Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni put up a 256-run partnership © Getty Images
Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni put up a 256-run partnership © Getty Images

The crowd at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack had turned up in thousands to watch Virat Kohli in action. While that did not happen, they were treated to a different show altogether as Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni hammered England during the second ODI. England sent India to bat after winning the toss on Thursday. Chris Woakes Bowled exceptionally well, taking all 3 wickets to reduce India to 25 for 3. Dhoni and Yuvraj came to the rescue, batting patiently and gradually building a partnership. With time both scored their individual centuries and taking India to 381 for 6. Here are top five partnerships between Dhoni and Yuvraj.

Videocon Triangular Series 2005, India vs Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe had put up a decent 250 in the sixth match of the triangular series in 2005, at Harare, thanks to crucial contributions from Tatenda Taibu and Charles Coventry. India did not have a great start. Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Kaif and Rahul Dravid had departed for paltry scores, and India had no Sachin Tendulkar either. Yuvraj looked determined to get his team to victory, but he needed a partner to assist him till the end. He found Dhoni. Though Yuvraj contributed most of the runs in the 158-run partnership, Dhoni’s support was crucial for him to go for the big knock. India won the match by 4 wickets.

Full cricket scorecard: India vs England, 2nd ODI

India in Pakistan 2006, fifth ODI: India sent Pakistan to bat at Karachi. With efforts from Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan, Pakistan snowballed 286 for 8 at the end of their innings. Skipper Rahul Dravid, along with opening-partner Gambhir, had provided India with a good start. India lost their first wicket for 69, which brought Yuvraj at the crease. When Dravid left the crease for 50, all Dhoni and Yuvraj had to do was taking things forward, They did it in style, ending the match all  by themselves. They built up a 146-run partnership and chased down the target with 3.1 overs still remaining.

Commonwealth Bank Series 2008, India vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka batted first at Adelaide but lost Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya with 6 on the board. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene helped them recover to 238 for 6. India lost Tendulkar early, and kept losing wickets in regular intervals till they reduced to 99 for 4. Yuvraj and Dhoni came to the rescue again, adding 59. Had that stand not happened India would probably not have pulled off the 2-wicket victory.

Australia in India 2009, third ODI: The 7-match ODI series was levelled as the two teams locked horns at Delhi. All Ricky Ponting’s Australia could put up was 229 for 5 thanks to Mike Hussey’s 81. Neither of Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gambhir got going, leaving India at 53 for 3. It was a Dhoni-Yuvraj show afterwards as the two took the charges and added 148 to take India to victory. This was the biggest partnership between the two till today.

India in South Africa 2011, second ODI: At New Wanderers, Johannesburg, India struggled to find the right partnership right from the beginning. Murali Vijay, Tendulkar and Virat Kohli all failed before Yuvraj and Dhoni joined hands to bring some stability. They took India from 67 for 3 to 150 for 4. India were bundled for 190 but won the match by 1 run later.