India vs England 2nd ODI: Yuvi-Mahi blitz power hosts to 381/6
Cuttack: Widely regarded as the best finishers in limited-over Cricket, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, uplifted India to a dominating score of 381/6 with their 256-run stand for the 4th wicket in the second ODI against England at Barabati stadium here on Thursday.
While, Yuvi slammed his career-best 150 runs off 126 balls with 21 fours and 3 sixes, Mahi scored 134 runs off 122 balls with the help of 10 fours and 6 sixes.
After being put in to bat first, India lost three quick wickets in form of Lokesh Rahul (5), skipper Virat Kohli (8) and Shikhar Dhawan (11) and was reeling under pressure at 25/3 in 4.4 overs.
Coming to India's rescue, Yuvraj and MSD notched up second-best ever 4th wicket stand in history of international Cricket.
First ODI's man of the match Kedar Jadhav played an aggressive cameo of 22 runs off just 10 balls with 3 fours and a six. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also contributed later in the innings as they scored 19 runs off 9 balls and 16 runs off 8 balls, respectively. Redefining aggression, India piled up a huge 120 runs in the final 10 overs of the innings.
Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers as he bagged 4 wickets for 60 runs in his 10 overs. Liam Plunkett was the only other wicket-taker as he got the important wickets of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav for 91 runs in 10 overs.
MS Dhoni played sensationally well during the death overs by accelerating the scoring rate and taking India to a huge score of 381 runs.
It may be mentioned that India lead the three-match series 1-0, with one match yet to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.