India coasted to a five-wicket win in the first T20I at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. Yuvraj Singh who made a significant contribution taking 3 for 19 with the ball shone with the bat as well to score a match turning 38 from 21 balls to set up an easy victory for the hosts. India got to the target of 158 with 13 balls to spare.
It was a terrific start given by Ajinkya Rahane who struck two lovely sixes straight down the ground to provide the initial momentum with his 13-ball 19. Yuvraj Singh made an impact by striking two fours and 3 sixes while taking out left-arm spinner Danny Briggs out of the attack. India had little trouble in getting to the target as partnerships kept on coming and the momentum was sustained.
The match was wrapped up in Indiaâs favour by Suresh Raina (26 from 19 balls with a four and a six) and Skipper MS Dhoni (24* from 21 balls).
Yuvraj Singh got the Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
Over 17.5 Stuart Meakerto MS Dhoni, 2 runs,
Chips the full ball safely over covers for a couple of runs.
That is it, India win the first T20I at Pune by 5 wickets with 13 balls to spare.
Over 17.4 Stuart Meakerto MS Dhoni, Boundary!
Goes back and punches it beautifully between covers and mid off for a boundary. 135 kmph.
Over 17.3 Stuart Meakerto MS Dhoni, no runs,
Bottom edges his pull shot off a slower bouncer which rolls down to the keeper.
Over 17.2 Stuart Meakerto MS Dhoni, Boundary!
Swivels back and pulls the pacy short ball flat in the air behind squareleg for a boundary.
Over 17.1 Stuart Meakerto MS Dhoni,and Raina is RUN OUT!
Dhoni moves back and punches it to extra covers and sends back Raina who is off his blocks. There is a direct throw through a flick of the arm from the fielder Morgan which sends back Raina to the dug out.
End of Over 17 (11 runs) India 148/4
SK Raina 26/19 TT Bresnan 3-0-26-2 MS Dhoni 14/16
Over 16.6 TT Bresnanto SK Raina, no runs,
Makes room and punches the length ball to mid off.
Over 16.5 TT Bresnanto SK Raina, 2 runs,
Goes back and tucks the short ball behind squareleg and steals a second run.
Over 16.4 TT Bresnanto MS Dhoni, 1 run,
Drives the full ball towards mid on and takes a risky single.
Over 16.3 TT Bresnanto SK Raina, 1 run,
Makes room and cuts the wide delivery to deep point for one.
Over 16.2 TT Bresnanto SK Raina, Six!!
Slower half tracker banged in by Bresnan and Raina waits before pulling it flat over deep mid wicket for a superb six.
Over 16.1 TT Bresnanto MS Dhoni, 1 run,
Swivels back and pulls the short ball to deep mid wicket for one.