December 21, 2012
1st Twenty20 international: Pune
India 158-5 (17.5 overs) beat England 157-6 (20 overs) by five wickets
India bounced back from their Test series defeat to comfortably beat England in the first Twenty20 international at Pune yesterday.
Batting first England made 157-6 from their 20 overs. Alex Hales who has been England’s most consistent performer in this form of the game in 2012, top scored again with a well-made 56 from just 35 balls. He was giving good support by Luke Wright who made 34 coming in at number 3.
At 89-1 England looked in a good position to post a score close to 200. However, the visitors lost their way in the middle overs as Yuvraj Singh claimed 3-19 from his 4 overs.
England were grateful to Jos Buttler in the end who made a quick-fire 33 from 21 balls in getting England to a competitive target. Buttler’s innings included 3 towering sixes.
In reply India always looked in charge of the run chase. Yuvraj followed up his fine efforts with the ball by smashing 38 from 21 balls getting India firmly ahead of the rate. MS Dhoni hit the winnings runs as India won with 13 balls to spare with 6 wickets in hand.
The second match of the series takes place on Saturday in Mumbai as England look to level the series before coming home for Christmas.
The Scoop 21/12/12