Yuvraj Singh smashed 105 from 74 balls in the opening match of the BCCI Corporate Tournament for the Raj Singh Dungarpur Trophy against State Bank of Mysore on Sunday.
After being picked for Rs 14 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League VII Player Auction, cynics asked whether Yuvraj Singh was worth all that money. At the Wankhede Stadium yesterday, he started to prove the skeptics over the latest IPL auction wrong.
Yuvraj Singh fields for Air India at the Wankhede yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK
Playing for Air India, the classy left-handed batsman hit 12 fours and five sixes to score a dazzling 105 from 74 balls
Manvinder Bisla (58), Sushant Marathe (44) and Naman Ojha (60) also pounded the bankmen to set up a stiff target of 328 runs after losing seven wickets.
If the target appeared difficult at first, it became unassailable when Pankaj Singh started hitting the deck and making most of his over six-feet frame. He kept the State Bank of Mysore batsmen on their toes as he finished with 3 for 12 having started his first spell with figures of 7-5-4-2.
Despite Anirudh Joshi's resilient 72 from 85 balls, it wasn't enough as wickets tumbled and the required run-rate continued to pile up. State Bank of Mysore finished up with 225 for eight.
India Cements started their campaign in the BCCI Corporate Tournament against Food Corporation of India (FCI) with a 91-run win. The game at the MCA BKC ground was reduced to 45 overs due to a wet outfield. However, this did not deter India Cements who scored 240 at the loss of 9 wickets. In reply, FCI were bowled out for a lowly 149 runs in 35.4 overs.