India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match One-Day International series following a 15-run win over England in Cuttack on Thursday (January 19).

MS Dhoni pipped Yuvraj Singh to finish as the highest impact player of the second ODI.

Asked to bat first, the home team was in a spot of bother at 25 for 3 (after 4.4 overs) when the former captain joined Yuvraj at the crease. The pair absorbed pressure (pressure impact) and proceeded to add 256 runs in just 38.2 overs (partnership-building impact). By the time Yuvraj was dismissed for a 127-ball 150, the platform for a big total had been laid. Dhoni scored a century of his own too (122-ball 134) and his additional glove-work (wicketkeeping impact) later on in the match gave him a higher impact. He also effected two dismissals (one catch and one stumping).

Yuvraj, meanwhile, was the highest impact batsman of the evening. This was his first high impact performance since his all-round showing against Australia in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal.

Chris Woakes was the highest impact bowler of the match, and England’s highest impact player too.

The English quick prised open India’s top order and his opening burst (where he claimed 3 for 14 in five overs) put the hosts under pressure (pressure-building impact). He returned to break the Yuvraj-Dhoni stand (partnership-breaking impact) and finished with four top/middle-order wickets (4 for 60 in ten overs). Woakes was also among the more economical bowlers in the Cuttack run-fest.

R Ashwin was the second-highest impact bowler for his pressure-building three top/middle-order scalps (3 for 65 in ten overs) and his wicket of Joe Root broke a partnership.

Both teams had four players apiece that failed in the clash. The high impact performances of Dhoni, Yuvraj and Ashwin proved to be the difference.

Scorecard

Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

MS Dhoni

100

Yuvraj Singh

88

Chris Woakes

83

R Ashwin

60

Eoin Morgan

51

Liam Plunkett

40

Jason Roy

38

Ravindra Jadeja

38

Jasprit Bumrah

32

Moeen Ali

31

Joe Root

23

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

21

Jos Buttler

16

Virat Kohli

15

Kedar Jadhav

10

David Willey

7

Alex Hales

6

Hardik Pandya

4

KL Rahul

2

Shikhar Dhawan

2

Ben Stokes

0

Jake Ball

0

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​