Jan 20, 2017Yuvraj Singh scores first century since 2011 World Cup.
The landmark came on Thursday at Cuttack's Barabati Stadium, with Yuvraj stroking his way to a superb hundred in the company of old partner MS Dhoni, with whom he has scored close to 3000 runs in ODIs while forging a very successful middle-order pairing. The 35-year-old last scored an ODI century during the World Cup nearly six years ago, on March 20, 2011 against West Indies in Chennai. Between that innings and the start of today's game, Yuvraj scored 371 runs in 20 innings at an average of 21.82 with three fifties and a best of 61 versus England in January 2013. He was dropped for the tour of New Zealand in January 2014 after a lean run in which his timing against fast bowling had been a notable feature of his struggles. In his second innings on comeback - he made 15 from 12 balls on Sunday in Pune - Yuvraj led the way in reviving India's innings from the loss of three wickets inside the first five overs of the second ODI. He walked to crease in the fifth over after Chris Woakes bowled Shikhar Dhawan as his third wicket, and set about with a fluid recovery act. He hit his ninth ball faced for four, a trademark whip off the hips that flew over square leg, and three deliveries later pulled out the short-arm pull for another boundary. That Jake Ball over ended with a third four, as Yuvraj flicked with elegance and placement. This brand of boundary-hitting - easy on the eye and powerful - had been the hallmark of Yuvraj's batting in years past especially when he was a vital cog in the middle order. It all came back today, as the left-hander tucked into England's bowling and dominated the partnership with Dhoni. Of his first 27 runs, 24 came in six boundaries. He got to his first fifty in 1149 days (he made 55 versus West Indies on November 27, 2013) in 56 deliveries, and then cracked his first six, an effortless drive over long-off off Ben Stokes. The century came off his 98th delivery faced and was met with raucous applaud from the Cuttack crowd. source:TOI