Centuries by Yuvraj, Dhoni help India set England target of 382 in Cuttack


India rode on quickfire centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to post a commanding 381 for six in the second cricket one-dayer here today.

Sent into bat, Yuvraj (150 off 127) and Dhoni (134 off 122) bailed India out of trouble after they were struggling at 25 for three inside the first five overs.

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Chris Woakes (4/60) was pick of the bowlers for England.

Yuvraj termed his knock of 150 as “one of the best” in his 16-year international career.

“Probably, one of my best innings. The last time I got a hundred was the 2011 World Cup. I am very happy with the innings. We were trying to get a partnership. I just wanted to play down the ground and not take much risk. I have been hitting the ball well in the whole domestic season,” said Yuvraj during the innings break.

Yuvraj said that he had told batting coach Sanjay Bangar that he will go for big shots.

“I had a word with Sanjay Bangar, I told him the way I am hitting the ball I will go big. With the five fielder rule, mid-on, mid-off is up, the wicket was not [helpful] for the seamers after the first 10 overs,” said Yuvraj.

He was all praise for former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who also helped himself to a hundred.

“Dhoni has been a sensational captain for India. When Mahi is not captaining, he will bat freely. Hopefully, if we take early wickets we can win the game.

Brief Scores:

India: 381 for six in 50 overs (Yuvraj Singh 150, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 134; Chris Woakes 4/60).


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