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‘Yuvraj’s big hits made all the difference’

Yuvraj Singh’s big hits at the death overs helped India score 10 runs in excess of what would have been expected, feels skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the hosts registered a nerve-wracking 11-run win over Pakistan in the second T20 International here on Friday.

‘Yuvi was at his best, those big sixes and fours really helped us in the end. We got 10 runs more than what we would have been happy with,’ said Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Yuvraj creamed three sixes off Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in the 19th over, which helped India post a competitive 192 for five.

Dhoni praised his bowlers for finding their mojo just in the nick of time to restrict them to 181 for seven.

‘A lot depends on the youngsters bowling the last overs, I think they held their nerve nicely. They were feeling the pressure but they responded really well and executed the yorkers. When they wanted to bowl slower ones they did that,’ he said.

Dhoni said Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane laid a solid platform for the rest of the Indian batsmen with their 44-run opening stand. ‘While batting we got off to a very good start from Gautam and Jinks.
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