India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: Former India captain MS Dhoni showed an example of his street-smartness at Auckland during the 2nd T20I which the Men in Blue won by seven wickets to level the series 1-1 and force a decider. Dhoni, as usual, showed off his finishing skills as he took India over the line as remained unbeaten on 20 off 18 balls. The 37-year-old put on his dancing shoes, came down the track, only to realise Sodhi had spotted the move and had thrown it wide of off-stump. Dhoni realised if he missed he would not be able to come back on time. He defended the ball and it was a dot ball.
Vintage Dhoni got a rousing reception at Eden Park when he walked out to bat for India during the ongoing 2nd T20I. Chasing a moderate 159, Dhoni walked into the middle at the fall of Vijay Shankar. Once the crowd saw Dhoni, they could not keep a lid over their emotions as they all stood up in synchrony to welcome ‘Thala’. It is a must-win game for India to stay afloat in the ongoing three-match series.
“Very pleased to see how we bowled, and we were quite clinical with the bat as well. We have quality in our side, but we executed our plans better today, after learning from our mistakes,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
“It’s important to understand the mistakes that we made – it’s been a long tour for everyone. So we didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on the boys, just go in there with a clear mind.” The series decider will be played at Hamilton on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a cracker of a game in the 3rd T20I, but nothing to take away from New Zealand, they’re still a quality side,” Rohit said.