Yuvraj shapes India’s 7-run victory

Colombo, August 7:

Yuvraj Singh slammed his third limited-overs century to fashion India’s seven-run victory over the West Indies on Sunday in a limited-over tri-series, securing entry into the final. Singh’s aggressive 110 boosted India to 262 for four in 50 overs and its bowlers then managed to contain the Windies to 255 for nine from 50 overs. Singh smashed one six and 11 fours from 114 deliveries and shared a 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Kaif (83 not out) to pull India out of a tight spot when it slumped to 51 for three. India finished its four preliminary league matches with two wins and qualified for Tuesday’s final against host Sri Lanka, which topped the table with three victories. The Windies reply revolved around opener Runako Morton’s composed 105-ball 84 — his highest one-day score — and an 83-run stand for the seventh wicket with Denesh Ramdin, whose aggressive 74 not out kept the Windies in the frame until the end. The Windies suffered a big blow before Sunday’s start as a viral fever ruled out skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Sylvester Joseph, playing only his 13th limited-over international, led the side in Chanderpaul’s absence. Singh arrived at the crease with the score on 21 for two, and opener Sourav Ganguly having retired hurt for two after being struck on his left hand by paceman Daren Powell. Mahendra Dhoni remained unbeaten on a rapid 13-ball 28, including two sixes and one four.