Changed bat helps MS Dhoni in last over

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Published: Friday, July 12, 2013, 13:30 [IST]
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Port of Spain, July 12: MS Dhoni remains cool under pressure. The same was on view in Celkon Mobile Cup final against Sri Lanka as he took India to title in a tense last-over finish when 15 runs were needed.

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The secret of Dhoni's success in the final over of the match was changing his bat. A "heavy bat" helped the captain to blitz 6, 4 and 6 to seal victory by 1 wicket.

Changed bat helps Dhoni in last over

Just before the start of the 50th and last over of the match, Dhoni asked for a new willow. In came the substitute fielders with a set of bats. Dhoni check a couple of them and settled with a "heavy" piece of wood.

First ball of the final over from Shamida Eranga was bowled a bit wide of offside. He could not make contact. But the next three made enough contact to give him 16 runs and the trophy to India.

"I went with a heavy bat, the weight was perfect for slogging," said Dhoni after the match. He remained unbeaten on 45 and also won the Man-of-the-match award for his heroics.

India successfully chased down 202 with 1 wicket and 2 balls to spare. Ishant Sharma was the last batsman with Dhoni.

"I knew I could look forward to getting the 15 runs in the last over as Shaminda Eranga was an inexperienced bowler and my instinct worked today," Dhoni added.


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