Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JM Kemp
61(61) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
5 0 0 1 2 1 12 8
Yuvraj Singh
61(82) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 7 1 1 8 0 14 4

Best performances - Bowlers

M Ntini
O7.0
M2
R18
W1
Eco2.57
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Tendulkar
O1.0
M0
R10
W2
Eco10.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Yuvraj Singh's team-mates swarm onto the field and mob him, fans spill onto the square in celebration! Fantastic scenes at Belfast as India take the Future Cup 2-1.

Rahul Dravid won an important toss after the start of the match was delayed for over five overs due to rain and a wet outfield, put South Africa in to bat under overcast conditions, and watched on as Agit Agarkar and Sourav Ganguly each took two wickets, three batsman getting ducks, to leave them on 28 for 4.

A 99-run partnership between Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp helped South Africa to a respectable 148 for 7 off 31 overs, and India then lost three early wickets for just 38 runs in reply. But that man Yuvraj, cool under pressure, hit an unbeaten 61 to see his side home with four deliveries to spare. While chasing targets, India have won 17 out of 21 games when Yuvraj has scored 40 or more and he deserves the accolades.

A good day's cricket, after all that rain and delay, goes India's way and they take with them to England some much-needed confidence. Crucially, an overseas win for them.

The positives for India are many, not least the batting of Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj, and the bowling of Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, and Agarkar. Agarkar is not in the Test squad for England, but bowled well today after missing out earlier with the flu. Chawla too wont be travelling to England for the three-match series, but has impressed with his variation. Yuvraj takes with him into the England Tests the confidence of having scored runs here, in similar conditions.

Jacques Kallis, at the post-match ceremony, credits India's bowlers and doesnt offer the excuse of losing the toss. He says its disappointing losing to India here, but picks out the plusses, namely how the younger and more inexperienced players stepped up. ]

Plenty of cheer from the Indian supporters as Dravid comes forward to receive the winner's check. He admits the preparation for this series was far from ideal, but appreciates how well his players regrouped and brought back that winning feeling. He gives all credit to "the boys", while making special mention of Tendulkar's innings in the second innings, and Ganguly and Yuvraj's efforts.

Man-of-the-Match Yuvraj says it feels good to come back from being down 0-1 and enjoyed the form he's shown. Tendulkar gets the Man-of-the-Series award but insists that Yuvraj must share it with him.

Thats all we have for you, folks. I hope you've enjoyed this match as much as I have. Apologies for the loss of feed in the middle. Do join us for the next match, between India and Pakistan at Glasgow, day after tomorrow, thats July 3rd.

This is Jamie Alter, your commentator for the game, signing off with a hearty cheers!

30.2
4
Nel to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR runs, shot and there it is! Series victory for India! Yuvraj stands his ground and swats a back of a length delivery over midwicket and the Indians go berserk!
30.1
0
Nel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length on leg stump, tucked straight to square leg

Indian dressing room all smiles now

END OF OVER:
30 | 10 Runs | INDIA: 148/4

  • Yuvraj Singh57 (80b)
  • MS Dhoni14 (11b)
  • AJ Hall6-0-27-0
  • A Nel5-1-20-1
29.6
1
Hall to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slower ball, wide of off stump, he makes room and runs it down to third man to level the scores
29.5
2
Hall to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, short on the stumps, he pulls through square leg for two

4 to win from 8 now...

29.4
4
Hall to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR runs, clobbered! Yuvraj takes India closer with a thumping drive back down the ground, which almost took off Dhoni's head!
29.3
2
Hall to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, two more, as Yuvraj makes room and carves this over cover for two, and thats his 50! Well played!

Long-off, long-on, deep midwicket in place

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JM Kemp
61(61) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
5 0 0 1 2 1 12 8
Yuvraj Singh
61(82) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 7 1 1 8 0 14 4

Best performances - Bowlers

M Ntini
O7.0
M2
R18
W1
Eco2.57
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Tendulkar
O1.0
M0
R10
W2
Eco10.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF