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Yuvraj shines in India�s facile win vs WI

By The Assam Tribune

CHENNAI, March 20 (PTI): Yuvraj Singh smashed his maiden World Cup century and took two wickets as India crushed West Indies by 80 runs in their last Group B league match to set up a quarterfinal clash against defending champions Australia, here today.

With today�s win India finished second in group B with nine points, one less than top finisher South Africa. India will face Australia on Thursday in Ahmedabad.

Electing to bat, India suffered yet another late batting collapse to be all out for 268 in 49.1 overs after Yuvraj Singh�s brilliant knock of 113.

Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul took five for 51 to start the slide as India lost seven wickets for 50 runs in 7.4 overs.

India skittled out the Caribbean side for 188 with seven overs to spare as the spinners did an outstanding job.

Like India, West Indies too suffered a batting collapse following a strong start as they lost last seven wickets for just 34 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Zaheer Khan (3/26) was the most successful Indian bowler with three wickets while Yuvraj (2/18) and R Ashwin (2/41) took two wickets apiece.

It was not a flourishing but still a decent start to West Indies chase with Devon Smith (81) playing the sheet anchor by sharing three good partnerships with the top order batsmen.

He raised quick 34 runs with Kirk Edwards for the first wicket, then stitched a 57-run stand with Darren Bravo and followed it up with 63 run partnership for the third wicket with Ramnaresh Sarwan (39).

Smith was taking it away from the Indians as West Indies were placed comfortable at 154 for two in the 31st over but once Zaheer Khan bowled Smith, the Caribbeans lost wickets in a heap.

Harbhajan sent back hard-hitting Keiron Pollard (1) and Yuvraj had Devon Smith (2) stumped by Dhoni. That brought skipper Darren Sammy on to the crease but threw his wicket by running himself out, thanks to a terrible mix up with Sarwan.

Yuvraj struck for the second time when he had Andre Russell (zero) caught by Yusuf Pathan at point.

Zaheer ended all Windies hopes when he scalped Sarwan.

It was Ashwin, playing his first game in the tournament, who handed India its first breakthrough by trapping Edwards with his carrom ball.

SCORECARD

INDIA

Gambhir c Russell b Rampaul 22

Tendulkar c Thomas b Rampaul 2

Kohli b Rampaul 59

Yuvraj c and b Pollard 113

Dhoni st Thomas b Bishoo 22

Raina c Rampaul b Sammy 4

Yusuf b Rampaul 11

Harbhajan c Pollard b Russell 3

Ashwin not out 10

Zaheer b Rampaul 5

Munaf b Russell 1

Extras: (B 5, LB 2, W 9) 16

Total: (all out in 49.1 overs) 268

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-51, 3-173, 4-218, 5-232, 6-240, 7-251, 8-259, 9-267, 10-268.

Bowling: Rampaul 10-0-51-5; Benn 4-0-32-0; Russell 9.1-1-46-2; Sammy 6-0-35-1; Bishoo 10-0-48-1; Pollard 10-0-49-1.

WEST INDIES

Smith b Khan 81

Edwards lbw b Ashwin 17

D Bravo c Harbhajan Singh b Raina 22

Sarwan c Ashwin b Khan 39

Pollard c Pathan b Harbhajan Singh 1

Thomas st Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 2

Sammy run out 2

Russell c Pathan b Yuvraj Singh 0

Benn c Patel b Khan 3

Bishoo not out 6

Rampaul b Ashwin 1

Extras: (lb 8, w 6) 14

Total: (all out; 43 overs) 188

Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-91, 3-154, 4-157, 5-160, 6-162, 7-165, 8-179, 9-18 2, 10-188.

Bowling: Ashwin 10-0-41-2, Zaheer 6-0-26-3, Harbhajan 9-1-35-1, Yousuf 7-0-28-0, Raina 2-0-12-1, Yuvraj 4-0-18-2, Patel 5-0-20-0.

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Yuvraj shines in India�s facile win vs WI

CHENNAI, March 20 (PTI): Yuvraj Singh smashed his maiden World Cup century and took two wickets as India crushed West Indies by 80 runs in their last Group B league match to set up a quarterfinal clash against defending champions Australia, here today.

With today�s win India finished second in group B with nine points, one less than top finisher South Africa. India will face Australia on Thursday in Ahmedabad.

Electing to bat, India suffered yet another late batting collapse to be all out for 268 in 49.1 overs after Yuvraj Singh�s brilliant knock of 113.

Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul took five for 51 to start the slide as India lost seven wickets for 50 runs in 7.4 overs.

India skittled out the Caribbean side for 188 with seven overs to spare as the spinners did an outstanding job.

Like India, West Indies too suffered a batting collapse following a strong start as they lost last seven wickets for just 34 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Zaheer Khan (3/26) was the most successful Indian bowler with three wickets while Yuvraj (2/18) and R Ashwin (2/41) took two wickets apiece.

It was not a flourishing but still a decent start to West Indies chase with Devon Smith (81) playing the sheet anchor by sharing three good partnerships with the top order batsmen.

He raised quick 34 runs with Kirk Edwards for the first wicket, then stitched a 57-run stand with Darren Bravo and followed it up with 63 run partnership for the third wicket with Ramnaresh Sarwan (39).

Smith was taking it away from the Indians as West Indies were placed comfortable at 154 for two in the 31st over but once Zaheer Khan bowled Smith, the Caribbeans lost wickets in a heap.

Harbhajan sent back hard-hitting Keiron Pollard (1) and Yuvraj had Devon Smith (2) stumped by Dhoni. That brought skipper Darren Sammy on to the crease but threw his wicket by running himself out, thanks to a terrible mix up with Sarwan.

Yuvraj struck for the second time when he had Andre Russell (zero) caught by Yusuf Pathan at point.

Zaheer ended all Windies hopes when he scalped Sarwan.

It was Ashwin, playing his first game in the tournament, who handed India its first breakthrough by trapping Edwards with his carrom ball.

SCORECARD

INDIA

Gambhir c Russell b Rampaul 22

Tendulkar c Thomas b Rampaul 2

Kohli b Rampaul 59

Yuvraj c and b Pollard 113

Dhoni st Thomas b Bishoo 22

Raina c Rampaul b Sammy 4

Yusuf b Rampaul 11

Harbhajan c Pollard b Russell 3

Ashwin not out 10

Zaheer b Rampaul 5

Munaf b Russell 1

Extras: (B 5, LB 2, W 9) 16

Total: (all out in 49.1 overs) 268

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-51, 3-173, 4-218, 5-232, 6-240, 7-251, 8-259, 9-267, 10-268.

Bowling: Rampaul 10-0-51-5; Benn 4-0-32-0; Russell 9.1-1-46-2; Sammy 6-0-35-1; Bishoo 10-0-48-1; Pollard 10-0-49-1.

WEST INDIES

Smith b Khan 81

Edwards lbw b Ashwin 17

D Bravo c Harbhajan Singh b Raina 22

Sarwan c Ashwin b Khan 39

Pollard c Pathan b Harbhajan Singh 1

Thomas st Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 2

Sammy run out 2

Russell c Pathan b Yuvraj Singh 0

Benn c Patel b Khan 3

Bishoo not out 6

Rampaul b Ashwin 1

Extras: (lb 8, w 6) 14

Total: (all out; 43 overs) 188

Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-91, 3-154, 4-157, 5-160, 6-162, 7-165, 8-179, 9-18 2, 10-188.

Bowling: Ashwin 10-0-41-2, Zaheer 6-0-26-3, Harbhajan 9-1-35-1, Yousuf 7-0-28-0, Raina 2-0-12-1, Yuvraj 4-0-18-2, Patel 5-0-20-0.