MS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chases

first_imgMS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chasesIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI: MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 as India (299/4) beat Australia (298/9) by 6 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1 at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.advertisement Rohan Sen AdelaideJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 17:34 IST MS Dhoni took his tally to 4551 runs in run chases in ODI cricket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrief scores – India (299/4) beat Australia (298/9) by 6 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1With his unbeaten 55, Dhoni took his career average of 99.85 in successful run chases in ODIsThe 37-year-old was involved in a 82-run stand for the 4th wicket with Kohl, who made 104 off 112 ballsBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardMahendra Singh Dhoni rolled back the years and finished yet another game at the Adelaide Oval as India beat Australia by 6 wickets in the second ODI to level the three-match series 1-1 on Tuesday.It was captain Virat Kohli who led the chase with the bat scoring 104 off 112 balls and brought up his 39th ODI hundred but Dhoni stood there at the crease till the very end and took India over the line with just 4 balls to spare. He likes to take the match deep and he did just that and managed to win the game for the team.Dhoni, who was trolled on social media and criticised by pundits after his slow knock in the first ODI in Sydney, answered his critics with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 55 off 54 balls.India chased down the target of 299 to register the second highest successful run chase at the Adelaide Oval.The knock also saw Dhoni overtake Kohli as the batsman with the highest average in successful chases in ODIs (minimum 25 innings).Dhoni is now averaging a ‘Bradmanesque’ 99.85 while Kohli is close second with 99.04.Highest batting average in successful chases in ODIs (min.25 inns):99.85 MS Dhoni99.04 Virat Kohli#AUSvINDRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 15, 2019The 37-year-old, who was struggling for breath towards the end of his knock, smashed a six on the first ball of the last over to take India within one run of the target and took a single off the very next ball to win the game.advertisementAnd a six…MS Dhoni and a finishing six… Still better love story than Twilight..!! #Dhoni #MSD #India Maheshwari (@maheshwari93) January 15, 2019A last over thriller in Adelaide. #TeamIndia clinch the 2nd ODI by 6 wickets courtesy winning touches from @imVkohli @msdhoni & @DineshKarthik. 1-1 #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 15, 2019The six brought back memories of the 112-metre maximum he had hit against Clint McKay seven years ago in the 4th match of the tri-series at the same venue and won the match for India.Dhoni had remained unbeaten on 44 off 58 in that match which India won by 4 wickets, chasing down 270 in 49.4 overs.Legends don’t need to prove their worth to anyone. Great display of class and temperament by Mahi bhai @msdhoni and @imVkohliCongratulations on the win!#AUSvINDJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 15, 2019This time the former India skipper played even better as he managed a strike rate of over 100 with just two sixes during his knock.Dhoni was involved in a 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Kohli but once the Indian captain departed, the 333-ODI veteran took up the responsibility of finishing the game along with Dinesh Karthik, who was not out on 25.How’s this for a shot from Virat?!Stream this run chase via Kayo here: #AUSvIND (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019The duo were involved in a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket which took India over the line.”MS was tired as well, fielding for 50 overs and batting as well, it was tough. So a good day to rest and travel and recover and regroup for the MCG. Tonight was an MS classic.”He takes the game till the end, when only he knows what’s going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end. And hats off to Dinesh too, he came in and took the pressure off him,” Kohli praised his predecessor at the post-match presentation.The focus will now shift to the final ODI between the two sides with the series locked at 1-1. The final match will be played Melbourne on January 18.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1Also Read | Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI hundred: Shane Warne leads tributes for the KingAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli hits 39th ODI hundred, 6th against AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debutFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Adelaide ODIFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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