Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India to come back from the brink and pile up a winning total to defeat England in the second one day test at Cuttock in Odisha by 15 runs. Thus, they clinched the series with an unassailable lead of 2-0.
Coming into bat with India struggling at 25 for three, Yuvraj and Dhoni brought into play their years of experience to not only bail the team out of trouble, but also propel them to a formidable 381 for six in the stipulated 50 overs. Yuvraj (150 off 127 balls) and Dhoni (134 off 122) forged a record 256-run partnership to put their team in a position of strength from a precarious one.
Yuvraj was on fire from ball one and hammered 21 fours and three sixes in his career-best knock in ODIs. This is his first ton since the 2011 World Cup. It was a typical innings from Dhoni, who took his time initially before cutting loose to tear the opposition bowlers apart.
In reply, England fought to the end with captain Eoin Morgan leading the chase with a swashbuckling century, only for his side to fall short narrowly at the packed Barabati Stadium. It was raining sixes and fours especially in the last 10 overs with India plundering 120 runs.
Even as England needed 22 off the final over, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept his nerves and conceded a mere six runs. The winning skipper Virat Kohli punched his fist in the air in jubilation.
Despite being set a mammoth target, England were in the game as long as Morgan was in the middle, but bowler Jasprit Bumrah put paid to the visiting side's hopes when he calmly ran out the England skipper in the non-striker's end after he backed up too far.