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Nic Ladds 16th Nov 2008 - 19:25

Another Singh in the tale

England slump to a second successive defeat as a Yuvraj inspired India prove too much to handle.

Kevin Pietersen and England must be sick of the sight of Yuvraj Singh. Yet another century for the Indian all rounder along with an impressive four wicket haul.

England once again lost the toss which would appear to be gaining more and more significance as a number of England players cramped up when coming straight on to bat having already fielded in the searing heat.

Stuart Broad redeemed himself from his bowling horror show in the first ODI as he skittled India's top order and reduced them to 29/3. There was one main difference between the teams which appeared in the shape of an in - form Yuvraj. He came in and carefully set about bolstering the Indian score with excellent support from Gambhir.

A big six off Andrew Flintoff appeared to be the turning point and Yuvraj duly drove, swept and hooked his way to 118 to mark yet another remarkable innings with Gambhir hitting 70.

England could not respond in the same style and despite respectable innings from Owais Shah (58) and Flintoff (43), that man Yuvraj took 4/28 to demolish the England top order and send the Three Lions on their way to a second defeat in the series.

On the back of this England have been chalked up at 6/1 to be on the receiving end of a 7-0 drubbing in the series although the feeling is England will claw back a little respect making 5-2 to India the 13/8 favourite. For those who think England are verging on a famous comeback 20/1 and 50/1 are on offer for a 4-3 and 5-2 England victory respectively.


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