
George Bailey: "You probably win when you score 200 on any other day in T20. We lost too many wickets at the end and there was no support for Finchy. We would have taken 200 at the start but Yuvraj batted brilliantly for India. Full credit to them, they played some good cricket. I did make some tactical errors on the field. It is the start off a good series, so looking forward to the ODIs."
22:50 (IST) That's it, India seal a 6-wicket win as Yuvraj, Dhoni complete a 100-run stand. Yuvraj (77* off 35) and Dhoni (24* off 21) take India to a win with two balls to spare. Clint McKay took 2 wickets for 50 runs, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Xavier Doherty took a wicket each.
22:40 (IST)SIX! Yuvraj hits another one, this time off Nathan Coulter-Nile, over deep mid-wicket. Dhoni sensibly playing second fiddle to Yuvraj and letting him doing the big hitting. Indi a195.4 after 18.5, 7 needed from 7 balls.
22:36 (IST) As Yuvraj plans to announce his comeback to international in some style, here is iconic Sachin Tendulkar announcing his retirement from all cricket after his 200th Test.
22:33 (IST)SIX! Yuvraj Singh you beauty, reaches a fifty, in his comeback game, with a six, off just 25 balls. Yuvraj 59* off 27, Dhoni 14* off 13. India 173/4, need 29 more from 18 balls.
22:25 (IST) Brilliant strokeplay by Yuvraj, who finds the gap between mid wicket and long on for a four off Doherty. India 153 after 16 overs, with 49 needed off 24 balls.
22:15 (IST)SIXs Yuvraj Singh shows his class, hammers Clint McKay for two consecutive sixes and follows them with a four past fine leg. First he pulls mckay for 6 over mid wickets, then he plays the pick up flick over deep square leg but Watson fails to keep the ball inside the ropes. India 133/4 after 14 overs, chasing 202.
22:05 (IST)WICKET! Virat Kohli is out, trying to clear the deep mid wicket fence but is caught by Faulkner in the deep off Clint McKay. Kohli made 29 off 22 balls. India 100 for 4 after 11.1 overs, chasing 202.
22:00 (IST)SIX! Kohli takes on Doherty and deposits him over long off for four. India 100 for 3, need 102 more to win from 54 balls.
21:51 (IST) WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan, well-set, is out stumped by Brad Haddin off Xavier Doherty in his first over. Dhawan came down the track a bit too early and Doherty bowled it short. India 80 for 3 after 8.3 overs. Yuvraj Singh the new man in.
21:46 (IST) New man Virat Kohli and Dhawan getting a move on here, taking on the medium pace of Moises Henriques, who goes for 15 runs in his 1st over. India 74/2 after 8 overs, chasing 202.
21:35 (IST)WICKET! Suresh Raina is caught trying to pull Nathan Coulter-Nile in front of square. Raina gets a thickish edge on that and it lobs up to Watson at mid-on. India 50/2 after 5.3 overs.
21:26 (IST) Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina are away with their first fours. India 25/1 after 3 overs.
21:19 (IST)WICKET! Rohit Sharma is out, caught behind by Brad Haddin off Clint McKay. India 12/1 after 1.5 overs, chasing 202. Suresh Raina comes out to bat, ahead of Virat Kohli.
21:16 (IST)SIX! Rohit Sharma shows his supple wrists, flicks Clint McKay for 6 over long-leg.
21:09 (IST) Interesting move as Shane Watson will open the attack for Australia, ahead of Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Clint McKay. Rohit Sharma to face.
20:55 (IST) Australia end at 201 for 7 as James Faulkner hit a six on the final ball of the innings. Coulter-Nile 12*, Faulkner 10* unbeaten. Three wickets each for Rohit Sharma and R Vinay Kumar. Rest of the Indian bowlers were massively expensive.
R Ashwin's eco rate of 20.50 per over is the worst in all T20Is amongst bowlers bowling at least 2 overs #IndvsAus— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 10, 2013
20:48 (IST)WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets rid of Moises Henriques for 12. Yuvraj Singh picks up the catch at backward point. Australia 181 for 7 after 17.5 overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Faulkner at crease.
20:43 (IST)WICKET! R Vinay Kumar picks up the well-set Aaron Finch, who drills the ball straight back at him. Vinay sticks out his left hand and takes the catch. Australia 174 for 6 after 16.3 overs.
20:34 (IST) Aaron Finch turning on the heat here, thrashes Ishant Sharma for three fours. Australia 172 for 5 after 16 overs.
20:27 (IST)WICKET! Brad Haddin is out caught behind off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, tries to go for cut when the ball was close to the body. Haddin made 5. Australia 146 for 5 after 13.3 overs.
20:20 (IST)WICKET! Dangerous Glenn Maxwell falls to Ravindra Jadeja as Ishant Sharma takes a sharp catch at the long-on fence. Australia 125/4 after 11.4 overs. Brad Haddin is the next man in.
20:15 (IST)SIXs! Counter-attack by Glenn Maxwell, who hits R Ashwin for three sixes in the 10th over. Aaron Finch, on the other hand, has reached his second T20 fifty, in just 29 balls.
20:06 (IST)WICKETS! R Vinay Kumar brings India back with two wickets. First he gets Shane Watson out lbw for 6, two balls later Australia skipper George Bailey mistimes a pull and gets caught at deep square leg by Ravindra Jadeja. Australia 86 for 3 after 8 overs.
19:59 (IST)SIX! Finch drills Ravindra Jadeja over deep extra cover for the second six of the evening. Australia 82/1 after 7 overs.
19:52 (IST)WICKET! Nic Maddinson is out and Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes. Bhuvi got this one to tail in from round the wicket and Maddinson missed a short-arm pull. Australia 60/1 after 5 overs. Shane Watson is the new man in.
19:48 (IST) Fifty up for Australia, in just 25 balls. Maddinson 29* off just 13 balls, Finch 20* off 12.
19:43 (IST)FIRST SIX! Nic Maddinson pulls Ishant Sharma's first ball for a huge six over long leg, follows it up with another four, past fine-leg. Australia 46/0 after 3.2 overs.
19:35 (IST) First four for the debutant Nic Maddinson, drills Bhuvi for a four down towards long off. Australia 9/0 after 1 over.
19:34 (IST) Aaron Finch shows first signs of aggression, launches Bhuvneshwar Kumar over mid on for a one-bounce four.
19:01 (IST) India win toss and MS Dhoni elects to bowl against Australia.
18:55 (IST) Good news from Rajkot is that rain has stayed away, although it is a bit overcast. Toss in 5 minutes!
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