India 292 for 9 (Gambhir 70, Yuvraj 118, Pathan 50*, Broad 4-55) beat England 238 (Shah 58, Flintoff 43, Yuvraj 4-28) by 54 runs
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Few would have expected Yuvraj Singh to improve on his performance in Rajkot, where he destroyed England by scoring 138 off 78 balls, but he did precisely that in Indore. Not only did he score another hundred to rescue India from a top-order collapse but he also dismissed four out of England’s top five batsmen. He knocked England out of the contest by getting rid of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen in the same over, ensuring that India wrapped up the win by 54 runs.
Just when England’s bowlers seemed to exercise control over India’s powerful batting line-up, they were once again attacked by Yuvraj. England were on top early in the game, having reduced India to 29 for 3, but the hosts recovered despite the difficult batting conditions 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.
The target was always going to challenge England and they seemed out of the contest as the asking-rate soared towards nine runs an over. However Pietersen decided to take the batting Powerplay and gave Flintoff the license to break free. He obliged and smashed Harbhajan thrice for six – two over deep midwicket and one straight – in the 33rd over. Flintoff continued his awesome assault and England scored 59 off the final Powerplay, reducing the equation to 110 off 13 overs. As soon as Mahendra Singh Dhoni could spread the field again, he gave Yuvraj the ball and the left-arm spinner trapped Flintoff lbw with a faster one and bowled Pietersen through the bat-pad gap in the space of four balls. Those two blows virtually secured India’s 2-0 lead in the series.