Yuvraj hits ton but India fail to capitalise

CHENNAI, March 20, 2011 (AFP) – Yuvraj Singh’s maiden World Cup century was the cornerstone of India’s 268 all out against the West Indies on Sunday but the host nation lost their last six wickets for just 36 runs. Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul marked his World Cup debut with a career-best five for 51 which surpassed his 4-37 against India in Kingston in June 2009 — the last time the West Indies beat a leading nation in a one-day international.

Yuvraj, who had already scored three fifties this tournament, made 113 to help revive a 38,000 capacity Chidambaram Stadium crowd stunned into silence by the early loss of Sachin Tendulkar.

Left-hander Yuvraj and Virat Kohli (59) shared a third-wicket stand of 122 after India were reduced to 51 for two following an early double strike by Rampaul, in for Kemar Roach, which included the prize scalp of Tendulkar.

India had already booked their place in the quarter-finals and many fans at the Chidambaram Stadium had hoped to witness cricket history by seeing Tendulkar score his 100th international century.

But Rampaul had Tendulkar, undone by a lifting delivery, caught behind for just two off the last ball of the first over. Australian umpire Steve Davis rejected