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Dhoni proves his critics wrong

Published: Monday, June 29, 2009, 12:27 [IST]
 
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Dhoni proves his critics wrong

Kingston: West Indies might have beat India in the second one-dayer but that doesn't take credit away from Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who played a face saving innings for India on Sunday.

Dhoni's batting was a fitting reply to critics who were baying for his blood after the early exit from recently concluded t20 world cup.

At one stage, Indians were faced with shame of being bowled out for less than 100 inside half their quota of 50 overs, but Captain Dhoni kept a cool head and forged a record 101-run partnership for the ninth wicket with RP Singh that took India out of the woods.

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India"s start was disastrous as Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma fell in quick sucession.Yuvraj sizzled briefly but it was not to be his day as he too fell for 35.

But courageous Dhoni rebuild the Indian innings patiently, mixing clever batting with the trademark gusto he is renowned for. When he finally fell in the 49th over, India had a much healthier total of 188 runs to defend.

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Dhoni"s 130 ball innings was studded with 5 fours and 2 sixes, as he agonisingly fell 5 runs short of an extremely well deserved century. He became Jerome Taylor"s third victim, clean bowled of a slower one!

He was the last man to be dismissed as India folded up for 188 runs in 48.2 overs.

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