India Wins ODI Series: Yuvi, Dhoni Blaze

Cuttack: India won the second One Day International (ODI) against England on Thursday here by two wickets and clinched the 3-match series. England fell short by 15 runs. Yuvraj and Dhoni played great innings. India piled up 381 runs for 6 wickets. England gave a spirited reply. But the target was too big for them to equal. They were all out for 265. It was a superb effort on the party of England.

England opener Jason Roy played well and made 82 runs in 72 balls before getting bowled by Jadeja. Eoin Morgan hit a century and was unlucky to get run out at 102.  Moeen Ali was the third English batsman to score more than 50 runs. He made 55. But the tally was not enough to match the huge total built by India.

Yuvraj has proved his mettle and rose to the expectations of his captain Virat Kohli by cracking a ton after a gap of more than five years. Yuvraj and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who also made a century, pulled the team out of the woods in the second ODI at the Barabati Stadium. The cancer survivor and Punjab left-hander who came back into the team after three years in wilderness has vindicated the faith that Kohli reposed in him.

Dhoni came in when India was at a precarious stage, with 25 runs for three wickets, and steadied the innings. Having sent into bat, India were in dire straits struggling for runs right from the fist ball. In 4.4 overs, they lost the openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan and captain Kohli who has been in a terrific form. Yuvraj dominated the partnership aggressively swinging  his bat like a sword. This was his 14th ODI century. He went on to score 150 runs in 127 balls keeping the spectators on their toes. Yuvi played his last ODI match in December 2013. Kohli was very particular that he should have someone like Yuvaraj in the middle order to partner with Dhoni. That was exactly what happened here. Yuvraj was declared the man of the match.

Yuvaraj said it was probably one of his best innings. “The last time I got a hundred was in 2011 World Cup. I am very happy with the innings. We were trying to get a partnership. I just wanted to play down the ground and not rake much risk. I have been hitting the ball well in the whole domestic season,” said Yuvraj. He praised Dhoni who scored 134 runs (his 10th ton in ODI). “Dhoni has been a sensational captain for India. When Mahi is not captaining he will bat freely. Hopefully, if we take early wickets we can win the game,” commented Yuvraj. He was proved right. After the match was over Kohli said he was happy that the two senior most players did a great job. He wanted to Yuvraj back to provide stability to the team. On hearing Yuvraj, his father must have reflected on the comments he made against Dhoni recently when the most successful captain announced his resignation from the top position. Yuvi’s father was angry with Dhoni for dropping his son from the ODIs three years ago. Chris Woakes was the most successful English bowler who took four Indian wickets for 60 runs. The only other bowler to take wickets was Liam Plunkett who felled 2 wicket for 91 runs.

Yuvraj said he has been in good form throughout the season and the prayers of his mother and faith of the captain helped him doing so well. He was very determined to do well after seeing the ups and downs in his career. His 150 is his highest ODI score. It was a fabulous show by Yuvraj.

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