India 381/6 (50.0 ov)
India innings (50 overs maximum)
KL Rahul c Stokes b Woakes 5
S Dhawan b Woakes 11
V Kohli* c Stokes b Woakes8
Yuvraj Singh c †Buttler b Woakes 150
MS Dhoni† c Willey b Plunkett 134
KM Jadhav c Ball b Plunkett 22
HH Pandya not out 19
RA Jadeja not out 16
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 9, nb 1) 16
Total (6 wickets; 50 overs) 381 (7.62 runs per over)
Cuttack: After three quick wickets in the second one day international against India, many people thought that India may not be able to recover. This looked more true as the warrior in-chief and the captain of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli too had lost his wickets after scoring merely eight runs.
This was simply a very disappointing situation. The openers and Kohli had gotten out when the scorecard read only 35 runs. For the cricket crazy Indians, the thought of being on the losing side, and that too on their own ground looked rather disturbing. But two stalwarts of the Indian cricket stepped up their game and not just took India to a safe score, but also set India to a huge total.
When the fourth wicket of Yuvraj Singh fell, the Indian score was around 300 runs and there were around eight more overs remaining. Yuvraj who wore the Indian camp after a long time has certainly earned the respect by his exceptional 150 runs knock.
And then Dhoni, the former Indian cricket captain and one of the best cricketers hit a hundred fortifying the Indian total. Dhoni who started rather slowly scored 134 runs of 122 balls. His inning included 10 fours and 6 massive sixes.
In the meantime Yuvraj’s strokeplay, with that imperious swing of the bat, was as aggressive and fluid as always. He played to all corner of the ground, with caressed one off drive just to the left of the bowler being the shot of the day. This was Yuvraj’s 14th ODI century and almost surely one of the most important he has played, not just for the team but also for his own reinstatement in the side.
There is no denying that Yuvraj has worked extremely hard and has never given up hope. Yuvraj was out of the ODI team for three years, having played his last match before this series in December 2013. Eyebrows were raised when he was called back into the side, but India’s new ODI and T20I skipper Virat Kohli was clear that he wanted someone experienced in the middle-order to partner Dhoni in case such a need arose.
On TV: Star Sports 1 & 3, Star Sports HD 1 & 3
Here are the live streaming details. Match starts at 1:30 PM IST. Toss is at 1 PM IST.
- Host broadcasters STAR Sports will show live action on their TV channels as well as on mobile and desktops. All you have to do is go to: http://www.hotstar.com/sports/cricket
- Live TV will be available on STAR Sports 1 and STAR Sports 1 HD. Hindi version will be available on STAR Sports 4. Coverage on TV starts at 12:30 PM IST.
- Live action can also be seen in UK. For live streaming, go to http://www.skysports.com/watch/sky-sports-2. For Live TV , go to SKY Sports 2.
- For viewers in the US, go to Willow TV for live TV and live streaming.