this rain-curtailed, 42-overs-a-side one-dayer, by 77 runs.
The over after Yuvraj’s boundary hit, Nikita Miller — a left-arm spinner from Jamaica with an uncanny resemblance to Dave Chappelle — began the 35th. His first ball, fired in towards the pads, was greeted by Yuvraj’s dead bat. Then Miller gave it some air. And so did Yurvaj, dumping it a tier above midwicket. Miller altered his length and pitched it short, but Yuvraj had slipped into one of those moods, and tonked it against the sightscreen on the bounce.
Miller came around the wicket to change his angle. But he bowled a waist-high full toss. A fan sitting behind long-on would surely have blamed his bruised finger on the bowler. Finally, on his sixth attempt, Miller found the perfect length. Too late, said Yuvraj, giving that fan another go at catching one for posterity.
Four pure cricket shots took Yuvraj to 98. He would get his hundred with a six too, but for that he had to wait for the pyrotechnics to finish at the other end, courtesy Yusuf Pathan. Like Yuvraj, Yusuf too was last seen in action during the IPL in May. But he still seemed to be playing for KKR. With five savage slogs — three sixes and two fours — Pathan had off-spinner Ashley Nurse mourning the loss of 28 runs from his over.
The 38th began with Yuvraj’s hundred hit, a short-arm punch off Beaton that gave the ball a new cozy home, Cubbon Park. He didn’t stop there of course, collecting a further 18 runs from the over. And neither did Pathan, whistling three more heaves over the fence in the final over, bowled by leggie Nkrumah Bonner, to finish with an unbeaten 32-ball 70. India had 312, of which Yuvraj had contributed 123.
With an asking rate of 7.45, West Indies needed a Pathan-esque innings. But all they got was a Mandeep Singh-like knock (the Punjab batsmen had scored a steady 67 at the top of the Indian order). Narsingh Deonarine, the Guyanese southpaw whose 14 Tests have been spread out over nine years, played in much the same