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Yuvraj guides India to easy win

December 20, 2012 17:10:00 UK
MS Dhoni helped India ease to a straightforward victory against England.

India responded well to their Test series defeat to England by cruising to an easy five-wicket victory over the tourists in the first Twenty20 international.

Yuvraj Singh was India's star man, taking 3-19 from his four overs before slamming 38 quick-fire runs.

India won the toss in Pune and asked England to bat. It did not seem to have been a good decision when Eoin Morgan's side got off to a great start but they were eventually restricted to a below-par total of 157-6 from their 20 overs.

Alex Hales hit 56 from just 35 balls and Jos Buttler 33 but England's total was still below-par. Luke Wright hit three fours and one six in his 21-ball innings of 34 but a flurry of wickets put the brakes on England's charge.

Samit Patel tried to hold the innings together in the closing overs but, after he and Tim Bresnan were dismissed, it was left to Buttler to lead England to their total.

India were always on target when they replied, and England certainly didn't help their cause by bowling ten wides. Jade Dernbach set the tone with a very poor first over, from which Morgan's side never really recovered.

The second Twenty20 international is scheduled to take place in Mumbai on Saturday. England can be backed at 2.37 to win the match while India are available at 1.57 to emerge victorious.

Yuvraj made 38 from 21 balls before he was dismissed by Wright in the tenth over but England's final chance disappeared when Morgan failed to run out MS Dhoni in the 13th over.

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