We all remembered the very close match in World T-20 where India Beat Australia in last over like a boss. That was the first T-20 World cup and India have lost just one match in five games in the tournament. Dhoni and his boys faced Australia in the semifinal.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat.The team changes are one for each team, Yuvraj indeed coming in for Dinesh Karthik and Brad Haddin replacing Shane Watson, who was earlier ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a hamstring injury.
This was the finest Twenty20 international yet played. The Australians bowled a miserly line just short of a length and, after eight overs, a fettered India were 41 for two. But the unfettered Yuvraj, recovered from the elbow injury that kept him out of the previous game, pulled Clark for six to get off the mark.
And in Uthappa, who came down the pitch to lift Johnson for an audacious six, he found a partner after his own heart; together they added 84 from 40 balls. One sumptuous shot by Yuvraj off Lee, essentially a flick, sent the white ball – a meteorite in the heavens – 119 metres over square leg, the largest hit of the tournament. India scored 188 runs in 20 overs.
Australia seemed to organise their reply perfectly: Hayden provided solidity and Symonds the punch. While they were adding 66 in six overs, they were heading for the final. But Dhoni brought back Sreesanth for the 15th over, his last. From round the wicket, he slung in a fiery yorker that uprooted Hayden’s off stump.
Even so, Australia needed 55 from 32 balls. Indeed they were up with (or ahead of) the Indian score at the end of every one of the first 18 overs. With 30 needed from three, Dhoni made a second inspired bowling change.
Harbhajan Singh removed Clarke with another yorker and yielded just three runs. Australia were still fractionally ahead, but with Haddin connecting with little but thin air, R. P. Singh conceded five from the 19th over – and in the blink of an eye the task had become too tall.