India vs. Australia, Only T20: Scorecard, Recap and More from Rajkot

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India vs. Australia, Only T20: Scorecard, Recap and More from Rajkot
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Australia's target of 202 was not enough, as Yuvraj Singh led India's charge to victory in the only T20 against India at Rajkot, with the hosts eventually winning by six wickets.

The Baggy Greens piled on 201 for seven from their 20 overs. India, despite their best efforts, looked set to fall short—until Yuvraj took charge.

Aaron Finch was the top batsman for Australia, his innings of 89 full of the bludgeoning shots that had been seen earlier this year when he flayed England around for 156.

Around him, there were fine cameos—debutant Nic Maddinson opened the innings with 34 from 16 balls, while Glenn Maxwell crunched four sixes in his innings of 27.

Despite a pitch that clearly favoured the batsmen, a chase in excess of 200 was always a tall order for India.

Australia took wickets at crucial times to peg back the India innings every time a batsman established himself.

Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed when set on 32, while Suresh Raina (19) and Virat Kohli (29) both disappeared after good starts.

That was, however, until Yuvraj entered the fray. He reached his 50 from 25 balls, and he powered on with the target suddenly coming back into view. 

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a renowned finisher himself, was happy to play second fiddle as the left-hander played gloriously.

A torrent of fours and sixes followed—he finished with eight and five, respectively—and his unbeaten 77 got India over the line with two balls to spare.

Here is the scorecard, as given by the BBC:

Australia Innings 201 for 7 (20.0 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Finch c and b V Kumar   89 70 52 14 1
Maddinson   b B Kumar 34 20 16 6 1
Watson lbw b V Kumar 6 9 5 1 0
Bailey c Jadeja b V Kumar 0   3 0 0
Maxwell c I Sharma b Jadeja 27 12 13 0 4
Haddin c Dhoni b B Kumar 5 7 3 1 0
Henriques c Yuvraj Singh b B Kumar 12 19 12 1 0
Coulter-Nile not out   12 13 11 1 0
Faulkner not out   10 6 5 0 1
Extras 0nb 6w 0b 0lb 6  
Total for 7 201 (20.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
B Kumar 4.0 0 35 3
V Kumar 4.0 0 26 3
Ashwin 2.0 0 41 0
I Sharma 4.0 0 52 0
Jadeja 4.0 0 23 1
Kohli 2.0 0 24 0
Fall of Wicket  
56 Maddinson
84 Watson
84 Bailey
124 Maxwell
146 Haddin
174 Finch
180 Henriques
 

India Innings 202 for 4 (19.4 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Ro Sharma c Haddin b McKay 8 8 8 0 1
Dhawan st Haddin b Doherty 32 40 19 5 0
Raina c Watson b Coulter-Nile 19 16 13 2 1
Kohli c Faulkner b McKay 29 24 22 2 1
Yuvraj Singh not out   77 56 35 8 5
Dhoni not out   24 43 21 2 0
Extras 0nb 9w 0b 4lb 13  
Total for 4 202 (19.4 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Watson 3.4 0 29 0
McKay 4.0 0 50 2
Faulkner 4.0 0 36 0
Coulter-Nile 4.0 0 44 1
Henriques 1.0 0 15 0
Doherty 3.0 0 24 1
Fall of Wicket  
12 Ro Sharma
50 Raina
80 Dhawan
100 Kohli
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