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India vs England, 2nd ODI: Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni help take unbeatable 2-0 lead

Yuvraj Singh’s maiden 150 and MS Dhoni’s 134 have helped India achieve a 15-run win against England in Cuttack to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series. Relive all highlights of India vs England, 2nd ODI in Cuttack here.

cricket Updated: Jan 19, 2017 22:12 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times
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Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni’s centuries helped India pull off a close 15-run win over England in Cuttack to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series(AFP)

Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni’s centuries helped India post 381/6, the highest total in Cuttack. In response, England were boosted by Jason Roy’s 82 but Eoin Morgan’s ninth century gave the visitors hope but India held their nerve to clinch a 15-run win and taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Relive all highlights of India vs England 2nd ODI here. ( SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO )

Ravindra Jadeja bowled economically as India clinched a 15-run win to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series against England in Cuttack. (PTI)

22:09 hrs IST: That is all from us here. The final ODI begins in Kolkata on January 22. See you.

22:04 hrs IST: Yuvraj: MS Dhoni and me understand the situation very well and we have played with each other for very long to understand each other. I had a lot of belief in myself and spoke to Sanjay (Bangar) and told him that a big one was coming soon.

22:03 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 150, the highest score by an Indian batsman in ODIs versus England.

22:02 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: I though 340 was par, 380 was far fetched though they got close 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

22:00 hrs IST: Eoin Morgan: We weren’t at our best today with the ball and to bowl to Dhoni and Yuvraj with the bats these days is never easy. We showed a lot of fight, we believed we could chase 381 down. We have chased 350 down earlier.

21:54 hrs IST: Ashwin: Very important to get the feedback from MS Dhoni from behind as to what pace to bowl at. The game has changed quite a bit. You have to go for wickets.

Virat Kohli continued his unbeaten run as captain as India won the Cuttack ODI by 15 runs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series against England. (AFP)

21:42 hrs IST: Excellent stuff from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and England end up 15 runs short. India have taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series. It was a valiant chase by England and they will be gutted with the loss.

21:38 hrs IST: 20 runs needed off 4 balls, Morgan was run-out at a bad time.

21:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Eoin Morgan run-out Bumrah 102 (81), England 354/8, need 28 more to win.

Tragedy! Plunkett digs a full ball back to Bumrah, Morgan is backing up too much and Bumrah throws the stumps down at the bowler’s end to catch the England skipper short.

21:30 hrs IST: Morgan notches up his ninth ODI century. It has been a knock for the ages. Can England pull off a miracle?

21:25 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar bowls it short and Morgan finds the long leg fence, Virat is fuming and England are making a charge at the end.

21:23 hrs IST: Two boundaries from Plunkett and the match is hotting up. 46 needed off 18.

21:21 hrs IST: Comedy of errors! Massive blunder from the umpire Anil Chaudhary. Plunkett aimed to go over leg and he missed, Bumrah appeals for LBW and the umpire gives it, England review and the impact is outside off stump, however, the umpire gives it out but he immediately changes it to not out. Total confusion.

Eoin Morgan notched up a magnificent fifty to keep England in the hunt for a famous win. (BCCI)

21:18 hrs IST: Brilliant from Morgan! Slow and full ball from Bumrah and the skipper clumps it over deep mid wicket for his fifth six, sublime batting.

21:15 hrs IST: Morgan again finds the boundary, but one feels it could be too late for them. Only 24 balls remain in the match and England need 63 to win.

21:09 hrs IST: Plunkett survives an LBW first ball but he gets the outside edge and the ball goes to the third man fence. Boundaries continue to flow for England as they need 73 off 30 balls to win.

21:08 hrs IST: WICKET! Chris Woakes b Jasprit Bumrah 5 (4), England 304/7.

Slow off-cutter on off stump, Woakes goes for the swipe across the line and misses it.

21:04 hrs IST: England notch up the 300. All hopes rest on Morgan. The visitors need 82 off 36 balls.

21:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Moeen Ali b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 55 (43), England 299/6.

Slow, short ball and wide outside off, Moeen drags it back onto the stumps. India gain the advantage.

21:00 hrs IST: Change of bats for Moeen Ali. The bottom of his old bat has been chipped and he is waiting for a new one. The Kedar Jadhav over has tilted the scale in favour of England as they need 83 off 40 balls.

20:54 hrs IST: Morgan gets another boundary. The match is evenly poised now. Third ball, Moeen hangs back and slogs a full ball to wide long on where Jadeja misfields, he is having a terrible time. Next ball, Moeen slog sweeps to deep mid wicket to bring up his 4th ODI fifty. Well played.

20:52 hrs IST: A tight over from Bhuvneshwar and England need 100 off 48 balls.

20:48 hrs IST: DROPPED! Would you believe it? Jadeja has dropped the catch. Bhuvneshwar fooled Moeen with a slower ball and he mistimes the slog, Jadeja at long on cannot hold on.

Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan shared a solid stand to keep England in the hunt to chase down 381/6 versus India in Cuttack. (BCCI)

20:46 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar is into the attack. He might bowl out till the end. England still some distance away.

20:45 hrs IST: Only five runs in the 41st over bowled by Jadhav. England need 108 off 54 balls. This could be a bridge too far

20:42 hrs IST: Only three runs in Ashwin’s final over. He finishes with 10-0-65-3. England need 113 to win off 60 balls. If one has to compare with India, then England, who are 269/5, are ahead at this stage

20:40 hrs IST: Ashwin is into his last over. Can he break this partnership that has crossed 50?

Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah struggled to keep the runs down as Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali made good progress. (BCCI)

20:35 hrs IST: WHAM! Morgan is such a clean striker. Pandya bowls it too full and Morgan dispatches it over long on for his fourth six. Next ball, Pandya again errs in his line and Morgan crunches the pull to deep mid wicket, England are starting to believe.

20:33 hrs IST: Morgan scores his 32nd fifty. Classy knock from the skipper.

20:31 hrs IST: Bumrah gets to bowl the 37th over and once again, he is found wanting. Short ball on off stump, Moeen thrashes the pull shot to deep mid wicket. This partnership is keeping England in the game.

20:27 hrs IST: Bad start for Jadhav. Short ball and on leg stump, Moeen pulls it to the gap at long leg for a boundary.

20:21 hrs IST: Drinks are on the field. England face an uphill task. 84 balls and 145 runs needed. Can England do what India did at the death?

20:19 hrs IST: Moeen Ali keeps England in the game with a timely boundary off Jadhav. 15 overs remain in the game, 147 more needed to win.

20:14 hrs IST: Missed run-out! Moeen survives. The throw was good from the fielder but Dhoni could not collect it well. Rare blip.

20:12 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav is into the attack. Can he get another wicket and put England under real pressure?

20:09 hrs IST: Morgan continues his six-hitting spree. He slog sweeps Ashwin into the stands at deep mid wicket for his third six to come closer to his 50.

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets as England were facing an uphill task in the ODI in Cuttack. (BCCI)

20:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Jos Buttler st Dhoni b Ashwin 10 (9), England 205/5.

Ashwin is on song. He slides this quicker delivery down the leg side, Buttler is a long way down the crease and he is stumped.

20:02 hrs IST: Morgan is looking in good touch. He dances down the track and lofts Pandya inside out over wide long off. England’s 200 is up.

19:58 hrs IST: Morgan launches Ashwin high and into the stands at long on. England are not giving up yet.

Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes to put India on top in Cuttack versus England. (BCCI)

19:50 hrs IST: WICKET! Ben Stokes b Ashwin 1 (3), England 173/4.

The collapse is on. Flatter ball and it skids through, Stokes gets an inside edge on to the stumps.

19:44 hrs IST: WICKET! Bowled him! Cleaned him up. Jason Roy b Ravindra Jadeja 82 (73), England 170/3. Second time Ravindra Jadeja has got Jason Roy in this series. Flatter delivery and it skids on, Roy plays for the turn but misses it, stumps all over the place.

19:41 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Ashwin bowls it slightly short and Roy makes room and cuts it over Jadeja at cover for a boundary, that was a close call.

19:40 hrs IST: England are still ahead of the run-rate. If Roy and the rest of the middle order hang in, they can actually chase this down.

19:36 hrs IST: SIX! Roy is in a relentless mood. He goes for the maximum against Ashwin with a clean hit at long-off.

19:33 hrs IST: Morgan has joined Root. Though the England captain is battling poor form, his class can’t be ignored. After Root’s departure, the duo has successfully kept the scoreboard moving with good running between the wickets.

Virat Kohli celebrates with Ravichandran Ashwin as India took the vital wicket of Joe Root for 54. (BCCI)

19:24 hrs IST: WICKET!! Ashwin dismisses Root (54). The spinner’s delivery dips a bit as the England gets a top edge while going for a sweep and is caught by captain Kohli at mid-wicket. Relief for Ashwin who went wicket-less in Pune. England 128/ 2

19:20 hrs IST: Roy and Root completes seventh and 19th half-centuries respectively in Ashwin’s over. The tewo have negated Hales’ early dismissal.

19:16 hrs IST: Jadeja bowls the 19th over and he gives away just three runs. With an economy-rate of 3.80 in five overs he has been India cheapest bowler today, till now.

19:10 hrs IST: DROPPED! Bumrah fails to take a difficult catch of Roy, off Pandya’s bowling. Roy pulls a short delivery from Pandya but Bumrah, at mid-wicket, couldn’t jump perfectly as the ball races to boundary.

19:04 hrs IST: India are unable to stop the flow of runs. Roy cracks up upper cut to deep backward point and the England 100 is up. Both Roy and Root are nearing fifties as well. India have a fight on their hands.

18:56 hrs IST: WHAM! Roy is on song! He comes down the track and launches Pandya high and over deep mid wicket for a big six. England are nearing 100.

18:51 hrs IST: Roy continues to find the boundary. Short ball and he clubs the pull to deep mid wicket and the 50-run stand it also up. Problems mount for India as Roy paddles the sweep to fine leg for a boundary.

18:45 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are into the attack now. They will be hoping to stem the flow of runs.

Jasprit Bumrah got the wicket of Alex Hales but he continued to leak the runs (BCCI)

18:39 hrs IST: Root drives Bhuvneshwar on the up. England have maintained a steady run-rate, thanks mainly to Bumrah’s erratic bowling. It gets worse for India as Root pulls a short ball from Bhuvi to the deep square leg fence.

18:34 hrs IST: England bring up the team 50 thanks to a cracking shot from Root, short and wide and he flayed it past the gap at backward point for a boundary.

18:27 hrs IST: Bumrah continues to struggle as he concedes two more boundaries to Root. England have moved to 44/1

18:19 hrs IST: Poor ball from Bumrah. Short and wide outside off and Joe Root cracks the cut to deep point for a boundary.

Jasprit Bumrah got the wicket of Alex Hales cheaply as India got off to a great start. (AFP)

18:17 hrs IST: WICKET! And he proves me wrong. Good length ball outside off and it zips off the deck, a bit of extra bounce and Hales edges it, Dhoni does the rest. Alex Hales c MS Dhoni b Jasprit Bumrah 14 (12), England 28/1 in 3.5 overs.

18:13 hrs IST: Bumrah is struggling with his line and length. He is not getting the right areas.

18:06 hrs IST: Superb ball from Bumrah but he oversteps. In the free-hit, he slants in the yorker and Roy slips but it goes to the boundary. No luck for him.

18:04 hrs IST: Poor start for Bumrah. He bowls it short and wide outside off and Jason Roy carves it past backward point for a boundary, gets going in style.

18:02 hrs IST: Superb start from Bhuvneshwar. Gets swing and lands it in the right areas to bowl a maiden first up.

17:57 hrs IST: Welcome back for the chase. Will England, the new England who have revolutionised the way they bat after 2015 World Cup, pull off the incredible? Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling.

17:37 hrs IST: There were some questions raised about Yuvraj’s ability as he made a comeback after three years to the ODI team. However, his record against England is one prime reason for his selection. Have a read during this break on Yuvraj’s comeback.

Yuvraj Singh notched up his highest individual score in ODIs as India slammed 381/6, a record score in Cuttack (BCCI)

17:35 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh: Probably, one of my best innings. The last time I got a hundred was the 2011 World Cup. I have been hitting the ball well in the whole domestic season.

17:32 hrs IST: That ends the innings. India have finished on 381/6, an imposing score and one feels that it will be too tall a task for England to chase it down, especially with the Indian spinners expected to get more purchase from this wicket.

17:29 hrs IST: Jadeja, the rockstar is now hurting England. A four and a six and India have crossed 380.

17:23 hrs IST: Jake Ball is clutching his wrist as Pandya blasts a straight drive back at him. He is in pain. Not looking good for England.

17:22 hrs IST: Pandya slams a full ball to long off for a boundary and India have notched up the highest total in Cuttack, going past the 363/5 against Sri Lanka in 2014. Who would have thought after being reduced to 22/3?

Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni’s centuries helped India post the highest ODI total in Cuttack in the game against England. (BCCI)

17:21 hrs IST: WICKET! The entertainment is over. Dhoni whips a full ball from Plunkett and he finds Willey at deep square leg, ends a fantastic knock from Dhoni. Take a bow, champion! MS Dhoni c Willey b Plunkett 134 (122), India 358/6 in 48 overs.

17:16 hrs IST: SLAM! Another one and India have crossed 350 for the second consecutive time. Another world record in the process. Dhoni is getting some more treatment for that troublesome elbow. India will be hoping it is nothing serious.

17:12 hrs IST: INTO ORBIT! What a shot! Plunkett misses his length and Dhoni has put that into the top tier. 84 meter six. Plunkett followed him but it made no difference. India are nearing 350.

17:09 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya has started off in blazing fashion. He wallops a boundary through cover and a six to deep mid wicket . However, a moment of tension here. The ball threw the ball enthusiastically to Stokes who does not watch it and gets hit on the face. No hard feelings but England are getting hurt.

17:06 hrs IST: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav perishes in quick runs. Full ball from Plunkett and Jadhav mistimes the slog, Ball takes a low catch at mid wicket. Kedar Jadhav c Ball b Plunkett 22 (10), India 323/5 in 46 overs.

17:04 hrs IST: India are looking good to post in excess of 350 for the second consecutive ODI. With Dhoni in there and with Jadhav in great touch, it is possible.

17:00 hrs IST: BOOM! The power of Dhoni. Once again in the slot and he blasts it down the ground. India notch up 300 and Kedar stamps his advantage by slamming a four over deep mid wicket.

MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh shared a 256-run stand against England for the fourth wicket to help the team go past 300. (BCCI)

16:57 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav gets going in style. Short ball and he ramps it to third man. Another stat in this plethora of one. MS Dhoni has gone past 4000 runs in ODIs at home. Brilliant.

16:54 hrs IST: Plunkett oversteps and Dhoni capitalises on the free-hit. In fact, he looked to slog it to Bhubaneshwar but the ball goes off the stumps and to the third man fence.

16:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Yuvraj goes and that ends a magnificent knock. Full and angled across outside off, Yuvraj attempts the cover drive but edges it to Buttler. Cuttack are on their feet and giving a standing ovation to Yuvraj. What a knock. Welcome back, Yuvi. Yuvraj Singh c Buttler b Woakes 150 (127), India 281/4 after 43 overs.

16:48 hrs IST: Excellent! Brilliant! Mind-boggling! Dhoni pulls Woakes to deep square leg to bring up his 10th century and 1st against England. What an exhibition.

MS Dhoni of India plays a shot during the second One Day International match between India and England held at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on the 19th January 2017. Photo by: Deepak Malik/ BCCI/ SPORTZPICS

16:47 hrs IST: HOLY CHRIST! He has smoked that. Full ball and in the slot outside off, Dhoni sizes it up and launches it into the Cuttack skyline, hits the second tier. 100-meter six. To think, the previous ball was also a six but it had hit Spider cam and thus was a dead ball

16:44 hrs IST: Yuvraj drills Stokes down the ground to notch up his maiden 150. Superb, outstanding, sublime and divine. He is on course to break more records. He is the first Indian batsman to hit a 150 in ODIs versus England.

16:40 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh’s century, his first in ODIs after five years, has received plenty of praise, including from a certain Kevin Pietersen, who has gone from Pie-chucker to ultimate Yuvi cricket fan

16:38 hrs IST: England appeal for a caught-behind against Yuvraj and umpire Anil Chaudhary gives it out. Yuvraj reviews. Bump ball! Will bat on. England’s pain continues.

16:36 hrs IST: Poor start for Woakes in the powerplay. Short ball and on leg stump, Dhoni swivels and pulls it to fine leg for a boundary.

16:34 hrs IST: India are 261/3 after 40 overs. Stage set for carnage central. Yuvraj and Dhoni in particular are the masters of the death. England will feel that this is their worst nightmare.

Yuvraj Singh notched up his highest individual score as India tore apart England’s bowlers in Cuttack. (BCCI)

16:30 hrs IST: WALLOP! This is batting at his best. Full ball and on off stump, Yuvraj swings through the line to loft it over long on. This is his highest individual score in ODIs, beating the 139 against Australia in Sydney in 2004.

16:28 hrs IST: Another poor ball from Stokes and Yuvraj makes him pay. Full and on the pads, the left-hander flicks it to fine leg, comes closer to overhauling his highest individual score in ODIs.

16:24 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh has now surpassed Sachin Tendulkar by blasting a six off Woakes over long on. He is now the leading run-getter in ODIs by an Indian batsman against England. Tendulkar had 1455 runs in 37 games while Yuvraj is now on top of the mountain.

16:21 hrs IST: Over in Perth, Australia have thumped Pakistan by seven wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Smith the star with an unbeaten century.

16:20 hrs IST: Runs are flowing like the Mahanadi river here. Another short ball from Ball and Yuvraj thrashes it to deep mid wicket. Next ball, he wallops a full ball to wide long off. Running out of adjectives to describe this performance.

16:18 hrs IST: The 200-run partnership is up between Dhoni and Yuvraj. Records being broken left, right and centre in Cuttack. England are wilting away and they cannot seem to stop them.

Yuvraj Singh slammed his first ODI century after five years in the Cuttack ODI against England. (BCCI)

16:16 hrs IST: CRUNCH! What a shot. Dhoni dances down the track and Woakes shortens the length, Dhoni adjusts and whiplashes the pull shot to long on, gets a bit of a top edge but enough to cross over the ropes, reminds me of a similar shot Kevin Pietersen played against Jason Gillespie at the Oval in 2005.

16:12 hrs IST: The Indian physio has come out to treat MS Dhoni. It seems like he is having a side strain. But, he seems to be alright.

16:10 hrs IST: This is carnage in Cuttack. Ball is bowling short and outside off but it does not matter as Yuvraj crunches two big pull shots to deep mid wicket. The base is set perfectly for the onslaught.

Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni shared a record partnership for the fourth wicket to propel India towards a massive total against England in Cuttack. (BCCI)

16:08 hrs IST: The fourth-wicket partnership between Dhoni and Yuvraj is now the best against England in ODIs for this particular wicket. The previous best was by Amla and de Villiers, which was 172 in 2012.

16:04 hrs IST: While Yuvraj has got his century, over in Perth, Steve Smith has notched up his eighth ODI century. Australia are closing in on a 2-1 series win.

16:00 hrs IST: This is Yuvraj’s first ODI in nearly five years. He had last scored a century in the 2011 World Cup. Team: West Indies. Venue: Chennai.

15:57 hrs IST: Standing ovation! Brilliant from Yuvraj. Take a bow, champion. What a comeback. He tucks this short ball to square leg to bring up his 14th century and fourth against England. Cuttack erupts into joy.

15:55 hrs IST: Awesome! Yuvraj launches Plunkett inside out over extra cover for a boundary. On to 99 is Yuvraj.

15:51 hrs IST: Yuvraj continues to motor on. Short and wide delivery from Stokes and Yuvraj crashes the square cut to the deep backward point fence, majestic stuff. Some balls later, more brilliance. Stokes angles a full ball on off stump and Yuvraj blasts it down the ground for another boundary. Into the 90s.

MS Dhoni notched up his 62nd ODI fifty and his partnership with Dhoni boosted India. (BCCI)

15:49 hrs IST: Over in Perth, Australia are motoring towards a victory. Both Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb are nearing tons. Australia need just 51 in over 12 overs. Smith has also gone past 3000 ODI runs, making him the quickest Australian to get to the mark.

15:47 hrs IST: Drinks in Cuttack. The stage is set for Dhoni and Yuvraj to explode in the final overs. England, be worried! Be very worried indeed!

15:41 hrs IST: Now, he is rubbing salt into England’s wounds. Full ball and on the pads, Dhoni clips it to the long leg boundary. India 170/3 in the 31st over and looking good for a big score.

15:38 hrs IST: Edged but safe! What a way to get to his 62nd ODI fifty. Full and wide delivery outside off, Dhoni chases after it and the edge flies past Jos Buttler who cannot get to it, both Yuvraj and Dhoni are putting on a show in Barabati.

15:33 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Dhoni attempts the flick to mid wicket but gets a massive leading edge to wide long on, Jake Ball runs back but he is unable to catch it, what is worse it goes to the boundary. Can’t call it a drop, it was a really tough steepling chance.

MS Dhoni neared fifty while Yuvraj Singh neared a century as India aimed at a big total. (BCCI)

15:30 hrs IST: The Helicopter has landed in Cuttack. Brilliant! Moeen bowls it quicker and on leg stump, Dhoni skips down the track and whippily lofts it over wide long on for a big six. India 151/3 after 28 overs.

15:25 hrs IST: Yuvraj in the 80s. He latches on to the short length from Willey and short-arm pulls it past mid wicket, the timing is glorious.

15:22 hrs IST: Fifty on Test debut, now fifty in ODI debut. Peter Handscomb, what a player. Australia on top against Pakistan in Perth. Live updates here.

15:19 hrs IST: Now, Dhoni is joining the fun. Both are hurting England immensely. Slightly full from Willey and Dhoni presents the full face of the bat to ease it down the ground for a boundary. That is also the 100-run partnership.

Yuvraj Singh neared a magnificent ton as the partnership with MS Dhoni boosted India towards a big score. (BCCI)

15:16 hrs IST: Yuvraj is putting on an exhibition here. Too straight from Willey and Yuvraj flicks it wide of mid on for another boundary. The partnership is looking ominous.

15:10 hrs IST: SHOT! This is the Yuvraj which took Champions Trophy 2000 by storm. Short ball from Stokes and Yuvraj swivels to pull it to the deep backward square leg fence. He is in the mood today.

Yuvraj Singh notched up his 52nd fifty and eighth against England as India made good progress. (BCCI)

15:08 hrs IST: BOOM! Vintage Yuvraj. That is a treat to watch and write. Full ball but in the slot outside off, Yuvraj pounces on the length and lofts it over wide long off for the first six off the game.

15:06 hrs IST: BAM! Moeen’s fingers just survives. Flighted delivery, Dhoni uses his feet and blasts it past the bowler for another boundary. Had Moeen tried getting a hand to it, his fingers would have been broken, Dhoni hit it so hard.

15:05 hrs IST: Yuvraj is going to capitalise here. Full and flat ball from Moeen but on leg stump, the left hander uses the pace and sweeps it to fine leg.

15:04 hrs IST: Over in Perth, Australia are in firm control as skipper Steven Smith notches up a fifty. The hosts are 129/2 in response to Pakistan’s 263/7.

15:02 hrs IST: Yuvraj chops a back of a length ball to deep backward point to notch up his 52nd ODI fifty and eighth against England. He really loves playing against them.

MS Dhoni gave Yuvraj Singh great company as India staged a revival after losing three quick wickets. (BCCI)

14:56 hrs IST: Stokes is using a mixture of slow deliveries to ensure the batsman do not get their timing right. He is also employing a lot of cross-seamed deliveries. Yuvraj is playing them well though.

14:52 hrs IST: Moeen Ali is into the attack and Yuvraj is calmly moving towards a fifty. Dhoni will be aiming to go after the spinner and turn the momentum towards India.

14:48 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Yuvraj. Full ball angled in from round the wicket from Stokes and Yuvraj presents the full face of the bat to punch it down to the long on fence for a boundary. India 81/3 in the 17th over.

14:46 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is into the attack and the Yuvraj-Dhoni stand has reached 50. India will be hoping that they carry on.

14:44 hrs IST: Drinks and India will be slightly happy with this partnership between MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. England are aware that this side bats pretty deep and will be aiming for some quick wickets. Over in Perth, Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb are slowly rebuilding for Australia after the loss of two quick wickets.

14:39 hrs IST: England would have been very happy to see the back of Kohli cheaply but the Indian batting bats deep. With Yuvraj and Dhoni looking in good touch, England cannot afford to relax.

MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh’s solid partnership revived India after they lost three quick wickets. (BCCI)

14:37 hrs IST: Dhoni is now matching Yuvraj stroke to stroke. He uses the pace from Plunkett and guides a shortish delivery to the third man fence. The partnership is nearing fifty

14:33 hrs IST: Jake Ball continues to leak runs. Short ball but wide outside off, this time Dhoni frees his arms and crunches the cut over backward point for a boundary. India 62/3 in the 14th over.

14:31 hrs IST: Plunkett bounces back well after conceding 12 runs in the first over. He bowls a maiden second over. England will be aiming to build more dot balls.

14:27 hrs IST: MS Dhoni is cleverly rotating the singles and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking. Yuvraj is finding the fence on a regular basis. Looks like the glory partnership of old is going to give the fans in Cuttack plenty of cheer.

14:22 hrs IST: Brilliant Yuvraj! Liam Plunkett bowls it too full outside off and Yuvraj bends the back knee to cream the drive to the deep cover fence. It gets even better next ball as he drills a full ball past mid off for another boundary. Today looks like it will be Yuvraj’s day.

14:19 hrs IST: Ball persists with the short pitched barrage but again it is on leg stump, Yuvraj is slightly beaten for pace but he adjusts and pulls it to the fine leg boundary. India are 43/3 after 10 overs.

Yuvraj Singh started well with three boundaries off Jake Ball as India looked to attack against England. (BCCI)

14:16 hrs IST: Chris Woakes’ spell: 5-3-14-3. Brilliant. He is only the second bowler since Shane Bond in 2005 to take three wickets in the first five overs of an innings versus India. Bond achieved it in Bulawayo when he took 6/19.

14:11 hrs IST: Ball’s been dispatched to all parts in Cuttack. Jake Ball that is. Again he strays onto the leg side and Yuvraj whips it to the deep square leg fence. Three boundaries in the over and India are 39/3 after eight overs.

14:09 hrs IST: Another great shot from Yuvi. Awesome batting this. Short ball on off stump, Yuvraj latches on to it and thwacks the pull once again to the deep mid wicket fence.

14:08 hrs IST: WHAM! That should ease the nerves a bit. Not a good start for Jake Ball. Length ball but on the pads, Yuvraj Singh hops ala Brian Lara and flicks it to the deep mid wicket fence for a glorious boundary.

Chris Woakes snapped up the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for 11 as India got off to a poor start in Cuttack. (BCCI)

14:03 hrs IST: While India have gotten off to a bad start, in Perth, Australia have also lost two quick wickets against Pakistan. You can catch live action here.

13:56 hrs IST: WICKET! Chris Woakes, you star! Shikhar Dhawan’s miserable time continues.

Woakes angles this full length ball across and Dhawan tries to force it to the off side with an angled bat, he ends up dragging it back onto the stumps. Shikhar Dhawan b Woakes 11 (15), India 25/3 in 4.4 overs

13:52 hrs IST: Dropped! That was a difficult chance. Woakes again bowls it full and lures Dhawan into the drive, the batsman drills it back at the bowler who is on his followthrough and he cannot latch on to it.

Chris Woakes put England on top as he got the massive wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to wreck the Indian top order. ( BCCI)

13:48 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive! Kohli fails! England are overjoyed.

Very full delivery from Woakes and it shapes away, Kohli plays at it but thinks about backing out of the shot, in the end, he does neither and stabs at it, the edge flies to second slip where Stokes takes the catch. Kohli knew he had erred in judgment and his head was already bowed in disappointment. Virat Kohli c Stokes b Woakes 8 (5), India 22/2 in 3 overs.

13:45 hrs IST: And again! This is an exhibition already. Woakes bowls it too full again and Kohli drills the drive past mid off for another boundary.

13:44 hrs IST: Sublime! It just takes one ball for Virat Kohli to get going. Full ball from Woakes and Kohli presents the full face of the bat to drive the delivery straight down the ground to long off for a boundary.

Chris Woakes gave England a great start as he removed KL Rahul cheaply. (BCCI)

13:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Chris Woakes and Rahul falls cheaply again.

Good length ball angled in on middle stump and it holds its line, Rahul has to play at it and the edge is taken low by Ben Stokes at second slip. KL Rahul c Stokes b Woakes 5 (5), India 14/1 in 2.1 overs

13:37 hrs IST: Dhawan gets going in style as well. Bit of away swing for Willey, but the ball is too full and Dhawan laces the drive to the deep extra cover boundary. More brilliance from Dhawan as he clobbers another full ball to the deep cover fence.

13:36 hrs IST: David Willey will open the bowling from the other end. He was really impressive in Pune, bowled with pace and got wickets at key times.

13:35 hrs IST: Good first over from India. Both Dhawan and Rahul looking busy. India 6/0.

13:31 hrs IST: BANG! What a start to the Cuttack ODI. Chris Woakes bowls a full ball that shapes away outside off, KL Rahul leans into the drive and creams it to the deep extra cover fence. India off to a great start.

13:28 hrs IST: The national anthem of India and the national song of England, “God save the Queen” is done. Time for action. Will India pile on the runs or will the top order fire today?

13:24 hrs IST: The Cuttack venue will be a good chance for Shikhar Dhawan to redeem himself. The left-hander scored 113 in the previous ODI against Sri Lanka in 2014 at this venue and shared a 231-run opening stand with Ajinkya Rahane.

13:21 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Australia have made a good start in pursuit of Pakistan’s 263/7 at Perth. They have raced to 26/0. Catch live updates of the WACA ODI here

13:14 hrs IST: India will be feeling reassured in Fortress Cuttack. They have lost only four matches in 35 years, and they have not lost an ODI since the last 14 years.

Virat Kohli was inserted in to bat as India look to seal the series against England in Cuttack. (BCCI)

13:05 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jake Ball, David Willey

13:02 hrs IST: England have won the toss and will bowl first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has replaced Umesh Yadav in the Indian team while Liam Plunkett comes in place of Adil Rashid.

12:54 pm IST: India have won 11 and lost four in 15 one day internationals at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. That’s a great record to have.

12:50 pm IST: Toss in 10 minutes. Will the playing conditions weigh on the minds of the Indian cricket team? Probably, chasing will be a better option.

For Virat Kohli, 2016 was a golden year both in his captaincy and in his batting. In 2017, nothing has changed. Kohli still continues to make runs for fun and he has started his tenure as full-time captain across all formats with a bang.

His exploits in the Pune ODI in which he slammed 122 was his 15th century in a successful chase which took him past Sachin Tendulkar.

The game witnessed the rise of another superstar in Kedar Jadhav, who smashed a century off just 65 balls. His awesome 200-run partnership with Kohli helped India chase down 350 for the third time.

The result in Pune would have severely deflated England, who do not know what is a winning total. Their task will not get any easier in Cuttack, where India have not lost an ODI since 2003.

A loss in Cuttack will prolong England’s agony in bilateral series in India, where they have not won since 1984. The batting fired on all cylinders but their bowlers were found wanting. Heading into the match, India are strong favourites to clinch the series and ensure Kohli remains undefeated as a skipper.