Virat Kohli doffs his hat to Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni
Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni put up a 256-run stand as India scored 381 runs and went on to beat England by 15 runs to win the 3-match ODI series.
India were struggling at 222 in the third over -with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli back in the pavilion -when Yuvraj strode out. The situation looked grim, more so after Dhawan too fell.
But then, Yuvraj and Dhoni had other plans. Looking compact, Yuvraj was restrained initially before gradually unfurling his full array of strokes.
The trademark flicks and short-arm pulls soon started to cause headache in the English ranks. At the other end, Dhoni played his usual percentage cricket, building up slowly for the acceleration in the end. The duo, who have engineered many Indian victories, also ran the singles hard. Yuvraj in full flight is a spectacle to savour and Dhoni seemed happy to play second fiddle.
It is the first time their partnership has added over 50 runs since the 2011 world cup Final.
The 200-run partnership was brought up in the 37th over. It wasn't a long wait for Dhoni as he brought up his 10th ODI ton, pulling Plunkett to deep square leg for a single.
It was pure carnage for the England bowlers thereafter as Yuvraj and Dhoni kept blasting everything in sight.
After Yuvraj fell, Dhoni in Kedar Jad hav's company pulled out all the stops before finally ending his marathon innings at 134. Ravindra Jadeja appeared ordinary, forcing Kohli once again to fall back on his most trusted lieutenant, R Ashwin.This time, Ashwin did not disappoint.Coming from over the wicket for the first time in the series, Ashwin tossed one outside the off-stump, enticing Root to hit over the top. The Yorkshireman fell for the bait as his mistimed slog sweep opened the floodgates for India.