Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yuvraj Singh blasted his second consecutive century and grabbed four wickets

INDORE, India, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Yuvraj Singh blasted his second consecutive century and grabbed four wickets to guide India to a comfortable 54-run win over England in the second one-day international on Monday.

The 26-year-old hit 118 to lift India out of trouble at 29 for three and to an imposing 292 for nine before denting England's fightback, putting the hosts 2-0 up in the seven-game series.

England collapsed to 238 all out after Yuvraj ended a 96-run second-wicket partnership by removing Owais Shah (58) and Matt Prior (38) in successive overs before returning 4-28 bowling slow left-arm spin on a sluggish pitch.

He returned to dismiss Andrew Flintoff (43) and skipper Kevin Pietersen (33) in the same over after their racy 74-run fourth-wicket partnership had kept alive England hopes before they lost four wickets for eight runs.

"At 29-3 we definitely felt we had a chance (but) we probably slipped there," Pietersen said. "And after the Power Play I think Freddie and I took it quite nicely to get the momentum back but unfortunately we lost ourselves to Yuvraj.

"He again played a fantastic game today, scoring a 100 and taking four for nothing, I mean the boy is playing good cricket."

Yuvraj, who stroked 138 not out to set up India's crushing 158-run win in Friday's first contest of the seven-match series, took over after young paceman Stuart Broad's triple strike left the hosts reeling at 29 for three.

He struck his 10th one-day hundred and added 134 runs for the fourth wicket with opener Gautam Gambhir, who made 70 for his second fifty of the series.

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