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Yuvraj Singh shines as India beat Sri Lanka in Twenty20

Second Twenty20 International, Mohali:
India 211-4 (19.1 overs) bt Sri Lanka 206-7 (20 overs) by six wickets
Match scorecard

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh impressed with the ball before smashing 60 off 25 balls

Yuvraj Singh starred with the bat and ball as India edged past Sri Lanka to square the two-match Twenty20 series.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara top-scored again (59), ably supported by Chinthaka Jayasinghe (38) as the tourists scored 206 with India dropping five catches.

Virender Sehwag's dazzling 64 off 36 balls and Mahendra Dhoni (46 off 28) gave the hosts the perfect platform.

After his three earlier wickets, Yuvraj then scored an unbeaten 60 to see India home with five balls remaining.

Despite the Indians achieving the highest successful chase in the Twenty20 version of the game, the skipper admitted his side had not been at their best.

"We could be the best team in the world in this format, but our bowling and fielding has got to improve," Dhoni said.

"We have been struggling with our bowling for some time, not just in the Twenty20 format, but in the one-day version as well.

"If we could improve that aspect of the game, we would be a difficult team to beat. We certainly have the batting and this team has got character, but there are areas in which we need to improve."

With swine flu affecting India's preparation this week they may not have been feeling too confident in levelling the series following their loss by 29 runs on Wednesday.

After Sangakkara's 78 in Sri Lanka's opening victory, the skipper was at it again with the blade by smashing an aggressive 59 off just 31 balls to help his side amass a more than respectable 206.


A high score looked unlikely after Tillakaratne Dilshan's dismissal in the first over, but Sangakkara soon dominated an 81-run stand for the second wicket with Sanath Jayasuriya (31).

Sri Lanka finished in lively fashion with Chinthaka Jayasinghe producing a fine 38, helped after being dropped twice in one over, and Angelo Mathews, also dropped on 11, knocking an unbeaten 26 off 13 balls.

For all of their inadequacies in the field, India on the whole impressed at the crease, with Sehwag and fit-again Gautam Gambhir involved in a colourful opening wicket stand of 58.

Sri Lanka were guilty of a number of missed run out chances as Sehwag reached only his second half-century in Twenty20 internationals helping the chase with a 50-run stand with Dhoni.

There was a late scare after the downfall of Dhoni and Suresh Raina, but it was left to Yuvraj who completed the victory with a six.

Following Sri Lanka's struggles in the field, the Sri Lankan skipper explained why his spinners, such as Jayasuriya, were not used.

"It was one of those matches where two players had all the momentum on their side," Sangakkara said.

"It was a question of should or shouldn't we. When you look back, you could say at some point it was could have, would have, should have, but it wasn't to be."

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