Only T20I (N), Rajkot, Oct 10 2013, Australia tour of India
(19.4/20 ov)202/4
India won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Yuvraj blinder overcomes chase of 202

Yuvraj Singh unleashed trademark pick-up sixes and lofted drives to hit an unbeaten 77 off 35 and haul in the target of 202 with two deliveries to spare

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Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Andrew Fidel Fernando
Scorecard summary
Australia201/7(20 overs)
India202/4(19.4 overs)

Dhoni put the finishing touches in the last over, but this was all about Yuvraj Singh. Comeback game, and he has shown what he's capable off, lifting the spirits of Indian fans (at least a bit) after this afternoon's big announcement.

Sriman: "I feel what happened today is a hint to the Aussies as to what they are up against !!"

PK: "And again, Dhoni happens to be the one hitting the winning runs!"

Rohit Raj: "Sachin announced his retirement & Yuvraj announced his comeback.. SHOW MUST GO ON, THATs CRICKET."

vijay: "Im sure Yuvi will dedicate this to the 'Master Blaster'"

Shikhar Dhawan: "We have a very strong batting line-up, we got a good start. We lost one or two wickets in between but Yuvraj and Dhoni brought it back. The ball come on nicely to the bat, and the dew made it come on even better. "

Jose: "Ashwin owes Yuvi a dinner. Yuvi had to do some extra work to offset the 41 run gift Ashwin gave the Oz batsmen!"

Sekar Rangasamy: "100/4 and 202/4 :) 102 partnership between these 2.well done MSD, he knew his game very well than anyone else in Aus's team :-)"

Anshul isn't worried with the big things: "Just noticed, 7 out of 11 Australian players have middle names starting with J.. Moreover, most of them have James as their middle-name.. Wow! Is this good enough for record-books?"

Karl Correa: "Wine day at work today. A very emotional day. Toasting to the finest player I have known during my time and celebrating Yuvraj's comeback. It's sad none of my American colleagues don't know about Sachin. Well their loss. It was hard to put into words who he was but somehow managed to get in some analogies that made sense to them."

Anand: "Has anybody seen anyone else except Dhoni get the winning runs for India in recent times?"

Prabhu: "@Jose: Actually, its Yuvi who owes Ashwin a dinner... If he had not given that many, we may not have seen the Yuvi Show."

Presentation ceremony coming up.

George Bailey: "You probably would take that (total), we were one wicket further down than we wanted. You score 200, if you are going to chase it down, today is the day. Yuvraj batted superbly. I was really happy with the start, leaving Xavier a bit late, he only bowled three overs."

Man of the Match is Yuvraj Singh: "Shed a few kilos, worked really hard in the off season, came with a fresher mind, batted in the A games. I need some really good games to come back to action, pretty good platform (talking about the A games). I'm very confident when Mahi is around, he is one guy who goes after the bowling. I just thought I would try and take the game to the end. always a pleasure and honour to be playing tin the Indian jersey."

MS Dhoni: "Yuvi batted really well, really good start which was important. We all knew australia would bowl well with the new ball, but once the ball got wet and the seam got well.. one of the best batting you can see in the shorter format. I think we've got quite a few big partnerships, I didn't get too many opportunities to bat with him over the past year. Thanks to Yuvi, who accepted the challenge of batting at No. 5, he completed his goal in the best possible manner. I think batsmen proved the point."

Thanks everyone for tuning in on what has been an emotional day for Indian cricket, with its biggest name announcing his retirement and one of its biggest limited-overs stars returning with a terrific innings. See you all in the first ODI, ta ta.

Watson to Dhoni, 2 runs

full toss well outside off, through to sweeper cover, that will do, fireworks in Rajkot (literally) as India win with two balls to spare

Watson to Dhoni, FOUR runs

all those field changes doesn't matter, not to Dhoni in the final over, this man has tremendous power, it was a terrific delivery, nearly yorker length, outside off, Dhoni just powers that to the cover boundary for four

Watson to Dhoni, no run

Dhoni looks to finish the game with a big six over long-off, it was in the slot outside off, Dhoni doesn't connect though

A flurry of changes to the field.

Prakash Viswanthan: "And this is Yuvi's highest score in T20I.. in a comeback game #whatalegend"

Watson to Yuvraj, 1 run

starts with a short ball that is pulled away towards deep square leg for a single

Seven needed in the final over

end of over 198 runs
INDIA: 195/4CRR: 10.26 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 from 6b
MS Dhoni18 (18)
Yuvraj Singh76 (34)
James Faulkner4-0-36-0
Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-44-1
Faulkner to Dhoni, no run

low full toss on off stump, worked towards point by Dhoni

Faulkner to Yuvraj, 1 run

full toss well outside off, Yuvraj leans across and jabs the ball behind point

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run

good delivery from Faulkner, full ball on middle, worked towards midwicket for a single

Faulkner to Yuvraj, 1 run

full and on the pads, clipped towards deep midwicket for one more

Faulkner to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

it's only boundaries from Yuvraj, this was a low full toss outside off, calmly steers it behind backward point for four more

Faulkner to Dhoni, 1 run

length ball on middle, Dhoni clips this towards square leg for one more, Dhoni happy to let yuvraj go slam-bang

end of over 1814 runs
INDIA: 187/4CRR: 10.38 RRR: 7.50 • Need 15 from 12b
Yuvraj Singh70 (31)
MS Dhoni16 (15)
Nathan Coulter-Nile4-0-44-1
James Faulkner3-0-28-0
Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj, SIX runs

six more, Yuvraj is walking this, this game is dead and buried, a full toss on the pads, nonchalantly put away over midwicket for another six

Coulter-Nile to Dhoni, 1 run

full toss, low and on middle stump, another single for Dhoni, who taps the ball towards long-off

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj, 1 run

full ball just outside off, eased towards long-off for a single

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj, FOUR runs

four more, a length ball well outside off, Yuvraj reaches out for that one and lofts it over cover, places it wide of sweeper cover as well, no stopping Yuvi

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj, 1 wide

full and wide, too wide according to the umpire, right call from the ump too

Coulter-Nile to Yuvraj, no run

length ball outside off, steered towards backward point, Dhoni screams 'No, no, no' as the batsmen think of a single

Coulter-Nile to Dhoni, 1 run

Dhoni's been mainly getting singles and twos but India still keeping up with the asking rate, showing up how well Yuvraj has done, this time Dhoni pushes a full ball outside off towards point for a single

end of over 1720 runs
INDIA: 173/4CRR: 10.17 RRR: 9.67 • Need 29 from 18b
Yuvraj Singh59 (27)
MS Dhoni14 (13)
James Faulkner3-0-28-0
Xavier Doherty3-0-24-1
Faulkner to Yuvraj, no run

much better this time from Faulkner, keeps it full and just outside off, squeezed to the off side by Yuvraj, dot ball

Faulkner to Yuvraj, 5 wide

oh dear, in three balls this game might have got out of Australia's hands, this was a wild wide down the leg side, five free runs, Faulkner can't believe it

Faulkner to Yuvraj, SIX runs

six more, length ball angling in towards the pads, Yuvraj can't quite free his arms but still manages to get enough power as he swipes that over deep square leg for six more, 59 off 26 now, what a comeback this is from Yuvraj

Best performances - batters
Aaron Finch portrait
AJ Finch
89 runs (52)
14 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
26 runs
4 fours
1 six
Yuvraj Singh portrait
Yuvraj Singh
77 runs (35)
8 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
29 runs
2 fours
3 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Vinay Kumar portrait
R Vinay Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar portrait
B Kumar
Match details
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
TossIndia, elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Player Of The Match
Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
Match numberT20I no. 331
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.50, Interval 20.50-21.10, Second Session 21.20-22.30
Match days10 October 2013 - night(20-over match)
T20I debut
Nic Maddinson
Nic Maddinson
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Anil Chaudhary
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
TV Umpire
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Vineet Kulkarni
Reserve Umpire
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Piyush Khakhar
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama