England v India, Group E, Durban
September 19, 2007
Yuvraj blitzes his way into record books
India beat England by 18 runs in a boundary-filled encounter at Kingsmead. Here are the highlights of a high-scoring contest.
Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes in an over and reached his 50 off just 12 balls
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Chasing 218 to win, England were 171 for 5 after the 18th over. At the same stage in their innings, India were 171 for 3 after which Yuvraj went on to score 36 runs off the 19th over bowled by Stuart Broad.
Yuvraj became the first batsman to hit six sixes in an over in Twenty20 internationals when he hit Broad for 36 runs in the 19th over of the Indian innings.
Yuvraj's 50 came off only 12 balls which is the fastest half-century in Twenty20 internationals, beating Mohammad Ashraful's 50 off 20 balls against West Indies at Johannesburg.
Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag added 136 for the first wicket which is the highest Twenty20 international partnership for India and the second highest stand overall after Chris Gayle and Devon Smith's 145 against South Africa at the Wanderers.
Stuart Broad conceded 36 runs off an over which is the most expensive in Twenty20 internationals beating Daryl Tuffey's 30 against Australia in Auckland.
Yuvraj and MS Dhoni added 61 for the fourth wicket off only 19 balls out of which Yuvraj scored 58.
India's 218 for 4 and England's 200 for 6 were their highest totals in Twenty20 internationals. Their aggregate of 418 beat the previous record of 413 set by South Africa and West Indies in Johannesburg.
Yuvraj hit seven sixes in his innings, the second most after Gayle's 10 sixes in his 117 against South Africa at the Wanderers.
Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj struck fifties in the Indian innings, making it the first time that three batsmen have score half-centuries in the same innings.
George Binoy is an editorial assistant on Cricinfo
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