New Delhi: Rahul Dravid was heavily criticised for giving Yuvraj Singh the last over in the sixth ODI against England as the bowler was hit for five massive sixes by Dimitri Mascerenhas. However, Yuvraj Singh answered back in style soon, but with the bat. The occasion - the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa against the same opposition; Yuvraj, in the penultimate over of the innings bowled by Stuart Broad, hit six towering sixes to bring up the fastest fifty of the game and becoming only the second batsman after Herschelle Gibbs in international cricket to achieve the feat.
Yuvraj Singh came to bat at the fag end of the innings, what many would consider as too few balls left for him to do any heroics, but the southpaw had other ideas. Yuvraj might have been charged up to smash the English bowlers like he suffered a few weeks ago but a small tiff with Andrew Flintoff just before the crucial over by Broad may have added fire to his belly. The two exchanged some heated words at the end of the 18th over.
As soon as Broad had delivered his first ball, it disappeared over the mid-wicket boundary. And soon another five followed, each hit with super strength. The best part of the sixes by Yuvraj was that they were all authentic cricket shots, played with tremendous power and finesse. The six shots spanned from the point boundary to the square leg one with the ball disappearing into six different sections of the stand at the Kingsmead; all of them crossing the boundary line comfortably. He brought up his fifty in the process of mere 12 deliveries.
In hindsight, Yuvraj Singh’s exploits of the Broad over made all the difference in the end as England fell short by 18 runs chasing India mammoth 218, ironically needing 36 runs of the last over.
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