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Yuvraj blazes away at Kingsmead

Some exceptional hitting from Yuvraj Singh allowed India to overcome a slow start in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final against Australia.

Under the Durban floodlights, India were stifled initially, kept to an unthreatening 41-2 after eight overs.

But Yuvraj, the hitter of six sixes in an over against England on Wednesday, pulled his second ball for another maximum en route to 70 from 30 balls.

Robin Uthappa (34) and Mahendra Dhoni (36) also shone in a total of 188-5.

Yuvraj had missed the match against South Africa with a bout of tendinitis of the elbow, but he looked in sensational form as soon as he deposited Stuart Clark into the crowd for the first of five sixes.

The dolly mixture bowling of Andrew Symonds was treated with thorough disdain by Yuvraj, and Uthappa who was accelerating smoothly after an awkward start.

One of Symonds' overs, the 11th, disappeared for 19 - and featured a six from Yuvraj that bounced about the roof of one of the tall stands at Kingsmead Park.

The 14th over, bowled by Mitchell Johnson, cost 21 as the two batsmen began to really embarrass the Aussies.

Reserve wicket-keeper Brad Haddin was forced to play without the gloves as Australia hunted for replacements to cover hamstring injuries to Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson.

And he flapped aimlessly at a chance at deep extra cover that would have ended Yuvraj's innings on 35.

Australia's sixth bowler, Michael Clarke, was the final bowler to suffer at the hands of Yuvraj, but also the one to claim his wicket when a big hit went straight to deep mid-wicket.

The big hits continued though, with the normally reliable Nathan Bracken being hit for sixes by Shoni and Rohit Sharma in the 19th over.

Australia needed nine-and-a-half runs per over to join Pakistan in Monday's final.

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