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New Zealand spoil Yuvraj’s return with one-run win

September 11, 2012

Yuvraj Singh scored 34 runs in his first match back for India after recovering from cancer, while Virat Kohli scored 70 as India lost by one run. – Photo by AFP
Yuvraj Singh scored 34 runs in his first match back for India after recovering from cancer, while Virat Kohli scored 70 as India lost by one run. – Photo by AFP

CHENNAI: New Zealand defeated India by one run in the second Twenty20 international at the Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.

India, chasing New Zealand’s 167-5, were restricted to 166-4 despite Virat Kohli’s 70 off 41 balls.

Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh bowled two overs, took a catch and scored 34 runs off 26 balls in his first international outing after being treated for cancer earlier this year.

The opening game of the two-match series, a tune-up for next week’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, was washed out without a ball being bowled in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji.

New Zealand: Ross Taylor (capt), Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Ronnie Hira, Adam Milne.

Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni (IND) and S. Ravi (IND) TV umpire: Sudhir Asnani (IND) Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)