Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Six 6's

Yuvraj Singh became the first player in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over in India's match against England. Stuart Broad was the luckless bowler in the World Twenty20 Super Eights match.

The devastating barrage from Yuvraj, 25, helped him reach his half-century off just 12 balls - the fastest 50 ever in international cricket. Sir Gary Sobers was the first to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket while Herschelle Gibbs managed it in a one-day international.

West Indies legend Sobers made history while playing for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan's Malcolm Nash in Swansea in 1968. Gibbs' landmark came against Netherlands bowler Daan van Bunge during a World Cup group match earlier this year.

Yuvraj's onslaught in Durban began in the 18th over when he hit consecutive fours off Andrew Flintoff before appearing to square up to the England all-rounder. A fired-up Yuvraj then took out his anger on 21-year-old Broad in the 19th over.

He was dismissed for 58 off 16 balls as India scored 218-4 after winning the toss.

Broad finished with 0-60 off four overs.

As a bowler, Yuvraj was hit for five sixes by England allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas at The Oval on Sep. 5 in a one-day international series which India won 4-3.

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