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Yuvraj's century spurs India to massive total

Yuvraj's century spurs India to massive total

Yuvraj Singh belted an unbeaten 138 from 78 deliveries to spur India to an imposing 387 for five in Friday's series-opening match against England, a record on home soil in a limited-overs international.
Yuvraj's ninth ODI hundred enabled India to post its second-highest ODI total ever _ well behind its 413-5 against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup but ahead of its previous home record of 376-2 against New Zealand in 1999.
Wilting under the Indian assault, the English attack conceded more runs than ever in a limited-overs international, surpassing the 353-6 against Pakistan at Karachi in 2005.
India's highest previous total against England was 329-7 at Bristol last year.
Yuvraj smashed the England attack for six sixes and 14 boundaries to overcome his poor form of recent months, which led to his omission from the Indian squad for the home test series win over Australia.
India came into the seven-match ODI series against England three days after clinching a 2-0 test series win over top-ranked Australia. The English were humbled in a 124-run loss to a Mumbai XI after being bundled out for 98 in their last warmup match.
Yurvaj's assault came after Virender Sehwag (85) and Gautam Gambhir (51) gave India a flying start, putting on 127 runs for the opening partnership that dashed England's hopes of making early inroads into the home team's top order.
Skipper Kevin Pietersen's decision to field after winning the toss backfired as none of the seven bowlers he utilized consistently bothered the Indian batsmen.
Sehwag's innings contained three sixes and 10 boundaries from 73 deliveries. He struck sixes off the first two deliveries of Paul Collingwood's first over.
Sehwag then hoisted left-arm spinner Samit Patel for his third six, but Patel soon managed to break the partnership by inducing a miscued drive from Gambhir that was held by Owais Shah.
Sehwag also fell to Patel playing an extravagant pull shot. He failed to connect properly and guided it around to Ian Bell, who took a brilliant catch at short midwicket.
Yuvraj then shared two big partnerships with Suresh Raina (43) and skipper Mahendra Dhoni (39) that further boosted India's run-rate.
The English bowling figures took a battering, with James Anderson the most economical at 0-52 in eight overs. Andrew Flintoff returned 1-67, Steve Harmson snared 2-75 and Patel took 2-78.


Updated : 2021-10-19 17:38 GMT+08:00