Firefighter all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was at his best in his old days when Southeastern hit four consecutive sixes during a Road Safety World Series T20 here, which re-emerged almost two years later after the international sunset.
The Indian giants registered a 57-run win over the South African giants at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium on Saturday and Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj took the clock back and played a stormy innings in their own unique style in Raipur.
Chasing 205 for the win, South Africa were 148 for 7 in 20 overs.
Tendulkar scored his first half-century of the tournament, while the stylish Yuvraj showed his true colors with an unbeaten 52 in India’s huge win.
Jeet beat Sri Lanka by a clean run rate to take India to the top with 16 points.
Tendulkar scored 60 runs in 37 balls with the help of nine fours and a six, while Yuvraj scored an unbeaten 52 off 22 balls with the help of six sixes, including four sixes and two fours.
S Badrinath contributed 42 (34B, 2×6, 4×4) and escaped after his teammates injured his right hamstring. Toll Yusuf Pathan also joined the party with his big hit, scoring 23 runs off 10 balls with two fours and several sixes.
Tendulkar was robbed by a mob of more than 50,000 after being battered by South African captain Jonty Rhodes.
As the great batsmen pushed that copy pub through the cover and drove a classical straight drive in front of Makhaya Ntini, the audience jumped with joy.
It was the Yuvraj show till the end. With four wickets taken by seamer Xander de Bruyn in the 18th over, Southpaw strongly reminded him of the 2007 World T20 when he hit six sixes in one over.
The 39-year-old Yuvraj retired from international cricket in June 2019.