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Numbers Game: MS Dhoni, the King of Sixes!

By Rajneesh Gupta
January 19, 2017 22:55 IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian and the fifth player overall to scale the milestone of 200 sixes in ODIs. Check out the statistical highlights from the Cuttack ODI.

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IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits a six during the second ODI in Cuttack. Photograph: BCCI

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed centuries to help India secure a series-clinching 15-run victory in the second one-day international against England in Cuttack on Thursday.

Yuvraj hammered a career-best 150 off 127 balls, while Dhoni made 134 off 122 balls, to power India to a mammoth 381 for six, courtesy of their epic 256-run partnership.

England captain Eoin Morgan blasted a blistering 102 but could not take his team over the line as India prevailed in the thrilling run-fest to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Check out the interesting numbers from the third ODI:

0 Number of Indian batsman to have scored 150 runs in an ODI against England before Yuvraj. The previous highest was an unbeaten 138 also by Yuvraj at Rajkot in 2008.

203 Number of sixes hit by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in One-Day Internationals. He is the first Indian and only the fifth player after Shahid Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum to hit 200 sixes in ODIs.

381 India's total -- the highest for any team having lost their first three wickets for 25 or less. Australia's 368 for five against Sri Lanka at Sydney in 2006 was the previous highest.

256 Runs added by Yuvraj and Dhoni for the fourth wicket -- the highest partnership for India for any wicket against England, bettering the 209 run unbroken stand between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli at Delhi in 2011. There has been only one higher stand by any side against England -- the 286-run stand between Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya for the first wicket at Leeds in 2006. Also, there has been only one higher fourth wicket partnership in all ODIs.

2132 Number of days after which Yuvraj scored an ODI hundred. He had last scored a hundred in March 2011 in a World Cup match against West Indies at Chennai. Among the Indians only Manoj Prabhakar and Mohammad Azharuddin had the longer gaps between two hundreds -- 2775 and 2671 days respectively.

1478 Runs scored by Yuvraj against England -- the most by an Indian. He went past Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 1455 runs.

28 Number of times two Indian batsmen have scored a hundred in the same ODI -- the most by any side in the game's history. South Africa are second with 22 such instances.

91 Runs conceded by Liam Plunkett in the match -- the joint-most by an England bowler against India. James Anderson had also conceded 91 at Bangalore in 2011.

240 Runs scored by Indian batsmen in the boundaries -- 42 fours and 12 sixes. They have scored more runs in boundaries in a match only twice -- 248 at Kolkata in 2014 and 244 at Rajkot in 2009 --- both times against Sri Lanka!

10 Number of times Yuvraj and Dhoni have forged a century partnership together in ODIs. Interestingly, India have never lost when this has happened!

7 Number of ODI hundreds scored by Dhoni while coming in to bat at No 5 or lower -- the joint-most by any batsman with Yuvraj.

2 Number of Indian batsmen to aggregate 4000 runs in ODIs in India. Dhoni joined Tendulkar, who boasts of 6976 runs. Dhoni's tally also includes 174 runs scored for Asia XI.

0 Number of matches Virat Kohli has lost as captain at home -- has won all seven ODIs and 10 out of 12 Tests with 2 draws.

1 England became the first team to lose two consecutive ODIs after scoring 350 in both of them!

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