T20: India beat Pakistan

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 01, 2013 18:00 hrs

India on Friday drew the two-match Twenty20 international series 1-1 beating Pakistan by 11 runs at the Sardar Patel Stadium here.

Yuvraj Singh top scored smashing 72 off 36 balls as India posted a formidable 192 for five in 20 overs.

Pakistan managed 181 for seven in 20 overs after skipper Mohammed Hafeez top scored with 55.

Asked to bat first, India was on the attacking mode right from the start.

Yuvraj smashed seven sixes and four fours during his 36-ball innings while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33), Ajinkya Rahane (28) and Virat Kohli (27) made valuable contributions. Pakistan pacer Umar Gul picked up four for 37.

While chasing, Pakistan got off to a good start with Nasir Jamshed (41) and Ahmed Shehzad (31) adding 74 runs for the first wicket.

The Pakistani top-order got good starts but they failed to go on to score big.

India pacer Ashok Dinda (3/36) was superb in the death overs. He picked up two crucial wickets in the penultimate over -- skipper Mohammed Hafeez (55) and Kamran Akmal (5) -- giving away just six runs.

Dhoni was all praise for his young bowlers.

"A lot depends on the youngsters bowling the last overs, I think they held their nerve nicely. They were feeling the pressure but they responded really well and executed the Yorkers. When they wanted to bowl slower ones they did that," said Dhoni.

The India captain also lauded his batsmen.

"We got off to a very good start from Gautam (Gambhir) and Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) ... Yuvi was at his best, those big sixes and fours. We got ten runs more than what we would have been happy with. Overall it was good competition between the sides," he said.

Yuvraj said he wanted to spend some time in the middle.

"Thursday I was batting in the nets and I couldn´t middle a single ball, so I was trying to spend time in the middle. That Yorker (which hit him on the boot) reminded me of Wasim Akram but that´s cricket, you got to take a few blows ... We thought 160-170 was a good total but if Dhoni and I stay till the end we knew we could score more," he said.

Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez, who was adjudged man of the series, said his batsmen erred in their length.

"When we were bowling, we didn´t follow the basics, we bowled short of a length. The partnership between Dhoni and Yuvraj was the difference. In the first six overs we played very well but in the seventh-tenth over we didn´t score as much as we should have ... We wanted Umar Akmal to have more time in the middle," he said.

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