ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 11th match, Group B

India v England

Match tied

29.5

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good start to Yuvraj, held back again but the batsman is right behind it in defence

29.6

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, driven down the ground, Swann dives but it's in vain and Yuvraj is off the mark

India 181/2   Yuvraj Singh 1* (2b)

30.1

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tucked off the legs and down to fine leg, the crowd awaken as it was hit pretty well but there's a fielder down there to cut it off

30.3

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, again off the hip, and worked down on the leg side

30.5

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, that has pinged out of the middle of the bat! Anderson was trying to mix things up, perhaps aiming for the yorker, but it's slipped out as a low full toss and Yuvraj brings the bat down quickly to send the ball racing to wide long-on

30.6

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, chopped into the covers, and an easy single to end the over

India 190/2   Yuvraj Singh 8* (6b 1x4)

31.1

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, looped up on middle, played to mid-on

31.2

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good stuff from Swann, again good lines from him and Yuvraj is tucked up as the ball grips on the surface

31.3

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj wants a single from somewhere, he drops this towards cover but there's a man prowling there

31.4

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, appeal from Swann as ball strikes pad, but that didn't straighten nearly enough, slipping down leg. The appeal was short-lived

31.5

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flighted outside off, Yuvraj stretches forward into a drive but picks the man at extra cover once again

31.6

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flicked to short fine leg this time, and though there aren't that many men populating the inner ring - I can count three or maybe four - he can't find the gap just yet. A maiden

India 190/2   Yuvraj Singh 8* (12b 1x4)

32.3

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, quick, slightly short of length but crunched straight back to the bowler

32.4

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gripping and spinning a touch into the pads, off the inner half of the bat and the ball rolls into the leg side. Tendulkar calls for one

India 196/2   Yuvraj Singh 9* (14b 1x4)

33.3

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on Yuvraj's pads this time, and it's clipped to leg

India 199/2   Yuvraj Singh 10* (15b 1x4)

34.4

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, dug in very short, Yuvraj ducks well underneath it and immediately looks to the square leg umpire, but that's not a wide

34.5

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, the half pull/half flick off the pads down to fine leg

India 206/2   Yuvraj Singh 11* (17b 1x4)

35.1

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, low full-toss, Yuvraj plays the wristiest of whips to pick the ball up and over a leaping Collingwood at midwicket. Four runs, and will that be the shot to open his innings up?

35.2

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, better from Swann, actually hitting the pitch this time and Yuvraj can't get it away

35.3

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full again, Yuvraj lunges well down the wicket and drives down to long-off

35.6

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, this one rushes on with the arm, taking the inside edge of the bat. Hands on heads for both keeper and bowler

India 219/2   Yuvraj Singh 17* (21b 2x4)

36.1

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, crack! Short from Bresnan, Yuvraj rocks back and thrashes a pull to square leg. That's just the start India wanted

36.2

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short again, and spicy! This is much better directed than the last, Yuvraj whips his head out of the way at the very last moment and looks a little rattled too. One for the over, says the umpire

36.3

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, slower ball, fuller too. Yuvraj sets himself to have an enormous swipe, but perhaps just tries to over-hit it. Off the pad and a leg-bye taken

India 224/2   Yuvraj Singh 21* (24b 3x4)

37.2

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fast again, and aimed right at the off stump. Yuvraj makes a bit of room and chops down on the ball, but can't beat backward point

37.3

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this time he aims to leg, but straight to midwicket. Along the ground

37.4

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fuller, straighter. Yuvraj leans forward and works round the front pad through square leg, this time he does get the one

37.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this has been a great Powerplay over from Yardy, again he's speared it in and this time he gets the ball to hold its line outside off, beating the outside edge of Yuvraj's bat

India 232/2   Yuvraj Singh 22* (28b 3x4)

38.3

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, ooh, almost a double for Anderson! Yuvraj tries to turn into the leg side, leading edge loops agonisingly short of Anderson

38.4

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, banged in short again, doesn't look all that comfortable but still manages to whip a pull shot to fine leg

38.6

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah, the length wasn't wrong but if you ball short, don't bowl down the leg side, Yuvraj just needed to help it on its way and it raced to the ropes

India 242/3   Yuvraj Singh 27* (31b 4x4)

39.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, but for one delivery that was an excellent Yardy over. Takes serious courage to bowl spin to these batsmen in the Powerplay and he's done it well so far

India 247/3   Yuvraj Singh 27* (32b 4x4)

40.2

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower bouncer, it was very slow indeed and Yuvraj almost ducked into it. Loped over him very gently

40.3

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, another slow bouncer and Yuvraj could have played three shots before it reached him, as it was he was through a pull too early and top-edged down to fine leg

40.5

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, England sitting back and content to allow singles, which you can hardly blame them for after all the carnage we've seen

India 251/3   Yuvraj Singh 29* (35b 4x4)

41.1

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, cripes, this is very wide, arrowed down leg and Prior makes a tough take look routine

41.1

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, again Yardy has abandoned spin and flight for flat darts, working well too as Yuvraj dinks a single to midwicket

41.3

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj stands tall to bunt this low-arm sling to long-on

41.5

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, excellent running from Dhoni earns two, Yuvraj pushing wide of long-on and his partner urging him to wheeze a second

41.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah, slight misfield from Swann at short third man ruins a good over. Yuvraj using the pace on the ball to glide it off the bat, beats Swann and it skims along to the boundary

India 262/3   Yuvraj Singh 37* (39b 5x4)

42.2

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, goodness, this was less short than it was very, very wide down the leg side. Lucky Yuvraj missed it really

42.2

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, we all know it's going to be short and Yuvraj certainly does too. He sits back waiting for it and a waist-high bouncer was never going to end prettily for the bowler. Thwacked straight of the square leg for four

42.3

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shortish again but this time it's pushed to cover

India 269/3   Yuvraj Singh 42* (41b 6x4)

43.1

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yardy's low-slung darts continue to do a decent job, Yuvraj whipping a single around the corner

43.5

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, the crowd are getting louder as Yuvraj stands tall and punches a single down the ground

India 280/3   Yuvraj Singh 44* (43b 6x4)

44.2

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah, don't bowl short, don't bowl full. Maybe just don't bowl at all. Yuvraj sees one in his range, leans back and smashes this half-volley to the midwicket boundary

44.3

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shorter this time, slower too, and it works as Yuvraj misses out on a leg-side hoik

44.5

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, fifty for Yuvraj! Finding his touch now. Comes down the wicket a touch before flicking a full ball very delicately, beating short fine leg to collect his eighth boundary

44.6

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, no run, swing and a miss! Shortish and Yuvraj tried to pull into the leg side, didn't get near it. Prior was interested but nobody else was

India 292/3   Yuvraj Singh 53* (47b 8x4)

45.2

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tuned around the corner, just a single but these two look like they're ready to go

45.5

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah now Yuvraj on the case. Down on one knee and sweeping majestically, pinging it to the midwicket rope

45.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, and gone. Stadium goes quiet for a moment, just a moment. Short and Yuvraj just got it off the bottom of the bat out to deep midwicket where Bell held a simple catch. No great celebration from England, hardly surprising really. Good work from Yuvraj and crucially for India as the tournament goes on, he's found his form

Yuvraj Singh c Bell b Yardy 58 (76m 50b 9x4 0x6) SR: 116.00

India 305/4   Yuvraj Singh 58 (50b 9x4)

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Feb 27, 2011

It's the World Cup and this fan won't let you forget it, World Cup, Group B, Bangalore, February 27, 2011

It's the World Cup and this fan won't let you forget it

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Feb 27, 2011

Munaf Patel caught Kevin Pietersen off his own bowling, World Cup, Group B, Bangalore, February 27, 2011

Munaf Patel caught Kevin Pietersen off his own bowling

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