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Yuvraj's blitz can't fire Yorkshire
June 17, 2003 19:23 IST
Yuvraj Singh blitzed a 37-ball 71 but still could not prevent Yorkshire from going down to a 16-run defeat against Leicestershire in a Twenty20 Cup north division match at Grace Road on Monday.
Chasing a target of 175 in 20 overs in the newly formulated limited-overs tournament between county clubs, Yorkshire managed 158 before being bowled out.
Yuvraj, coming in at the fall of New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming at six, cracked 14 fours and a six as he added 95 runs for the second wicket with England all-rounder Craig White in just 27 minutes.
But Yorkshire suffered a middle-order collapse after the dismissal of Indian left-hander, losing three more wickets for the addition of 10 runs.
For Leicestershire, Brad Hodge slammed 97 from 61 balls and then claimed three for six in his two-over spell to send the Yorks crashing to defeat.
If Yuvraj's innings was the highlight of an Indian performance, Virender Sehwag's second consecutive nought came as a low point.
Sehwag, who scored a duck against Worcestershire in a National Cricket League fixture on Sunday, followed it up with a three-ball zero.
Ironically, he ended on the winning side.