Sachin Tendulkar , Yuvraj Singh and Subramaniam Badrinath enthralled the packed stadium at Raipur in their Road safety series game vs South African legends. Batting 1st the Indians lost Sehwag early but Tendulkar and Badrinath looked in great nick as they set about the Proteas bowling. Sachin looked all grace and was timing his shots beautifully, playing his typical backfoot punches , cover drives , trademark flicks and straight six and the perfect straight drive as he scored an enterprising knock of 60 off 37 balls . Badrinath took a while to get into his flow but after that was middling everything till he got injured and retired hurt at 42 off 34 balls.
However , the days best entertainment came from Yuvraj Singh . As soon as he settled down he unleashed his power and timing to hit 4 successive sixes of De Bruyn and 2 more against Ntini to reach a spectacular 52 off just 22 balls . The sixes were beautifully timed and revived memories of his exploits in T20I world cup 2007 against England and Australia.
Later Yusuf Pathan hit a rapid 23 off 10 balls to add further to the entertainment.
After India scored a mammoth 204/3 in 20 overs , South Africa replied with 148/7 as they struggled to keep pace with the asking rate . There openers Van Wyk and Puttick scored healthy 40s but the middle order struggled. Yusuf Pathan rounded off a fine day with 3/34. India win by 56 runs and Yuvraj Singh got the player of the match.