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  Saturday, 13 July, 2002, 17:36 GMT 18:36 UK
Hero Kaif takes India home
A joyful India pose for the cameras
A joyful India pose for the cameras
NatWest Series final, Lord's
India 326-8 (49.3 overs) beat England 325-5 (50 overs) by two wickets


India overhauled the second-highest total in one-day international history to win the NatWest Series final at Lord's.

Needing 326 to beat England, youngsters Yuvraj Singh (69) and Mohammad Kaif (87 not out) turned the game on its head with a defiant stand of 121.

At 146-5 - and with Sachin Tendulkar bowled by Ashley Giles for just 14 - India looked to be heading for defeat.

But Yuvraj and Mohammad refused to panic, even when the required run rate moved above eight an over.

Hussain gestures to the press after getting his ton
Hussain gestures to the press after getting his ton

Earlier, Marcus Trescothick and Nasser Hussain put on 185 for the second wicket for England.

Both men hit centuries, with Hussain recording his first-ever ton in international one-day cricket.

It was a special moment for the England captain - and he gestured wildly to the press box in defiance of the critics who had questioned his decision to bat a number three.

India began their innings extremely brightly, with Sourav Ganguly smashing a series of boundaries through the covers and Virender Sehwag showing some real craft.

When both men were out, the middle order caved in as Giles and Alec Tudor took two wickets each.

But then Kaif and Yuvraj joined forces.

When Yuvraj was finally dismissed by Paul Collingwood, Kaif continued to hit boundaries.

England did claim the wickets of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble in quick succession, but it was too little too late for the home side.



England: M E Trescothick, N V Knight, N Hussain (Capt), M P Vaughan, A J Stewart (Wkt), A Flintoff, R Irani, P D Collingwood, A P Giles, A J Tudor, D Gough.

India: S C Ganguly (Capt), V Sehwag, D Mongia, S R Tendulkar, A Ratra (Wkt), Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, Harbhajan Singh, A Kumble, Z Khan, A Nehra.

Umpires: SA Bucknor (West Indies) and D Shepherd. Third umpire: P Willey (Eng). Match referee: M Procter (South Africa).

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