Pune: Yuvraj Singh's brilliant spell in the middle overs helped India contain a rampaging England to 157 for six in the first Twenty20 International here Thursday.
Yuvraj had brilliant figures of three for 19 from his quota of four overs as England could manage only 68 runs in the back 10 after scoring 89 from the first 10 overs.
England made a blazing start with opener Alex Hales, making a whirlwind 56 in 35 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Hales waded into the Indian new ball bowlers Ashok Dinda and Parvinder Awana with great gusto before Yuvraj applied the brakes with a haul of three wickets in a space of 10 deliveries after the visitors were put in to bat by the hosts.
Coming on to bowl when England had raced to 76 for 1 in 8 overs, Yuvraj made a big impact as he packed off one down batsman Luke Wright (34 in 21 balls with 3 fours and a six), Hales and rival captain Eoin Morgan (5) in quick succession to after Ravichandran Ashwin had captured the wicket of the other opener Michael Lumb in his second over.
Hales and Wright put on 68 runs for the second wicket before both departed and the England innings stuttered a bit before Jos Butler gave it the final impetus with a quick-fire unbeaten 33 in 21 balls with three sixes.
Bengal speedster Dinda came back for his second spell and captured two wickets in his third over which was the penultimate of the innings, by dismissing Samit Patel (24) and Tim Bresnan (0) to finish with two for 18 after Ashwin had conceded 15 runs in his last over.
Ashwin was carted for a six each by Patel and Jos Butler, who cracked 33 not out in 21 balls with 3 sixes, two of those off Awana's last over. Awana, and Chawla leaked plenty of runs.