Dhoni steers India home

2012-02-12 13:41
MS Dhoni (AP)

Adelaide - Indian captain MS Dhoni again proved the man for the occasion as he lifted his side to an extraordinary win over Australia in their tri-series one-day international here on Sunday.

Australia made 269-8 after winning the toss and electing to bat, but India replied with their best ever run chase at the Adelaide Oval to win with two balls to spare.

The Indians looked beaten when they needed 13 off the last over and managed just a single from the first two deliveries from paceman Clint McKay, who had been the best of the Australian bowlers.

Dhoni turned down the opportunity of a second run from the second ball of the over, wanting to be on strike.

He lived up to his confidence when he hit a massive six down the ground from the next ball to suddenly slash the target in half with three balls remaining.

Dhoni was caught on the mid-wicket boundary from the next ball, but it was called a no-ball for being a full toss above waist high, with the Indian batsmen running two and collecting a third run for the sundry.

With three balls still remaining, Dhoni flicked the next ball into the leg side for the winning three runs to cap a remarkable comeback and their best performance of a generally disastrous tour.

Dhoni, also the hero with the bat in last year's World Cup final win, had barely taken a risk until the last over as he tried to be the anchor for the late run chase, and finished with 44 not out from 58 balls.

While Dhoni got India home, opener Gautam Gambhir - recalled at the expense of champion Sachin Tendulkar - laid the foundation with 92 from 111 balls.

He was unlucky to miss a century as he looked unfortunate to be adjudged leg before wicket to McKay.

Tendulkar was rested under India's rotation policy, denying the 38-year-old another chance to score his long-awaited 100th international century.

Australia were left rueing a host of missed run out opportunities during an unusually sloppy fielding performance.

The missed run-outs included a regulation chance to remove Dhoni in the 48th over squandered by captain Michael Clarke, who appeared to be hampered by a right hamstring injury in the last 10 overs of the Indian innings.

Clarke left the field for the 43rd over and regularly clutched at his hamstring when he returned, placing him in doubt for the upcoming matches.

In the Australian innings, there were half-centuries for David Hussey (72) and debutant Peter Forrest (66).

Young Umesh Yadav was the best of the Indian bowlers, picking up two wickets at a cost of 49 runs from his 10 overs.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.