Yuvraj continues to haunt England

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Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh follows up his century in Rajkot with 118 from 122 deliveries at Indore

Yuvraj Singh was England's nemesis once again, with both bat and ball, as he led India to a 54-run victory in the second one-day international.

He became the fifth India batsman to score back-to-back ODI hundreds and then took 4-28 with his left-arm spin to seal the advantage.

The 26-year-old followed up his 138 on Friday with 118 off 122 balls in Indore, to steer his side to 292 for nine at the end of their 50 overs.

Yuvraj was eventually out when he edged Stuart Broad behind to wicketkeeper Prior, to give the seamer figures of 4-55 off his 10 overs.

England fell short of their target, managing just 238, despite half-century partnerships between Owais Shah and Matt Prior, and Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen, as India took a 2-0 series lead.

Broad had earlier taken three quick wickets, before Yuvraj and Gautam Gambhir combined in a fourth-wicket partnership of 134 to swing the pendulum back in India's favour.

The duo steadied the home side's innings, which had been in trouble at 29 for three, and gave Yuvraj the platform to continue his love affair with the England bowlers.

Virender Sehwag was the first man to go when he played down the wrong line to a Broad delivery that nipped back and cannoned into his stumps via an inside edge.

Suresh Raina came in and hit the last ball of Broad's over for a sumptuous drive through the covers.

The first ball of Broad's next over also went for four, bringing up 1,000 runs in the calendar year for Gambhir - a tally which was later equalled by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Owais Shah

Owais Shah sweeps en route to 58 as he and opener Matt Prior added 96 for the second wicket

The paceman got his revenge moments later when a slower ball accounted for Raina who chipped it into the air for Samit Patel to take the catch at square-leg.

Broad claimed his third when he banged the ball into the pitch, which resembled a crumbly stilton, and surprised Rohit Sharma into attempting a pull shot, which was easily caught by Shah.

Yuvraj signalled his intent immediately by lifting a Flintoff free hit for six into the crowd on the leg-side.

Gambhir and Yuvraj continued to accelerate, with the latter in particular showing his current good form, hitting Paul Collingwood for his second six.

The left-hander also made use of his trademark pick-up shot, with leg cocked, to take a further boundary off Collingwood.

Gambhir then flicked Collingwood off his legs to bring up his 16th one-day international half-century, with Yuvraj not far behind him.

A brilliant shot for four through midwicket off Steve Harmison took Yuvraj to the milestone, and he achieved 1,000 ODI runs against England with a disdainful pull for four through midwicket off the returning Broad.

Pietersen brought himself on in an effort to make a breakthrough, but saw his third ball hit for six by Gambhir.

However, the England captain got his man three balls later when Gambhir attempted to turn him into the leg-side and edged the ball on to his stumps for 70.

Dhoni was bowled by Collingwood with the ball after Yuvraj reached his hundred, and Harbhajan Singh was run-out by a direct hit from Pietersen.

A second run-out saw the end of Zaheer Khan - Patel the architect this time – before Harmison came on for the last over and struck with his first ball to bowl RP Singh.

Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad appeals for lbw during India's innings when he picked up 4-55 from 10 overs

But he came in for some clatter from Yusuf Pathan who hit him for 17 runs off the last four deliveries and celebrated his birthday by reaching his maiden half-century off 29 balls.

Things went from bad to worse for England when Ian Bell was run-out by Raina with the last ball of the opening over of their response.

Streaky edges past the wicketkeeper for much-needed boundaries brought up both England's fifty and hundred as Shah and Prior fought back, despite them both suffering from cramp.

Shah brought up his half-century with the first six of the innings, which he hit back over bowler Yuvraj's head.

It was a quicker delivery from Yuvraj which finally did for the batsman, trapping him lbw for 58, and a similar ball got rid of Prior who was bowled for 38.

Yuvraj had a shout for caught behind off Flintoff turned down, and the all-rounder made the most of his reprieve, taking three sixes off Harbhajan in the first over of the third powerplay as he and Pietersen rebuilt with a partnership of 74 at better than a run-a-ball.

However, Yuvraj could do no wrong and claimed his third wicket when he got the Lancastrian lbw for 43 with the second ball of his second spell, and followed it up by bowling Pietersen for 33 three balls later.

Collingwood followed him back to the pavilion, caught and bowled by Harbhajan, and Ravi Bopara became Pathan's first victim shortly afterwards, caught by Raina at short midwicket.

Patel and Broad provided resistance with some lusty late-order hitting to maintain England's outside chance of victory.

However, Sehwag got in on the action, claiming Patel thanks to a juggling catch from Gambhir, having Harmison stumped by Dhoni and then bowling Broad to finish the match with three overs remaining.

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