Yuvraj Singh’s blazing innings helps India clinch series against England at Cuttack

A 256-run third wicket partnership between veterans Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh (MS) Dhoni helps India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in three-match series with 15-run victory over England at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Thursday.

After being put into bat, India were reduced to 25 for three in the fifth over courtesy sublime bowling performance from all-rounder Chris Woakes, who removed opener KL Rahul (5), Shikhar Dhawan (11) and captain Virat Kohli (8).

Then former captain Dhoni joined Yuvraj, as both scored their centuries and took hosts total to 381 for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Yuvraj finished with the top score of 150 off 127 with the help of 21 fours and three sixes, whereas Dhoni scored 134 off 122 balls which featured 10 fours and six massive sixes.

For England, Woakes was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four, whereas pacer Liam Plunkett picked two.

Chasing a mammoth 382-run target, visitors stayed in the game courtesy half-centuries from opener Jason Roy (82 off 73 balls) and Joe Root (54 off 55 balls), which followed a stunning century from captain Eoin Morgan, who scored 102 off 81 balls with the help six fours and five sixes.

There was a late order fight led by all-rounder Moeen Ali (55 off 43 balls) and Plunkett (26 off 17 balls), but it was not enough as England managed to score 366 for the loss of eight wickets in their 50 overs.

For India, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three, whereas pacer Jasprit Bumrah picked two wickets.

Yuvraj was awarded man of the match for his stunning match winning knock.

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