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Preview: Yuvraj, the focus again in Chennai

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Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012, 18:17 [IST]
 
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Preview: Yuvraj, the focus again

Chennai, Sep 10: Yuvraj Singh will hope his wait to play for India ends on Tuesday as the second and final Twenty20 International of the series against New Zealand takes place at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here. The stadium will hosts its first ever T20I.

After all the buildup and hype surrounding Yuvraj's return to India colours, Visakhapatnam turned out to be a damp squib.

Again, weather has threatened to play spoilsport. On Monday evening, there was heavy downpour. New Zealand player Martin Guptill tweeted (@Martyguptill) a picture from the ground with heavy rain.

On Saturday, there was no chance of even a single ball as rain was the real winner in the opening T20I fixture at the ACA-VDCA Stadium.

Fans, in excess of 25,000, had braved rain and packed the stadium to witness Yuvraj's return to cricket. But their prayers were not answered.

Now, it will be the same again in Chennai on Tuesday. Yuvraj will get all the attention. The left-handed all-rounder will be back in an India jersey for the first time since November 2011.

The 30-year-old won his battle against a rare germ-cell cancer and he is fully fit now to destroy opposition bowling attacks.

Tuesday is also of the few chances for both teams to settle on their line-ups before the ICC World Twenty20 2012 which begins in Sri Lanka on September 18.

After this game on Tuesday, India have two warm-up games in Sri Lanka before the big tournament.

India won the two-match Test series against the Kiwis 2-0. However, T20 could be an even contest as the visitors have new faces and are also boosted by the inclusion of former skipper Daniel Vettori who missed Tests due to an injury.

Batting-heavy India will look to post a huge total if they get a chance to bat first. As it has been the case in any T20, this too should produce a lot of runs.

For Chennai crowd, this will be the first major T20 game after hosting the IPL 5 final on May 27, which was won by Kolkata Knight Riders, defeating the home team, Chennai Super Kings.

India captain MS Dhoni, the local IPL boy, will certainly get a huge support. The new star of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli will be hoping to score big again.

There is another local boy, Lakshmipathy Balaji who is making his international comeback. Offspinner R Ashwin is also a Chennai boy and he is all set to play.

It should be a good contest and there is no rain on Tuesday.

Yuvraj will again be under the spotlight in Chennai and hope Indian team gives him a winning welcome.

Squads:

India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ashok Dinda, Piyush Chawla and Manoj Tiwary.

New Zealand: Ross Taylor (captain), Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Doug Bracewell, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Nathan McCullum, Ronnie Hira, Kyle Mills and BJ Watling.

Match starts at 7 pm IST. Catch ball by ball commentary and regular updates, reports on www.thatscricket.com

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Story first published:  Monday, September 10, 2012, 12:40 [IST]
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