Yuvraj Singh blitz fires India to 192 against Pakistan in 2nd T20 at Ahmedabad

Yuvraj Singh starred with the bat again for India scoring a quick 72 © Getty Images

Ahmedabad: Dec 28, 2012

Flamboyant Yuvraj Singh muscled his way to a scintillating 72 as India scored a massive 192 for five against Pakistan in their must-win second Twenty20 cricket international.

Yuvraj’s career-best T20 knock could not have come at a more opportune time as it lifted India to a defendable total after being pegged back by three quick strikes.

Ever since Yuvraj arrived on the wicket, Pakistani bowlers bled runs as the left-hander plundered seven huge sixes and four boundaries in his 36-ball blitzkrieg to entertain a jam-packed house.

With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33) he added 97-runs for the fourth wicket as India put on board its highest total against Pakistan in T20s.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal bore the brunt of Yuvraj’s fury as the Indian creamed four sixes off him with three coming in a row in the 19th over, which yielded India 22 runs.

Yuvraj was out in the last over off paceman Umar Gul, who was the most succesful bowler for Pakistan with four wickets at the expense of just 37 runs.

Earlier, India openers provided a fiery start, adding 44 runs inside five overs, but neither Gautam Gambhir (21) nor Ajinkya Rahane (28) could build on that.

The two openers were in good touch, driving and cutting elegantly. Rahane found boundries on the off-side despite facing a packed off-side field and also flicked confidently.

Gambhir was in much better form than Bangalore and his drives off Sohail Tanvir was a treat to watch but Gul removed both of them in space of two overs.

Brief Scores: India 192 for 5 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 72, MS Dhoni 32; Umar Gul 4 for 37) vs Pakistan

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