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Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot against Australia in the ICC World T20 2014. He got a rare start for India ahead of Shikhar Dhawan © Getty Images

 

Although India’s passage through to the semi-final of the ICC World T20 2014 was sealed after their victory against Australia, they kept the momentum going with a comprehensive 73-run victory over Australia at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. After being put in to bat, India had a mini-collapse before Yuvraj Singh blazed away to 60 and helped India put up 159 for seven in their 20 overs. In reply, the Australians collapsed to an Indian bowling unit that has taken a liking to the conditions at Mirpur.

 

This match belonged to Yuvraj one would say. The result was inconsequential and this game was an ideal one for him to get back into his rhythm. Although he struggled initially, even slipping twice during some uncertain running between the wickets, he came back strong with a convincing innings. In the 12th over, India were in trouble at 66 for four, when MS Dhoni joined him in the middle. In the next seven overs, they ended up scoring 84 runs, with Dhoni contributing only 24 of those.