Yuvraj Sees India Home Against The Netherlands
India 191-5 (Yuvraj Singh 51no) beat
Netherlands 189 (Khan 3-20) by 5 wickets
ICC Cricket World Cup Group B, Delhi
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Zaheer Khan took three wickets and Yuvraj Singh hit an unbeaten half-century as India survived a minor scare to beat the Netherlands by five wickets in their ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match in Delhi.
Zaheer' efforts helped his side dismiss the Netherlands for 189 and although at one point India were 82 for three in reply, they eventually clinched victory with more than 13 overs to spare, Yuvraj scoring his half-century and winning the game with a boundary.
Netherlands made a good start to their innings, their top three batsmen all making starts before their innings fell away dramatically and they were bowled out in the 47th over.
Openers Eric Scwarczynski (28) and Wesley Barresi (26) gave their side a useful platform after they had won the toss, compiling a 56-run opening stand.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla bowled Szwarczynski to end the partnership before left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh trapped Baresi in front.
Tom Cooper then made 29 but the Netherlands then lost four wickets for nine runs when Ryan ten Doeschate (11), Cooper, Bas Zuiderent (0) and Tom de Grooth (5) all fell in quick succession to leave them at 108 for six.
Some lusty hitting from Peter Borren, who made 38 in 36 balls, and Mudassar Bukhari, who hit 21 in 12 balls, got the Netherlands up to 189 before their fun was ended with Zaheer's third wicket, the left-armer having already removed Zuiderent and Borren.
Chawla returned two for 47 and Yuvraj two for 43.
Virender Sehwag then blasted 39 in 26 balls with five fours and two sixes and Sachin Tendulkar 27 in 22 deliveries as they got stuck in to the Netherlands attack, scoring 69 in 7.3 overs before left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar struck to have Sehwag caught by Kervezee.
He struck again to remove Tendulkar, caught by Bradley Kruger and had his third wicket when he caught and bowled Yusuf Pathan for 11.
And when Virat Kohli was bowled for 12 by Peter Borren, the Netherlands sensed the chance of an upset.
However, it was not to be, as first Gautam Gambhir (28), then Yuvraj, who faced 73 balls, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (19 not out) marshalled India to their third win of the competition.
They added an unbroken 52-run partnership for the sixth wicket while Seelaar returned figures of three for 53 from his ten overs.
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