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Oval to India

There are victories and there are victories. On Wednesday, it definitely was the latter. Cricket of the fast-breeder variety doesn’t get better than this. And if the series will be decided by the last game at Lord’s on Saturday, the climactic moment has already happened.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2007 23:57 IST

Yuvraj Singh jumped to conclusions the moment India crossed the imposing English total of 316 at the Oval on Wednesday. The conclusions, of course, were embodied in the form of ‘floater’ batsman Robin Uthappa, whom Singh clambered on to with unbridled joy not only because the No. 7 had won India the match, but also because the 33-ball 47 by Uthappa wiped out the last over five-overboundaries humiliation that Dimitri Mascarenhas wreaked on Singh. It was a terrific match made ‘terrific-er’ for us by the subjective fact that Indian beat off a tough opposition and beat England.

There have been so many times that India have been in the situation that India were in when their scoreboard read 234 for 5. The solid start by Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, if precedent has taught us anything, hardly meant that the match would be in the Indian pocket. And sure enough, the sea suddenly looked choppy even with M.S. Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir chipping in usefully. In a way, it was the exact reverse of what had happened in the England innings — early wickets falling until Owais Shah stemmed the tide with a blitzkrieg 107 not out. But as is the nature of one-dayers, the blitzkrieg turned into an end-of-the-world typhoon courtesy Mascarenhas’ six balls 30 runs pummelling of Yuvraj Singh.

There are victories and there are victories. On Wednesday, it definitely was the latter. Cricket of the fast-breeder variety doesn’t get better than this. And if the series will be decided by the last game at Lord’s on Saturday, the climactic moment has already happened.