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Yuvraj Singh’s brilliant spell in the middle overs helped India contain a rampaging England to 157 for six in the first Twenty20 International in Pune on 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.
Earlier, Hales, the 23-year-old Nottinghamshire opener playing his 13th T20 international for England and fourth against India, carted Dinda to the mid wicket fence twice with glorious pull shots when the home side medium pacer pitched short.
Nine runs came off the first over and then after Ashwin bowled a maiden to the other opener, left handed Michael Lumb — the second over of the innings — Hales smashed debutant Awana with two powerful leg-side hits for four, again pulling with disdain after stepping out against the Delhi bowler to loft him to the on.
Ashwin drew first blood with his first ball of his second over when Lumb, having been kept quiet in his first over, tried an ill-advised cross-batted heave and was trapped right in front.
With both the medium pacers proving expensive in their opening overs, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni brought on Ravindra Jadeja only to see the left arm spinner crashed over long on for a six by Hales and then pulled to long leg for a four as the score jumped at an alarming rate for the home team. England finished the Powerplay period at 51 for 1.
Though the field was spread out, Hales and one down batsman Luke Wright picked gaps with ease against the clueless Indian bowling attack. Chawla was hit for three fours by Wright in his first over and then the batsman smashed Virat Kohli for a straight six.
Hales then completed his 50 off just 26 balls with seven fours and two sixes before England placed themselves in sight of a huge total at 89 for one in 10 overs.
Yuvraj, brought on to stem the run flow, struck in his second over when he had Wright stepping out to hit an aerial shot which was taken by Rahane at long-off. Yuvraj then sent back danger man Hales and England captain Eoin Morgan in the space of four balls to stem the flow of runs.