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Yuvraj Singh's 29-ball 68 sets up Bangalore's win

Yuvraj Singh pulls during his 38-ball 83 BCCI

Yuvraj Singh smashed 68 runs off just 29 balls to help Bangalore beat Delhi by 16 runs in the Indian T20 league on Tuesday.

Bangalore's openers, Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel, began the innings cautiously and managed 33 runs in the first five overs.

Gayle was the first to fall in the sixth over for 22. Bangalore's captain, Virat Kohli, was then run out with the score on 45. His departure prompted AB de Villiers to cut loose. An in-form de Villiers hit four boundaries off the first three overs he faced.

Yuvraj came to the crease after Patel was dismissed, in the 13th over, and he made his intentions clear from the start, smashing the second ball he faced for four.

Three overs later, Yuvraj went into overdrive and clubbed Imran Tahir for three straight sixes in the 17th over. He then flicked Mohammad Shami for a six over fine leg in the 18th and then Siddarth Kaul for another in 19th over.

In the 20th over, Yuvraj was unstoppable and clobbered Rahul Shukla for four sixes. The first was over extra cover, the second over wide long-off, the third over midwicket and the fourth over long leg.

The onslaught helped Bangalore post 186 in their 20 overs. Despite Delhi's captain Kevin Pietersen and JP Duminy scoring briskly in their innings, Delhi managed just 170 in reply.

"It was important we finished really well. I've started really well and just kept believing in myself and the seniors believed in me," Yuvraj said after winning the Man-of-the-match award.

"I wanted to come to a place where I can be myself and play my game and thanks to Vijay Mallya for bringing me over here."

Pietersen said Yuvraj was instrumental in Bangalore's victory.

"I can tell you something for free. That man over there batted like an absolute superstar. He has proven a lot of people wrong," Pietersen said.