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

Published Sep 11, 2012 05:10pm

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)