India vs England 2nd ODI Cricket Highlights Indore Yuvraj Singh Hundred

Upto Fall of Yuvraj

Yusuf Pathan Launch

England Batting

Watch cricket highlights from the Indore One Day game - England vs India - the second in the 7 match ODI series, played on November 17, 2008. India won this game and lead the series 2-0.

Dammit. How good is Yuvraj Singh?

Scoreline: India: 292/9. Yuvraj Singh 118. Gautham Gambhir 70. Yusuf Pathan 50.
England: 238 all out. Andrew Flintoff 43. Yuvraj Singh 4 wickets

After-Play: A brilliant knock by Yuvraj walking in at 29/3. Back to back hundreds - an achievement preceded by only Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid and Ganguly (for India). With a multi-paced weird batting wicket and 3 wickets down, Yuvraj Singh's century in partnership with Gambhir is possibly one of his best ever along with his 100 vs Australia and the last one 138 vs England (have excluded a couple more 'cause of their current video unavailability).

Yusuf Pathan did come down the order again, but this time it came off. A super knock - it could have been better, if Zaheer and Harbhajan had looked to give him the strike rather than go for glory. The difference between this innings and most of his other ODI innings was the way the team handled him. India could have opted for the batting powerplay with Yuvraj already past his hundred. But they delayed it for a couple of overs until the 42nd, so Yusuf could get himself in rather than feel the pressure to go whack-whack (well, it's all conjecture., but is the most likely reason for the delay) The powerplay eventually didn't work out for India (as much as expected) because of some brilliant bowling by Flintoff, and Pathan not getting too much of the strike. Yusuf however finished off with a 6,6,4 - the 50th over off Harmison, to get to his 50 off just 29 balls. In hindsight, his knock pushed the difference between the two teams.

Both Yuvraj Singh and Gambhir on reaching their 50s were seen acknowledging the dressing room – Sehwag seems the most likely recipient – in Gambhir’s case, the Sehwag bat he’s been using was the obvious indication. With Yuvraj – he unstrapped his gloves and it appeared like he was pointing to a religious/good luck band around his wrist.

Kevin Pietersen who’s still a young captain got his field wrong early on with India 29/3. He and the England team appeared to be carrying a Rajkot hangover as they opted to stop the 4s, which allowed Yuvraj Singh to settle in – you’ll see in the video that Yuvraj found the wicket a bit dicey when he just came in. But what was fantastic to see was when a freehit came along a little after testing times from Flintoff, he sent it high and far. It’s hard to imagine too many being able to do that and immediately reverting to a watchful game, next ball onwards.

One of the joys of watching England is the commentary of David Lloyd – there’s a bit of that in the video, with him having a go at one of this blog’s favourite whipping boys – Munaf Patel.

England when they came out to bat were almost put out of the game by poor knocks by Owais Shah (nephew of actor Nasseruddin Shah) and Matt Prior who though they got the runs could hardly get it up (the ball, I mean). It was only when Andrew Flintoff in the company of KP whacked it around that England looked like they might be onto something. Flintoff who got a poor decision last game was given one to cover that up by Umpire Saheba who considering his past record, is possibly the best home umpire for a visiting team.

Yuvraj Singh was at it with the ball as well, picking up both Flintoff and KP in the same over and that was pretty much it.

Fore-play: Yusuf Pathan's batting position is a really tough call to make. So far, in all the ODIs he's played, starting with the Sri Lanka tour, he's come down the order and looks like a fish out of water. Most of his success in the IPL came up the order, but where is the spot? It becomes harder when Tendulkar returns. You'd expect the Yusuf Pathan kind of player to be able to go for it from any position. Can we see some inventive batting order tomorrow - like if Sehwag goes, let Yusuf come in and if Gambhir goes, it's Yuvraj.

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