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Who would have predicted that: Ganguly's famous shirt wave as India pip England to the post in Natwest Trophy final

England v India. Lord's 29th June 2002 Yuvraj Singh -India
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In our new 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.

 

England were facing India in the final of the Natwest Trophy at Lord's in 2002. Chasing 326, India were struggling at 146 for 5 when Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif came together.

 

Indian captain Sourav Ganguly's uncle had come to watch the game and thought that India would lose. He came out of Lord's, took his car and was on the motorway A40 home. Halfway down, he saw India get to 210 for 5 so he turned the car around and came back to the ground. He didn't have to regret the decision as India finished on the winning side.

 

Match Summary

 

England 325/5 (50 Overs) - Nasser Hussain 115 (128), Marcus Trescothick 109 (100); Zaheer Khan 3/62 (10), Anil Kumble 1/54 (10)

 

India 326/8 (49.3 Overs) - Mohammad Kaif*87 (75), Yuvraj Singh 69 (63) Sourav Ganguly 60 (43); Andrew Flintoff 2/55 (7.3), 

 

Result - India won by 2 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

 

Winning the toss to bat first, skipper Nasser Hussain and opener Marcus Trescothick posted a massive 185-run partnership for the second wicket. While Hussain scored a subdued 115 off 128 deliveries, Trescothick struck 109 off 100 balls.

 

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff's quick-fire knock of 40 steered England to a total of 325. The hosts were predicted to win even before the match. After a gigantic score, they were odds-on favourites.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Nick Knight, 7.4 ov), 2-227 (Marcus Trescothick, 36.5 ov), 3-307 (Andrew Flintoff, 46.5 ov), 4-312 (Nasser Hussain, 47.6 ov), 5-312 (Michael Vaughan, 48.1 ov)

 

India started the chase well with Sehwag and Ganguly putting up a 106-run partnership. Skipper Ganguly smashed 60 runs off 43 deliveries at a strike rate of 140. Sehwag also continued the aggressive momentum by smashing Ronnie Irani for four boundaries in a single over. But after the departure of Ganguly and Sehwag, the Indian batting order suffered a mini-collapse, crumbling to 146/5 in the 24th over.

 

India's chances of victory were fading away until two youngsters -- Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif decided to turn the tables. The duo stitched a 121-run partnership to save India from an embarrassing defeat. Yuvraj scored 69 runs off 63 balls, while Kaif remained unbeaten on 87 runs to guide India to one of the most popular ODI victories ever.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-106 (Sourav Ganguly, 14.3 ov), 2-114 (Virender Sehwag, 15.6 ov), 3-126 (Dinesh Mongia, 18.3 ov), 4-132 (Rahul Dravid, 20.6 ov), 5-146 (Sachin Tendulkar, 23.6 ov), 6-267 (Yuvraj Singh, 41.4 ov), 7-314 (Harbhajan Singh, 47.3 ov), 8-314 (Anil Kumble, 47.5 ov)

 

The image of Sourav Ganguly waving his shirt on the Lord's balcony captured what the win meant for the team and the country.

 

Teams

 

England - Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight, Nasser Hussain (c), Andrew Flintoff, Michael Vaughan, Paul Collingwood, Ronnie Irani, Alec Stewart (wk), Alex Tudor, Darren Gough, Ashley Giles

 

India - Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly (c), Dinesh Mongia, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra

 

Match Details

 

Match: England v India, Final, England, India, Sri Lanka in England, 2002 

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2002 

Toss: England won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Lord's, London 

Umpires: Steve Bucknor, David Shepherd 

Third Umpire: Peter Willey 

Match Referee: Mike Procter 

 

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