Yuvraj leads India to easy win

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Updated: December 20, 2012

Yuvraj Singh bounced back from his Test series disappointment to lead India to an easy 5 wicket win over England in the first T20 international in Pune.

Man of the match Yuvraj restricted England to 157/6 with figures of 3/19, after Alex Hales (56) and Luke Wright (34) looked well set to pile on a big total. The all-rounder picked up both batsmen, as well as Luke Wright inside 15 deliveries to turn the innings, as England only added 57 runs thereafter off the last 44 balls.

In reply India wobbled slightly as Bresnan dismissed both openers, but the hosts never looked in real trouble, even in losing three more wickets, as first Yuvraj Singh contributed 38 with the bat off 21, before he lost concentration and fell to Luke Wright, caught in the deep.

Virat Kohli then added 21, and Suresh Raina (26) combined with Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take India to within spitting distance of victory.

Dhoni hit the winning runs with 13 balls to go, finishing on 24.

The second of the series is on Saturday in Mumbai.

India 158 for 5 (Yuvraj 38) beat England 157 for 6 (Hales 56, Yuvraj 3-19) by five wickets