2nd ODI India vs Australia Adelaide: Former India captain MS Dhoni again showed why he is important for team India. Dhoni was lightning quick when it came to stumping Peter Handscomb for 20 runs. Dhoni, as usual, was sharp and quick, did not even give Handscomb the slightest of change to get back as Ravindra Jadeja struck in the 28th over of the match. Jadeja looped it outside Handscomb’s off-stump and inviting a big hit, Handscomb attempts a slog-sweep and he gets carried away with the momentum through that shot. Just as he finished his bat swing, the back foot got dragged outside the line and Dhoni finished formalities with ease. A classic example of streetsmart cricket from MS.
Here is the video of the stumping:
Dhoni contributed with the bat as well in the first ODI where he came in to bat at a stage when India was reeling at three for four in a 289 chase. The veteran took his time and scored 51 off 96 balls, it was a slow knock but was important for India to get a partnership and Rohit along with MS stitched a 136-run-stand.
Yet, Men-in-Blue lost the first contest at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) by 34 runs and the world no.2 side will be looking to regain dominance in the second match. In the do-or-die affair, India will rely heavily on the top three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli once again, as none of the lower and middle order batsmen, barring former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, clicked in Sydney.
At the time of filing the copy, Australia was 146/4 in 31 overs, with Stoinis and Marsh in the middle.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch (C), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff