Punjab Kings Tweets To Reminisce India’s 20 Years Back Natwest Victory

Twenty years have passed since India and England squared off in the 2002 NatWest Trophy final at Lord’s, one of the greatest matches ever to take place on the cricket field. 

The Men in Blue worked tirelessly till Sourav Ganguly waved his shirt from Lord’s balcony to celebrate the momentous victory.

India played effectively throughout the tri-series under Ganguly’s direction, winning four of their five league games. 

There were some skepticisms about their ability to repeat the prior feat as they prepared to face the hosts in the final. 

But the side’s outstanding collective effort and Ganguly’s combative demeanor helped them win the historic NatWest Trophy.

England, which was batting first, didn’t encounter much opposition in the beginning. Opening batsman Marcus Trescothick settled in well at the wicket and finished with a hundred runs. 

The southpaw scored 109 off 100 balls, including two maximums and seven boundaries. Naseer Hussain, the captain, too passed the 100-run threshold by scoring 115 runs off 128 balls. 

Among others, Andrew Flintoff contributed and tacked on 40 runs to the total. The English army scored a staggering 325 runs thanks to these hits.

In response, the Indian opening duo of Ganguly and Virender Sehwag got the chase off to a strong start. 

Prior to Ganguly’s dismissal for a 43-ball 60 off Alex Tudor, the pair shared a 106-run partnership. 

Sehwag was dismissed by Ashley Giles in the following over after making 45 off 49 deliveries but falling just 5 runs short of the half-century mark. 

As Dinesh Mongia, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid successively contributed 9, 14, and 5 runs to the enormous chase, the middle order was not given much time to settle.

Young batsmen Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif took over when India was five down at 146 and put up a 121-run partnership.

Both scored 50 runs as Yuvraj Singh smashed a fast 65-ball 69 and Kaif remained unbeaten at 87. 

The two almost completed the task and made things simple for the latecomers. India wrote history by winning the championship after Zaheer Khan touched the ball to an offside position to complete a double. Kaif, who gave it his all on the field, was named Player of the Match.

Thus Punjab Kings tweeted “From 146/5 to 328/8  Chase for the ages! 

#OnThisDay, 20 years ago,  won the #NatwestFinal at the Lord’s 

#SherSquad, tell us where did you watch the final from? “ to reminisce this victory.

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