England vs India at Lord’s on 13th July 2002
(Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh emerged as the new heroes in the NatWest final)
It was one of the greatest victories in Indian cricket history which was played in the 2002 NatWest tri-series final. After England won the toss, they managed to score 325/5 (50 overs) in the first innings with the help of twin centuries (opener Marcus Trescothick 109 and captain Nasser Hussain 115).
In reply, the Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly built up the smashing 106 runs partnership for the first wicket. But suddenly the visitors faced the batting collapse and they were struggling on 146/5 in the 24th over. In this period, the youngsters Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif dramatically rescued the Indian team.
Yuvraj-Kaif built up the 121 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. After Yuvraj lost his wicket on 69 runs, Kaif played an important role in the late moment of that game. For the seventh wicket, Kaif put another crucial 47 runs partnership with Harbhajan Singh (15 runs).
In the final over, India were two runs behind from the victory and they still had two wickets in the hand. After the two consecutive dot balls in the first two deliveries of that over (Andrew Flintoff bowled), Zaheer Khan scored the match-deciding double runs on the third ball of that final over. While India chased down the 326 runs in 49.3 overs after losing eight wickets, Kaif remained not out on 87 runs off 75 balls (6 fours and 2 sixes).