Owing to superb batting performances by ‘comeback man’ Yuvraj Singh and former ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India set a mammoth 382-run target for England in the second ODI match at Cuttack.

Yuvraj, showed some superb timings and shot selection, struck 150 runs in just 127 balls. During his innings, he smashed 21 fours and three sixes. Yuvraj came into bat at No. 5 following the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan.

Yuvraj’s innings played a vital role in bringing the Indian innings back on track. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan did start India off on to a brisk start but Rahul was dismissed bu Chris Woakes in the third over. The real blow came four balls later when skipper Virat was caught in the slips. Dhawan was dismissed shortly thereafter by Woakes himself and India were tottering at 25/3.

During this course, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring most runs against England and also became the highest scoring Indian batsman against the visitors.

Meanwhile, Dhoni, who came to the crease following the dismissal of ODI skipper Virat Kohli, struck his 10th century and that too after 3 long years. During his stint, Dhoni smashed 10 fours and six sixes.

Dhoni started off his innings in such a slow pace that after playing 15 balls he had just 1 run in his account. But as he is habitual of scoring runs like a hurricane in the last 10 overs and was dismissed for 134 runs off 122 balls.

The duo, Yuvraj and Dhoni, together put 256 runs on the board for the 4th wicket which is the highest by any team against England.

Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bowl first

While team India played with an unchanged squad, England replaced Adil Rashid with Liam Plunkett.

 

Brief Score:

England wins toss, elects to bowl first

India: 381/6 (50 overs)

Top scorers: Yuvraj Singh – 150 (127), c Jos Buttler b C Woakes; MS Dhoni – 134 (122) c D Willey b L Plunkett

Fall of wickets: 14-1 (KL Rahul, 2.1), 22-2 (Virat Kohli, 2.6), 25-3 (Shikhar Dhwan, 4.4), 281-4 (Yuvraj Singh, 42.6), 323-5 (Kedar Jadhav, 45.6), 358-6 (MS Dhoni, 47.6)

Wickets: Chris Woakes: 10-0-60-4, Liam Plunket: 10-1-91-2