Yuvraj cuts down Proteas

By Ben Sullivan  

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Third One Day International
Belfast
South Africa 148-7 Innings Complete (J M Kemp 61, H H Gibbs 56) v India 152-4 (Yuvraj Singh 61 no)
India beat South Africa by 6 wkts

Yuvraj Singh battered an unbeaten 61 in 82 balls to guide India to a six-wicket win over South Africa in the Future Cup in Belfast.

Yuvraj got India home with four balls to spare after sharing a fourth wicket stand of 70 with skipper Rahul Dravid (36).

The renowned finisher hit six fours and a six as India clinched the three-match series 2-1.

Earlier, South Africa had posted a modest 148-7 from their 31 overs in a rain-restricted game.

Even that looked unlikely after they crawled to 36-4 at the halfway stage, with three ducks in the top five.

It took 61 from Justin Kemp and 56 from Herschelle Gibbs in a 91-run partnership to rescue the South African innings.

That at least gave India something to think about and after Dravid ran himself out it was up to Mahendra Singh Doni (14no) to join Yuvraj in what became a perfectly-timed run chase.

Dravid paid a glowing tribute to Yuvraj: "He has been exceptional. He has been a fantastic finisher for us," said the India captain. "It is not an easy job to do under pressure - but he does it very well.

"He has got the power; he has got the skill - and he's matching that power and skill with temperament, mental strength and brains.

"That is a deadly combination. He is up there among the best one-day players in the world, without a doubt."

India came from behind to win the series and will head for England and a three-Test series with their spirits boosted. But first they have one more ODI to negotiate - against Subcontinent rivals Pakistan in Glasgow on Tuesday.

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