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2nd ODI: India v England at Indore, Nov 17, 2008

Yuvraj proves England's nemesis yet again

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh was the toast of the Indian team for the second match in a row as he scored his second successive century and took four wickets to help India ease to a 54-run win and take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match ODI series.

Just when England's bowlers seemed to exercise control over India's powerful batting line-up, they were once again attacked by Yuvraj, who showed no traces of the back injury that troubled him in Rajkot. England were on top early in the game, having reduced India to 29 for 3, but the hosts recovered through a brisk partnership of 134 for the fourth wicket between Yuvraj and Gautam Gambhir. Yuvraj went on to score 118 off 122 balls and led India to 292 for 9.

Yuvraj hit his stride quickly, glancing a no-ball from Andrew Flintoff off his pads four four and pulling the free-hit into the stands at midwicket in the ninth over. Those couple of balls seemed to settle him down and thereafter he placed a flurry of pulls and drives into gaps in the outfield to give the innings direction.

England fared much better than India in their powerplays, and when they took their third, in the 33rd over, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff pushed the accelerator, scoring 59 runs off it. England were going well at 183 for 3, and seemed to be in with a good chance, but Yuvraj put an end to their threatening stand, trapping Flintoff lbw off a quicker delivery as he attempted to play across the line, and bowled Pietersen through the bat-pad gap three balls later.

Those two dismissals settled the game for India the England innings folded for 238, giving India another convincing win.