At Indore, November 17, 2008. India won by 54 runs. Toss: India.
A well-constructed run-a-ball stand of 134 between Yuvraj Singh and the deceptively effective
Gambhir turned the game around after Broad had struck three times in his first four overs. His
back trouble behind him, Yuvraj completed a second hundred in four days, from 107 balls, and
this time he followed up with four top-order wickets. India challenged the fielders with sharp
running and refused to allow those early setbacks to forge a defensive mindset. England were left
regretting the absence of a front-line spinner on a pitch where the ball gripped; Pietersen's
occasional off-breaks proved briefly effective. But Pathan's 29-ball maiden fifty - including two
sixes in the final over, from Harmison - set a formidable target.
While adding 96 in 22 overs,
Prior and Shah struggled to rotate the strike, and England needed 169 from 18 overs when Pietersen
took the batting powerplay. A liberated Flintoff immediately hit Harbhajan Singh for three sixes,
and 59 runs came from those five overs. Yuvraj returned at once, however, removing Flintoff with
his second ball back and undoing Pietersen three balls later to expose a relatively inexperienced