All Rounder Yuvraj Singh's brilliancy with the bat and Ashok Dinda's late wickets guide India to a series level victory in the 2nd T20 against Pakistan on Friday at Motera, where the India levelled the two-match series at 1-1 by stopping Pakistan 11 runs short of the target in a close up match.
Yuvraj Singh cracked a 36 ball 72 runs with seven sixes and four boundaries to take India to 192 for 5 in 20 overs and later rolled his arm over claimed 1 for 23 to lead India's win. But Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez's 26-ball 55 almost took the match away from India until Dinda's 3 for 36 bring them back in the disappearing stages.
Pakistan's chase was spurred on by a 74-run 1st wicket stand between Nasir Jamshed (41) and Ahmed Shehzad (31), which was broken down by R Ashwin in the 10th over when he dismissed Jamshed. Yuvraj then removed Shehzad back with the score at 84 to pull things further back.
Skipper Hafeez came in at the fall of the second wicket and took the Indian bowlers on from the word go. Hafeez innings included five fours and three sixes. By that time Umar Akmal (24) was removed by Dinda, the pair had added 62 runs in just 5.3 overs. Ashok Dinda then went on to remove dangerman Hafeez and Kamran Akmal for 5 that put the match in India's way.
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Earlier, After being put in to bat by Pakistan, Gautam Gambhir (21) and Ajinkya Rahane (28) got off to fire start, adding 44 in just 4.5 overs. But the two openers departed in very quick succession. Yuvraj and Virat Kohli added 35 runs for the 3rd wicket, with the partnership ending with Kohli's (27) run-out on a misjudged single.
Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni batted with enormous courage to make better India. Both of them added 97 runs off 44 balls with Yuvraj tearing into the pakistan’s bowling. The left-hander unleashed his fury especially on Saeed Ajmal and Sohail Tanvir. He smashed Ajmal for three consecutive sixes.
Yuvraj and Dhoni (33) departed in quick succession with Umar Gul accounting for both. Gul finished with 4 for 37 runs, while Ajmal had figures of with 0 for 42. Yuvraj got Man of the Match award. And Hafeez honured for Man of the Series for his two consecutive half centuries.