Pune: Success might have eluded him in Test cricket, but when it came to cricket in coloured clothing, Yuvraj Singh was the undisputed master of the game. India won the first Twenty20 International against England in Pune on Thursday (December 20) by five wickets, but while India were the superior side on the whole, it was Yuvraj who made the difference with both bat and ball.
After the first eight overs of their innings, England were motoring along at just under ten runs an over after being put in to bat. With Alex Hales unbeaten on 48 from 24 balls, it looked like the England total would reach 180 or thereabouts. R Ashwin had bowled three overs unchanged conceding just 18 runs, but none of the others could restrict the scoring, which reached 51 for one by the end of the powerplay overs.