India beats England by 15 runs to win second ODI, takes 2-0 lead in series
Earlier, Yuvraj managed to lead a damaged in Indian innings along with former captain MS Dhoni to hit his 14th ODI century
Helped by the stunning hundreds from Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, India won the second one-day international match against England in Cuttack, taking a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing the 382 runs target set by India, the third-highest score batting second of all time, England failed to equal the series despite of Eoin Morgan’s (102) beautiful innings.
The visitors, however, gave the hosts a scare after pushing all the way when Morgan led the chase with Jason Roy (82), Moeen Ali (55) and Joe Root (54).
Earlier, India hit 381 runs with a loss of 6 wickets when middle order batsmen saved Indian innings which was sinking at a point. Yuvraj Singh and former skipper MS Dhoni came to the defense of India scoring 150 and 134 respectively to manage a good score. England is yet to start it's chase.
All-rounder Yuvraj Singh was back to his true form at Cuttack on Thursday. In the second match of the three-match series against England, Yuvraj managed to lead a damaged in Indian innings along with former captain MS Dhoni to hit his 14th ODI century, out of 98 balls. The century helped India to come back from a sinking stage.
It was also Yuvraj's first ODI century since 2011 when he had scored a three digit against West Indies in Chennai.
His innings has helped Indian innings stabilise after a hazardous start. Winning the toss, England chose to bowl first. K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan gave a quick and dynamic start to the innings but Rahul was sent off by Chris Woakes in the third over.
The ouster of skipper Virat Kohli came as a blow to India when he was caught in slips. Dhawan was dismissed shortly thereafter by Woakes himself and India were crawling at 25/3.
Both Dhoni and Yuvraj known for their one-man rescue operations at middle brought India back to the game. Yuvraj was playing more aggressively, while Dhoni kept on rotating the strikes and letting the Punjab skipper do all the talking.
Later K M Jadhav joined Dhoni and kept the run flowing. Jadhav scored 22 runs.H H Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja remained in the pitch. England pacer C R Woakes took 4 wickets.