Second ODI: Yuvraj and Dhoni steer India to a series-clinching win

Second ODI: Yuvraj and  Dhoni steer India to a  series-clinching win

India rode on centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to edge out England by 15 runs in a high-scoring thriller in their second One-Day International (ODI) cricket match at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

Yuvraj and Dhoni displayed a superb form with the bat to help India recover from a poor start and post a massive total of 381/6. In reply, England came up with a brave challenge, spearheaded by a century from their captain Eoin Morgan, to post 366/8 in the allotted 50 overs.

India thus sealed an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

“I think we are playing up to only 75% of our potential,” Kohli said after the win.

He said he wasn’t sure how many runs India could post after being sent into bat and being reduced to 25/3. But he was glad Yuvraj and Dhoni added 256 runs for the fourth wicket in 38.2 overs to bring the Indian innings back on track after England pacer Chris Woakes had reduced the hosts to 25/3 by the fifth over.

“We were wondering if we had a good start and where we were going to end up. With 25/3, scoring at four runs an over, and ending up with 381 was incredible.

“I thought 340 was average. 380 was farfetched although they got close by going hard at the start and at the end. Bowling second was pretty difficult and I was wondering how it would have been had we chased this one,” Kohli added.

Eoin Morgan expressed his disappointment at failing to win after reaching so close to the target.

“We weren’t at our best today. We’re disappointed to get very close and not manage to get over the line,” he said.