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Six of the very best from Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh became the first player in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over in India's match against England.

The left-hander achieved the feat in the penultimate over and finished with 58 off 16 balls as England - already eliminated - were put to the sword.

Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir shared 136 but India were pegged back for a while as Chris Tremlett took two quick wickets.

However, Yuvraj's onslaught left them on top and England shell-shocked.

The ball disappeared with tremendous velocity over wide long-on, backward square-leg, extra-cover, backward point and mid-wicket while Broad and skipper Paul Collingwood played the role of startled rabbits.

Coming after South Africa's win over New Zealand confirmed England's exit, it was another low point in their recent history of limited-overs struggles.

And yet there was no hint of the carnage to come when the openers cautiously went about garnering 23 in the first four overs.

But they stepped on the gas to dispatch the seamers to all parts, making more than double that in the next 24 balls as Gambhir pulled Andrew Flintoff and Sehwag flogged Dimitri Mascarenhas over extra-cover for sixes.

Tremlett, given his first chance in the tournament, endured a torrid time early on.

Sehwag top-edged his first ball over third man for a maximum, while Gambhir produced crunching drives straight and through the off-side to take India well past 100 in the 12th over.

England should have had their first breakthrough earlier, when Sehwag sliced Collingwood to fine third man on 39, where Mascarenhas over-ran to miss the chance.

The right-hander profited by hammering over backward point for six and thrashing through the covers to reach 50 off 38 balls, while Gambhir got to his fifty off two fewer deliveries by punishing a Tremlett full-toss.

The force was with the openers and Tremlett cut a beleagured figure, but he had two doses of joy when he knocked back Sehwag's leg-stump and cleaned up Robin Uthappa.

In between that, Gambhir guided Darren Maddy straight to Broad at short fine-leg.

However, any suggestions that the innings might fizzle out were truly shattered by Yuvraj, who raced to the fastest half century in international history - off only 12 balls.

He creamed Flintoff over long-off for one more six before being snapped up at long-on but that was a trifling irrelevance compared with the damage done in the previous over.

source - bbc.co.uk
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