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Yuvraj Singh’s all-round performance against Ireland not only powered India to a 5-wicket win Bangalore but also made him the first ever bowler in the history of World Cup to take a five-wicket haul and score a half-century in a single match.

Yuvraj’s brilliant bowling figures of 5 for 31 are his best ever in ODIs – his first five-wicket instance. He is also the first left-arm spinner to capture five wickets in the World Cup, obliterating his own figures of four for six against Namibia at Pietermaritzburg on February 23, 2003.

His aforesaid figures are the fifth best by a left-armer in the World Cup – the top four performances are six for 14 by Gary Gilmour for Australia against England at Leeds on June 18, 1975; 6 for 23 by Ashish Nehra for India against England at Durban on February 26, 2003, 6 for 25 by Chaminda Vaas for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh at Pietermaritzburg on February 14, 2003 and 5 for 28 by Wasim Akram for Pakistan against Namibia at Kimberley on February 16, 2003.

The Indian southpaw has scored 47 half-centuries in ODIs and out of them, 35 have come for winning cause. He averages exactly 50.00 in India’s victories. He has so far scored 5301 runs at a strike rate of 93.88, including nine centuries and 35 fifties in 153 matches.

The Punjab dasher has become the first Indian bowler and the fifth to capture five or more wickets in an innings in the present edition of the World Cup, joining Kemar Roach (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan – twice) and Tim Bresnan (England). His figures (5/31) are the fourth best by a left-arm spinner for India in ODIs – the best three are Murali Kartik – 6 for 27 against Australia at Mumbai on October 17, 2007; Sunil Joshi – 5 for 6 against South Africa at Nairobi (Gym.) on September 26, 1999 and 5 for 15 by Ravi Shastri against Australia at Perth on December 8, 1991.

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