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Yuvraj leads big hits parade

Swashbuckling batsman Yuvraj Singh has done more than just break bowlers' hearts during the ongoing ICC Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, he has also claimed the record for the longest hit of the tournament so far.

The left-hander's 119-metre hit , one of five sixes he clobbered during his 30-ball innings of 70 against Australia in Saturday's semi-final at Durban, has seen him claim the top spot in the list of the biggest sixes in the 27-match event.

Yuvraj, who hit 12 sixes in four innings in South Africa, has two entries among the 14 biggest blows ahead of the final, the other of 105 metres, coming during his feat of hitting six sixes in one over of hapless Englishman Stuart Broad.

However, he has not hit the most sixes in the tournament as his achievement of clearing the ropes 12 times leaves him one behind New Zealand's Craig McMillan, who has belted 13.

The ability to determine how far each six has been hit during the ICC World Twenty20 is the result of technology employed by the ICC.

Yuvraj is one of two India batsmen who figure in the list of those who have clobbered the 14 biggest hits of the tournament so far, with Robin Uthappa joining him, courtesy of his 102-metre six, also in the semi-final against Australia.

Three Pakistani batsmen - Misbah-ul-Haq, Younus Khan and captain Shoaib Malik - will be hoping to overtake Yuvraj at the top of the list when India and Pakistan go head-to-head in Monday's final.

That final will take place at The Wanderers in Johannesburg and as the venue is around 2000 metres above sea level there is every chance the current mark for the longest hit could be beaten as the theory is that the thinner air the further the ball will fly.

Despite that theory, only four of the 14 biggest hits in the tournament have come at the Wanderers with eight in Durban and two in Cape Town.

Both the Cape Town blows, together with one in Durban, have come from the bat of South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel.

Yuvraj's prolific hitting has also given him the mark for the highest batting strike-rate in the tournament so far (235.08). He goes into the final with 134 runs, including his half-centuries against England and Australia, from just 57 deliveries.

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