During the first T20I of the two-match series against Australia in Vizag, former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni attempted to smash Nathan Coulter-Nile out of the ground of the very first ball of the last over of the Indian innings. He did not get it out of the middle of the bat as the face of the bat closed early, he could not get under the ball.
Dhoni came hard on the ball and the cameraman felt it was going for a six and he panned the camera angle upwards only to later realize that it had done to deep mid wicket and Dhoni denied to take a single. It was hilarious to see how MS manage to fool the cameraman into believing the ball was going for a six.
Here is the video of the turn of events:
Meanwhile, it was Dhoni’s 37-ball 29 that gave Indian bowlers something to bowl at. His strike rate of 78.37 is the second-lowest by an India batsman in a T20I knock of more than 35 balls. The top order apart from KL Rahul failed to get going on a slow Vizag pitch.
One has to acknowledge that India fought well to make a match out of it. The total of India 126 never looked good enough to challenge the Australians, but the Indians were disciplined in the field and with the ball apart from that forgettable last over. India will host Australia in the last T20I on February 27 and would be looking to level the series.
Talking about the youngsters, Virat said, “We want to give Rahul and Rishab more game-time. Rahul played a really good knock and we had a good partnership. Had we gone on, we could have got 150, which would have been a match-winning score on this pitch. But Australia played better cricket overall and deserved to win. Very pleased with the bowling effort. Never thought we would be in this situation but Bumrah can do wonders when the ball is reversing. Even Mayank (Markande) bowled brilliantly (17th over), I thought.”