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!
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!
back of a length on leg stump, tucked straight to square leg
Indian dressing room all smiles now
slower ball, wide of off stump, he makes room and runs it down to third man to level the scores
short on the stumps, he pulls through square leg for two
4 to win from 8 now...
clobbered! Yuvraj takes India closer with a thumping drive back down the ground, which almost took off Dhoni's head!
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
back of a length on off stump, he stands and works it to midwicket
dot ball! Hall bowls one on a good length and Dhoni, making room, just hits into the ground and bowler swoops in to field
11 needed from 12 deliveries. Hall here to have his say!
short-pitched is the response from Nel, and Dhoni pulls into the ground and gets one to mid-off
this one's full on the stumps, and Dhoni walks down the track to drive hard but fails to beat Kallis this time
shot! Nel serves up a fuller delivery outside off stump that Dhoni, standing his ground again, drives into the gap past a diving Kallis at mid-off...nerves, I say!
good length just outside off stump, he stands his ground and drives straight to cover, another dot ball for South Africa
oh ho Dhoni! Gets back and flays one up and over gully, and it bounces past third man for four...valuable runs!
full on leg stump, tucked out to deep midwicket for a single
Just one run from Hall's over. Nel's back.
backs away to leg, hitting a short delivery through the covers for one, though he was pretty darn keen on the non-existent second
make it five as one more passes the outside edge of Yuvraj's bat! No footwork, just standing and trying to run it down to third man
Tight stuff from Hall....thats four dots in a row
and again! Yuvraj's feet dont move as he fishes at a wider delivery
good length delivery angled past him, this time he pokes straight to point
outside leg stump, he shuffles and turns it straight to van Wyk at square leg
good ball first up, slow and beating him outside off stump as he stands and fishes
Once again, its Yuvraj who's doing it for India. Kallis needs wickets something bad. And he turns to Hall.
|Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||India won the 3-match series 2-1|
|Match number||ODI no. 2595|
|Hours of play (local time)||16.00 start, First Session 16.00-18.30 Interval 18.30-19.10, Second Session 19.10-20.30|
|Match days||1 July 2007 - day (50-over match)|