Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is considered among the best cricket finishers in the world. He adapts his batting style according to the situation. Be it in Tests by batting slowly at the start and sustaining the last few moments to win the team or in limited overs cricket by contributing more runs in fewer balls. He is an expert in all these.
But, it has happened many times in Dhoni’s cricket career that he managed to maintain his rhythm and stay in the match till the end. However, he failed to end well. The main reason for this is the bowlers of the opposing team. So let’s know some of the bowlers who bowled Dhoni in the last over of the match.
India vs England (Birmingham, 3 September 2014) –
In the year 2014, only one T20 match was played between the two teams during the Indian team’s tour of England. Batting first this time, England scored 180 for 8 in 20 overs. Chasing the challenge given by England, Virat Kohli’s third wicket fell on 131 runs. Then, MS Dhoni came out to bat.
At that time, Dhoni started scoring slowly. It was clear that Dhoni would stay in the match till the end and it did. In the last over, India needed 17 runs to win but India scored only 13 runs. Dhoni also scored 1 six, 1 four and 2 runs in the last over. But, India was defeated by 3 runs due to bowling by Chris Woakes.
Rising Pune Supergiants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Visakhapatnam, 10 May 2016) –
The 40th match of IPL was played between Rising Pune Supergiants and Sunrisers Hyderabad on 10 May 2016 in the 9th season of IPL. Batting first, Hyderabad challenged Pune by 138 runs.
But, with Dhoni in the opposite team, everyone thought that Pune would win easily. But the bowlers of Hyderabad bowled in such a way that Dhoni, who came in to bat at number 6, could only score 30 runs.
Ashish Nehra, who bowled the last over, dismissed Thisara Perera, Dhoni and Adam Zampa on the third, fifth and sixth balls respectively. Hyderabad won that match by 4 runs.
India vs Sri Lanka (ICC T20 World Cup Final, Dhaka 6 April 2014) –
The final match of the ICC T20 World Cup was played on 6 April 2014 in Dhaka between India and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first. Therefore, India, who came out to bat first, lost 3 wickets for 119 runs in 19 overs.
Dhoni then came out to bat in the last over. Durdeva was bowled by death over specialist Lasith Malinga in the last over. Even in that, Dhoni batted himself on the first 5 balls and scored only 3 runs. In this way, the Indian team challenged Sri Lanka by 131 runs. Sri Lanka easily scored 134 runs with 13 balls to spare, winning the trophy by 6 wickets.
India vs New Zealand (Chennai, 11 September 2012) –
In the year 2012, there was a 2-match T20 series between India and New Zealand. This time, in the second and last T20 match of the series, New Zealand batted first and challenged India for 168 runs.
Virat Kohli scored 70 runs in 41 balls while chasing the challenge given by New Zealand. Dhoni, who came to bat next, was expected to score at least 7 runs in each remaining over. But, Dhoni could not even maintain that speed on the bowling of Vettori and Franklin.
In the last over, India needed 13 runs to win. Dhoni then hit a boundary on the first ball and a run on the second ball to send Yuvraj on strike. But, Franklin bowled and took him for a hat-trick on the fourth ball. Rohit Sharma, who came to bat next, could only take 2 runs and India lost the match by 1 run.
India vs South Africa (Kanpur, 11 October 2015) –
Dhoni disappointed everyone in the last over of the first ODI between India and South Africa in 2015. India had to complete the challenge of 304 runs given by South Africa.
India started the batting with batting. Rohit Sharma, who came out to bat in the opener, scored 150 runs. So, Ajinkya Rahane also contributed 60 runs. After the fall of Rohit’s wicket, the team needed to score 35 runs in 23 balls. At that time, India was 269 for 4. So, Dhoni was on 9 off 16 balls till then.
Bowlers Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada bowled well at that time. But Dhoni was taking 1-1 runs instead of hitting. India needed 10 runs in the last over. Rabada was bowling at that time. He dismissed Dhoni on the fourth ball of the over and South Africa won the match by 5 runs.
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