MS Dhoni has looked rusty behind the wickets during the Melbourne ODI. Though he dropped one off Jadhav; the India National Cricket Team gloveman affected a brilliant stumping to dismiss Shaun Marsh. In the series-decider match at the MCG, MS Dhoni’s quick hands helped India get the breakthrough. India captain, Virat Kohli brought Chahal into the attack and straightaway he gave the visitors a wicket.
The ‘Chahal-effect’ leaves Aussies worrying
India for the first time in the Australia ODIs won the toss and elected to bowl first, considering the rain. Virat Kohli surprisingly made a few changes; Rayudu, Kuldeep and Siraj were left out, Jadhav, debutant Vijay Shankar and Yuzvendra Chahal got included. Early on, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India two quick wickets in the name of Aaron Finch and Alex Carey. However, for the third time in as many games, the pair of Khawaja-Marsh got Australia back on the track.
Though they were looking settled against the spin and pace, the introduction of Yuzvendra Chahal broke their partnership. In the 24th over, Chahal’s first, he kept it wide on the leg side, and Marsh using his feet didn’t get to the pitch of the ball. As a result, it had spun a bit, and MS Dhoni didn’t take long before breaking the stumps.
However, in the first sight, it appeared Dhoni could miss the stumping, as the ball had risen off the surface too. Keeping all such thoughts to rest, MS Dhoni did not make any mistake and helped India get a breakthrough. Marsh got out on 39 off 54 balls.
Series at stake; India aim to win
The three-match ODI series stands at 1-1, and the winner would take it all at the MCG. At the SCG, in the first ODI, Australia won the clash by 34 runs despite Rohit Sharma hitting his 22nd ODI hundred. However, in the following game in Adelaide, India levelled the scores by winning the game by six wickets. For the visitors, Kohli and Dhoni starred with the bat. The India National Cricket Team skipper scored 104 runs, while, MS Dhoni collected an unbeaten 55 off his bat.
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Msd yet again ?? pic.twitter.com/wTL9yTzUIv
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