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Thursday, September 20, 2007
 

Twenty20 Cricket World Cup 2007 – India beat Enngland, South Africa beat New Zealand

India Vs England – Yuvraj Sixes thrashed out England of twenty20

Smashing striker Yuvraj Singh played an outstanding inning to help India to thrashed out England who manage just 200/6 in 20 overs from the tournament. With the help of Yuvraj Inning Indians able to beat England by 18 runs. Now India have to repeat its performance again against South Africa to advance to Semi Finals.

Earlier M.S. Dhoni Won the toss and elected to bat first on Durban wicket. Indian openers once again gave India a bright start by scoring 136 runs for the first wicket. Virendra Sehwag (68 of 52 balls) and Gautam Gambhir (58 of 41 balls) played really well and set the platform for the middle order batsman to come.

The left-hander from Punjab walked in at number five, and to the delight of captain Mahendra Dhoni, who was at the other end, hit top gear straight away.

The Indian supporters here got a thrill-a-minute excitement and sang along to the tune of 'Chak de India' as India completed the formalities and Yuvraj was duly named 'man of the match'.

Yuvraj capped a brilliant batting performance by his team, racing away to 50 off just 12 deliveries, a record in the shortest form of the game. The bowler to suffer the ignominy of being hit out of the park time and again was young pace-man Stuart Broad.

The penultimate over of the Indian innings saw Broad being hit over long-on, long-leg, long-off, backward point, mid-wicket and again long-on, in that order, as Yuvraj performed the rare feat only for the second time in international cricket after Herschelle Gibbs did the same in the World Cup earlier this year.

India thus stayed in contention for a semi-final slot with a match to go against South Africa, who earlier in the day beat New Zealand. The Kiwis finished their engagements with two wins while South Africa have already notched up two victories. A win against South Africa will bring India on par after they lost their opening match against New Zealand. A three-way tie will bring the net run-rate into play.

Yuvraj Singh was declared Man of the Match.

Yuvraj Singh Six Sixes of Broad (6,6,6,6,6,6) – India Vs England Highlights

Match Summary

India – 218/4 in 20 Overs

Virendra Sehwag – 68 Yuvraj Singh– 58

Chris Tremlett 4-0-45-2 Andrew Flintoff– 4-0-33-1

England – 200/6 in 20 Overs

Vikram Solanki –43 Kevin Pietersen – 39

Irfan Pathan 4-0-37-3 R.P Singh– 4-0-28-2

South Africa Vs New ZealandSouth Africa beat New Zealand by 6 wickets


Justin Kemp continued his good form with the bat by hitting unbeaten 89 runs of 56 balls to help South Africa to beat New Zealand by six wickets.

Kemp’s knock of 89 (not out) off 56 balls contained 6 huge sixes and snatched the match from the Kiwis. The 48 run partnership between Pollock and Kemp came off just 23 balls and it was enough to ensure that qualification for the Semis is going to go down the wire.

Earlier, the South African bowlers did well to restrict the Kiwis to a score of 153-8 especially after the openers had provided a solid start. Morne Morkel was the pick of the bowlers and snagged 4 wickets while conceding just 17 runs in his 4 overs.

The middle order faltered and it was left to Craig McMillan to continue his fine form in the tournament and add some respectability to the Kiwi scorecard. He played a brisk knock of 48 in 24 balls.

South Africa didn’t get off to the best of starts and lost 3 early wickets before Kemp stepped in and took the game away.

South Africa face India today in a crucial match for the Indians.

Justin Kemp was declared Man of the Match.

Match Summary

New Zealand – 153/8 in 20 Overs

Craig McMillan – 48 Brendon McCullum– 38

Morne Morkel 4-0-17-4 Johan van der Wath – 4-0-31-2

South Africa – 158/4 in 19.1 Overs

Justin Kemp –89* Mark Boucher – 23

Mark Gillespie 3.1-1-11-2 Shane Bond – 4-0-31-1

 

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