Player of the Match
Player of the Match
332dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

All-round Yuvraj powers India to victory

Yuvraj Singh's spell of left-arm spin upended England's innings and then his burst of hitting smoothened India's path to a comprehensive victory

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Hales
AD Hales
56(35) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 4 9 6 15 2 12 8
Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
38(21) 2x4 - 3x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
6 4 0 2 16 9 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
O4
M0
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AB Dinda
O3
M0
R18
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00

Match days

20 December 2012 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Alan Gardner

Impressive words from Yuvraj and really good to see him playing so well for India after the year he's had. India deserved their victory today and, although England can take one or two positives from the game, they have work to do before the second T20I on Saturday. Alex and I will be back for more of the same then - you guys stay classy.

10.20pm: Here we go, then, Ravi Shastri is introducing the dignitaries...

England captain, Eoin Morgan: "We lacked some discipline with the batting, Alex Hales did well but we lacked about 15-20 runs. We never seemed to get going, we lost wickets. We didn't get the early wickets but we always though we were in the game, and it's tough defending that score. We're a young side and we've shown a lot of promise, we'll have to pick ourselves up."

India's captain, MS Dhoni: "The pressure was on the bowlers, it was important from the eighth over onwards that we kept on top of things, Yuvraj was brilliant, I thought he bowled really well at the right time. I was a bit worried because they got off to a flying start but Ashwin bowled well in the first three overs. Every bowler apart from Yuvraj bowled one bad over but overall it was a good performance. In the shorter formats we have done quite well and it builds the confidence."

No surprises, Yuvraj Singh is named Man of the Match: "When it comes to T20 I like to express myself. I try to hit everything straight and see how it goes. I tried to bowl a bit slow, I thought that might help, tried not to give any loose balls. Chasing was a good idea because of the dew and the ball comes on later in the day. I just need to keep playing, keep hitting the ball straight. I want to play as much as possible, train harder, work harder."

10.05pm: India take their first step on the road to redemption after the Test series ... Okay, I'm kidding. But Shah Rukh Khan is certainly happy. India were better in all departments, their catching was good, they ran well and put on partnerships. England conceded too many extras with the ball after failing to build on the platform provided by Alex Hales' fifty. It's a simple game, folks. Yuvraj Singh should be Man of the Match for a tight, wicket-taking spell, followed by some tap with the bat... Poor Danny Briggs. We'll find out at the presentations in a few minutes.

17.5
2
Meaker to Dhoni, 2 runs, and it only takes one, Dhoni swings wildly, skews it over the infield towards deep cover, the fielder gives chase but they jog back for two, meaning India win by five wickets with 13 balls to spare

Two required from 14 balls now...

17.4
4
Meaker to Dhoni, FOUR runs, length in the channel, Dhoni stays in the crease and drives on the up through extra-cover, that fizzes away too and India are on the brink
17.3
0
Meaker to Dhoni, no run, bounces him again, takes the pace off, Dhoni stays in the crease, tries a tennis shot towards point, bottom-edges through to the keeper
17.2
4
Meaker to Dhoni, FOUR runs, banged in, fierce bouncer, all up in Dhoni's grill, he rocks back and smashes a pull shot through square, that went right off the middle

In comes Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni still on strike

17.1
W
Meaker to Dhoni, OUT, on the stumps, Dhoni dabs it into the off side, Raina sets off but Dhoni aborts as Morgan races to his right at short cover, he's sliding as he collects and aiming at the stumps out the back of his hands but manages a direct hit! Terrific bit of fielding but England needed to do that five overs ago when Dhoni was the man struggling

SK Raina run out (Morgan) 26 (36m 19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 136.84

Meaker returns in place of Wright

END OF OVER:
17 | 11 Runs | INDIA: 148/4 (10 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.70, RRR: 3.33)

  • Suresh Raina26 (19b)
  • MS Dhoni14 (16b)
  • Tim Bresnan3-0-26-2
  • Luke Wright3-0-24-1
16.6
0
Bresnan to Raina, no run, length ball, rolls the fingers over it, tapped into the off side but to the infielder

India 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
42G GambhirAM Rahane
2V KohliAM Rahane
49Yuvraj SinghV Kohli
17SK RainaV Kohli
38MS DhoniSK Raina
10MS DhoniRA Jadeja