Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yuvraj and Dhoni Step Up after Kohli Early Exit

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yuvraj and Dhoni Step Up after Kohli Early Exit

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Byline: Tim Wigmore in Cuttack

ALL winter long, England have toiled to dismiss Virat Kohli for single figures. Here they finally managed it, Chris Woakes enticing him to drive at a wide, swinging delivery neatly snaffled by Ben Stokes at second slip.

Yet, a few hours later England, briefly euphoric when Woakes reduced India to 25 for three, left the field looking utterly drained. Unbelievably, India had recovered to 381 for seven, powered by magnificent centuries from MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, both 35 years old but with their swagger undimmed.

Singh had not scored an ODI century since 2011 and Dhoni not one since 2013, but they combined in a stand of brutality and brilliance that amounted to 256 runs in 38.2 overs.

At first Singh dominated, with his regal driving and ability to crash the ball through the covers with laconic footwork and bat swing. His hundred had a greater significance: it was the first since his treatment for cancer in 2012 and celebrated with an embrace from Dhoni, his team-mate for 12 years and captain when India won the 2011 World Cup. …

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