London: Yuvraj Singh's impressive all-round performance guided India to a six wicket victory over England in its triangular series One-day International here at Lord's on Saturday.
India was struggling at 141 for four when Yuvraj came to the crease. But his 64 not out, together with Rahul Dravid's unbeaten 73 saw India home with seven balls to spare, the pair sharing an unbroken stand of 131 in 128 balls. Dravid faced 86 balls including seven fours and Yuvraj 65 deliveries also with seven boundaries. Earlier Yuvraj's occasional left-arm spin, made him the pick of the Indian attack with three for 39 as England was restricted to 271 for seven. The 20 year-old upstaging senior slow men Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Only Marcus Trescothick (86) and England captain Nasser Hussain (54) got past the fifty mark, England some 30 runs short of setting India a reasonable target. For England, left-arm spinner, Ashley Giles, whose first ball was hoisted for six, was his side's best bowler, also with three for 39. Virender Sehwag (71) and India captain Saurav Ganguly (43) looked in good touch but both openers got out when well set. India was given an ideal platform by Ganguly and Sehwag, the pair sharing a stand of 109 in 108 balls before it lost three wickets for nine runs in 31 balls. Left-hander Ganguly was given a life on 15 when Graham Thorpe at extra cover failed to hold on to a fierce head-high drive off Kirtley. At the other end Sehwag was effortlessly piling up the runs. He brought up his fifty off 48 balls with a cover-driven four off Flintoff for his eighth boundary. Sehwag then deposited Giles' first ball high over long-on for six. But Sehwag managed just one more run. Sweeping Giles, he was caught by a diving Trescothick on the mid-wicket boundary.New batsman Dinesh Mongia (1) was then bowled between bat and pad by Giles who at that stage had two wickets for no runs in four balls. Mongia's departure brought star batsman Sachin Tendulkar (1) to the crease. But he too went for one when he was lbw to Irani. That left India in danger at 118 for three in the 23rd over. Its hopes now rested with Ganguly. But, closing the face on an on-drive off Giles, he was out to Kirtley's brilliant sprawling left-handed catch at long on. Earlier Trescothick was caught 14 short of a hundred by keeper Dravid off Ganguly's medium pace as he tried to run the ball down to third man. He faced 78 balls including one six, off Yuvraj, and eight boundaries. Then came Andrew Flintoff. The all-rounder's blistering unbeaten 50 had helped set up England's win against Sri Lanka in Thursday's opening match of the tournament at Trent Bridge. However, he only managed 22 in this match before a checked drive off Yuvraj was caught by a diving Mongia at mid-off. England's innings had stalled - it only managed 48 off the last 10 overs - and so too had Hussain, whose 54 took 82 balls But trying to up the tempo, against Yuvraj, Hussain was comfortably stumped. In the tournament's next match, India faces Sri Lanka at The Oval on Sunday.
Scorecard of Match 2
Ganguly undaunted by England's facile win vs SL
It's battle of batsmen as India meets England
England beat Sri Lanka by 44 runs in 1st ODI