Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni added 256 runs for 4th wicket © AFP
Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni added 256 runs for 4th wicket © AFP

After England opted to bowl, India were reeling at 25 for 3 after Chris Woakes struck thrice in the span of 10 balls. The situation looked bleak, but Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni walked out and steadied the ship before unleashing a massive onslaught. Yuvraj smashed 150 in 127 balls and Dhoni 134 in 122. The fourth-wicket partnership amounted to 256, breaking all sorts of records in the process; Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with cameos, taking India to an imposing 381 for 7 in the end. Woakes was the only England bowler to put up some resistance, with figures of 10-3-60-4. Here are some statistical highlights from India’s innings:

As mentioned above, Woakes took all the first 3 wickets of India and became the first English player to do the same against India in India. The last visiting player to claim the first three wickets of India in India was Seekkuge Prasanna, in November 2014 at Ahmedabad. Across anywhere in the globe, John Hastings was the last to do this against India, at Sydney in January 2016, For England the last was Steven Finn, who did this in January 2015 at Brisbane.

This was Eoin Morgan’s 50th ODI as captain. He became the 6th English player to lead England in 50 ODIs, after Alastair Cook (69), Andrew Strauss (62), Michael Vaughan (60), Nasser Hussain (56) and Graham Gooch (50).

With a four to Jake Ball in the 14th over, Dhoni completed his 4,000 ODI runs in India. He became the 2nd batsman to do so after Sachin Tendulkar (6,979).

Yuvraj’s score of 150 is his best in ODIs. It is also the highest score by an Indian against England and the 7th-best by anyone against them, after Viv Richards (189* in 1984), Martin Guptill (189* in 2013), Shane Watson (161* in 2010-10), Sanath Jayasuriya (152 in 2006) and Hashim Amla (150 in 2012).

Yuvraj also became the 2nd Indian to score 150 at No. 4, after Mohammad Azharuddin (153* vs Zimbabwe in 1997-98).

Yuvraj scored his 14th hundred, 7th at home and 4th against England. This was also his 13th hundred while batting at No. 4 or lower positions in ODIs — the joint-second most by any batsman. AB de Villiers has 20 and Ross Taylor, 14.

With a six off Ben Stokes, Yuvraj touched the landmark of 150 sixes in ODIs. He hit a total of 3, which took his tally to 152 — the 4th-most by an Indian after Dhoni (203), Tendulkar (195) and Sourav Ganguly (190). Overall, this is the 11th-most by any player.

Full cricket scorecard: India vs England, 2nd ODI

The partnership of 256 runs between Yuvraj and Dhoni is the 2nd-highest for any wicket against England, after Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga’s 286 in 2006 for the 1st wicket. This was also the 5th-highest partnership by an Indian pair for any wicket.

Players

R

Wicket

Against

Season

Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar

331

2

New Zealand

1999-00

Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly

318

2

Sri Lanka

1999

Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja

275*

4

Zimbabwe

1997-98

Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar

258

1

Kenya

2001-02

Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni

256

4

England

2016-17

With this partnership, Yuvraj and Dhoni completed 3,000 runs between them. Yuvraj and Dhoni became 7th Indian pair to score 3,000 ODI runs. The duo also went past the 1,400-run mark between them for the fourth wicket, the most for any Indian pair and 5th overall.

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This is also the first instance of Dhoni and Yuvraj both scoring hundreds in the same match. This was also the 3rd instance of two Indian batsmen scoring hundreds against England, after Virender Sehwag and Ganguly in 2002 and Kohli and Jadhav in previous match. Overall, this was the 29th instance when two Indian players scored hundred in an ODI.

During his course to 150, Yuvraj went past Tendulkar’s tally of 1,455 runs against England. Yuvraj has now 1,478 runs against England — the most by an Indian batsman and 5th-most overall after Kumar Sangakkara (1,625), Richards (1,619), Ricky Ponting (1,598) and Mahela Jayawardene (1,562).

This is the 23rd instance of India scoring above 350 in ODIs — the most by any team. India beat South Africa’s record of 22 instances of 350s in ODIs. No other team has done it even 20 times.

Dhoni scored his 10th ODI hundred — the joint-4th most by a wicketkeeper after Sangakkara (23), Adam Gilchrist (16), Quinton de Kock (11) and de Villiers (11).This was also his 71st fifty — 2nd-most by any wicketkeeper in ODIs after Sangakkara (114).

Dhoni’s century is the 1st by an Indian wicketkeeper against England. He surpassed his own record of 96. Dhoni’s 134 is also the joint 4th-highest score by a wicketkeeper against England after Andy Flower (142* in 2001-02), de Kock (138* and 135 in 2015-16) and Sangakkara (134* in 2013).

On his way to 134, Dhoni hit 6 sixes. His tally went past 200. He has now 203 sixes — the most by an Indian batsman and 4th-most overall after Shahid Afridi (351), Jayasuriya (270) and Gayle (238). Dhoni also became the 8th batsman to hit 6 sixes in an ODI after the age of 35. The others to do the same are Jayasuriya, Richards, Chris Gayle (twice each), Gordon Greenidge, Sangakkara, Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden.

Out of 203, Dhoni had hit 7 for Asia XI and his tally of 196 sixes for India; he now holds the Indian record too, going past Tendulkar’s 195.

The partnership of 256 runs between Dhoni  and Yuvraj was the 3rd 200-plus partnership at Cuttack — the most at any Indian ground and joint-6th overall.

Yuvraj has now 3,222 runs at No. 4 position — the 3rd-most by an Indian, after Azhar (4,605) and Dravid (3,301) and 12th overall.

Dhoni has now 2,460 runs at No. 5 — 2nd-most by an Indian, after Yuvraj (3,026) and 11th overall. Dhoni went past Dravid’s tally of 2,459 runs at this position.

India’s 381 for 6 is the 3rd-highest by any team against England, next to only 398 for 5 (New Zealand in 2015) and 387 for 5 (India in 2008-09).

The 42 boundaries India hit were the 4th-most in an ODI in India. The record is of 48 boundaries against West Indies at Indore in 2011-12.

India’s 381 is the highest by them after losing their first three wickets under 30. The previous best was of 301, when India had lost 3 for 26 before Azhar and Jadeja added an unbeaten 275. That was at Cuttack as well.

Despite leaking 381 runs, the England bowlers earned 4 maidens. This is the highest ODI total with 4 maidens. The previous record was by Sri Lanka, who claimed 4 maidens while conceding 338 runs.

Liam Plunkett conceded 91 runs from 10 overs but took a maiden. This is the most runs conceded by an English bowler in an ODI with earning a maiden. The previous record was held by Paul Allott (12-1-82-1 vs Sri Lanka in 1983). Overall, this was the 4th-highest tally conceded after Martin Snedden (12-1-105-2 vs England in 1983), Jason Holder (10-2-104-1 vs South Africa in 2014-15) and Dawlat Zadran (10-1-101-2 vs Australia in 2014-15).

The 91 conceded by Plunkett are also the joint 2nd-most runs conceded by an English bowler after Steve Harmison (97 vs Sri Lanka in 2006) and at par with James Anderson (91 vs Australia in 2010-11).

Woakes had figures of 10-3-60-4. These are the second-most runs conceded by an English bowler with 3 maidens in an innings. Anderson had conceded 78 against West Indies from 10 overs in 2007, taking 3 maidens.