Yuvraj Singh's heroic knock of 150 laid India's foundation of victory © IANS
Yuvraj Singh’s heroic knock of 150 laid India’s foundation of victory © IANS

Nobody had expected England to turn around against India after they were blown away by the Virat Kohli-Kedar Jadhav partnership in the first ODI at Pune. However, they first put India in, and perhaps exceeded all expectations by reducing India to 25 for 3 by the fifth over. All 3 wickets had gone to Chris Woakes, and that included of Kohli. Then came the turnaround, led by Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, who brought back the previous decade to the fans. Yuvraj and Dhoni added 256 for the third wicket, and India finished with 381 for 6. Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan made sure England put up a spirited chase, but in the end England fell 15 short.

How did the Indians do? Here are the marks out of 10 for the winners.

Yuvraj Singh, 9.5: Yuvraj led India’s charge today, smashing a career-best 150 in 127 balls. He launched a furious onslaught, and was one-half of an amazing partnership that decided the match in India’s favour.

MS Dhoni, 9: Dhoni was almost as good as Yuvraj, though he loses that half point for the ‘almost’ bit. While those two dismissals will get him half a point, a missed run out will take that away.

Ravindra Jadeja, 8.5: The man no one noticed today: Jadeja first slammed an 8-ball 16. Then he clean bowled a dangerous-looking Roy. Then he went for a mere 45 from 10 overs, which was almost unbelievable in a match where the losing side scored 366. Loses half a point for dropping a catch and another sloppy effort on the field.

Ravichandran Ashwin, 8: The number may seem high for someone with figures of 10-0-65-3, but to put things into perspective, India were defending 382, and Ashwin kept a rampant Eoin Morgan quiet: Morgan could score only 23 runs off Ashwin’s 28 balls. He dismissed the dangerous trio of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 8: Just like Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar’s 10-1-63-1 were not astonishing figures, but he did a decent job in the first ten and last ten overs, keeping England quiet.

Kedar Jadhav, 6: Jadhav played some big hits during his 10-ball 22. It was one of the three lower-order cameos that made lifted India’s score from the range of 350-360 to 381. With ball, there was a 12-ball span in which he conceded 9, but he followed that with 15 from 5 balls.

Jasprit Bumrah, 4.5: Bumrah broke England’s momentum twice, dismissing Alex Hales and Woakes at crucial moments. He went for 9 an over, but the wickets were crucial. Gets half a point for running out Morgan, which decided the match.

Hardik Pandya, 3: Pandya, too, played his role in the final overs with a 9-ball 19, but was probably the worst of the Indian bowlers.

Virat Kohli, 2: Kohli had to fail at some point of time. He chose this match. He started well, and fell to a well-executed plan backed by an excellent catch. Gets half a point for bowling changes and another half point for a catch.

Shikhar Dhawan, 1.5: Hit two boundaries, and looked threatening for a few minutes before he fell to a rash shot when the chips were down. Will probably get preference over KL Rahul, but for how long?

KL Rahul, 1: Hit a boundary, but that was about it. With Ajinkya Rahane sitting out, he needs to deliver if he wants a permanent slot at the top.