Nasir Jamshed (abocve) added 74 runs with Ahmed Shehzad for the opening wicket © Getty Images

Ahmedabad: Dec 28, 2012

Pakistan got off to a steady start as they scored 74 runs in the first 10 overs against India in the second T20 International at Ahmedabad on Friday.

Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad added 74 runs for the opening wicket in 60 balls.

They scored 48 runs off the first five overs after which the spinners came into the attack and slowed the scoring rate.

Earlier, Yuvraj Singh starred with the bat as India reached 192 for five in the allotted 20 overs. Yuvraj scored his highest Twenty20 score off 72 in just 35 balls, eclipsing his previous best of 70 against Australia in 2007.

Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir took India off to a good start managing 44 runs off the first 4.4 overs after which Gambhir was dismissed. He struck three consecutive boundaries off Umar Gul in the fifth over of the match.

Rahane scored 28 in 26 balls before he was caught and bowled by Gul.

The 7 ft 1 inch tall Mohammad Irfan bowled a tight line and troubled the batsmen with the steep bounce. His toe-crusher to Yuvraj caused some trouble to the Indian all-rounder. Irfan gave away just 20 runs in his four overs.

Yuvraj came back to strike seven massive sixes to help India pick up momentum. Along with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj added 97 runs for the fourth wicket.

Virat Kohli looked in good touch a he stroked 27 runs in 22 balls before being run-out by Ajmal.

Earlier, Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and put India into bat first. Pakistan came into the game without any changes from the side that won the first encounter between the two teams. India, after falling short of a genuine spinner in the first game replaced Ravindra Jadeja with Ravichandran Ashwin.

Brief Scores: India 192 for 5 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 72, MS Dhoni 32; Umar Gul 4 for 37) vs Pakistan 74 for 1 in 10 overs (Nasir Jamshed 41, Ahmed Shehzad 30*; Ravoichandran Ashwin 1 for 12)

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