Who would have predicted that: Dimitri Mascarenhas pummels Yuvraj Singh for 5 sixes in an over, Yuvraj returns the favour
In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
Yuvraj Singh returned the favour just two weeks after being at the receiving end with 6 sixes off 6 deliveries against Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
England 316/6 (50 overs) - Owais Shah* 107 (95), Kevin Pietersen 53 (82); Zaheer Khan 1/43 (10), Piyush Chawla 1/44 (10)
India 317/8 (49.4 overs) - Sachin Tendulkar 94 (81), Sourav Ganguly 53 (60); Stuart Broad 2/46 (9.4), Dimitri Mascarenhas 2/55 (10)
Result - India won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
This was the time when 7-match series were still in vogue. India were in England for a 7-match ODI affair in the lead up to the inaugural T20 World Cup. The series was still alive when the two teams met at the Kennington Oval for the 6th ODI.
After the early dismissals of their openers, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen had done well to stabilize things for England. Owais Shah had struck a fluent century but it was Luke Wright's 39-ball half century which had taken England to 286 before the beginning of the last over.
England would have been pleased had they crossed the 300-run mark. But Dimitri Mascarenhas, batting at number 7, ensured that the team reached there, and further.
After the first ball of the last over bowled by Yuvraj Singh - an interesting choice by skipper MS Dhoni - was a dot, Mascarenhas hit the second ball towards mid-wicket which was caught by Piyush Chawla. But, he rolled into the boundary.
The next three deliveries sailed over mid-wicket for consecutive sixes. Mascarenhas made it five in five balls with another mighty heave straight back over the bowler's head to finish with 36 off just 15 balls.
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Sir Alastair Cook, 0.2 ov), 2-20 (Matt Prior, 3.3 ov), 3-79 (Ian Bell, 16.5 ov), 4-83 (Paul Collingwood, 17.3 ov), 5-137 (Kevin Pietersen, 30.2 ov), 6-243 (Luke Wright, 44.2 ov)
On the back of a 150-run opening stand between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, India did well to keep themselves in the game all along. Gautam Gambhir then chipped in with 47.
It was courtesy of MS Dhoni's 35 and Robin Uthappa's unbeaten 47 off just 33 balls that India chased down the target in the last over and won the game by two wickets.
Yuvraj Singh returned the favour by going one better in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Fall of wickets: 1-150 (Sourav Ganguly, 22.2 ov), 2-156 (Sachin Tendulkar, 25.6 ov), 3-209 (Yuvraj Singh, 34.2 ov), 4-216 (Rahul Dravid, 35.5 ov), 5-234 (Gautam Gambhir, 40.2 ov), 6-294 (MS Dhoni, 47.6 ov), 7-307 (Ajit Agarkar, 48.6 ov), 8-309 (Zaheer Khan, 49.2 ov)
England - Sir Alastair Cook, Matt Prior (wk), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (c), Owais Shah, Luke Wright, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, James Anderson
India - Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Robin Uthappa, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Powar, Piyush Chawla
Match: ENG v IND, 6th ODI, India in England
Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Peter Hartley
Third Umpire: Ian Gould
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
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