Saturday 22 September 2007 

Yuvraj Helps India Overcome Australia

A 30-ball 70 from Yuvraj Singh helped India beat Australia by 15 runs in the second ICC World Twenty20 semi-final and set up a mouth-watering clash with Pakistan in the final.

Yuvraj's latest blistering knock came after Australia had bowled well early on to stifle opening batsmen Gautam Gambhir (24) and Virender Sehwag (9) as India closed on 188 for 5.

Robin Uthappa got in on the act, hitting three sixes to Yuvraj's five in his knock of 34 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni provided some late entertainment with 36 from 18 balls as India set the world champions a target that was too tough for the Australians, who finished their innings on 173 for 7.

Matthew Hayden hit 62 and Andrew Symonds 43 but when they were clean bowled by Sreesanth and Irfan Pathan respectively to end a half-century partnership, the game was up as with the run rate climbing, wickets fell, and it was India who held their nerve.

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