Just when it looked like MS Dhoni was about to change his batting gear after starting slowly in the ongoing first ODI against Australia, a poor decision cut short his knock in Sydney. He walked into bat after India were off to a disastrous start of 4/3. Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson wreaked havoc by dismissing Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Ambati Rayudu cheaply.
Dhoni and Rohit Sharma then steadied the ship. With too much pressure on them, they cut down their shots and just relied on occasional boundaries. However, as the innings progressed the two opened their arms and reached their consecutive fifties. But their 137-run partnership ended in a disappointing manner when umpire Michael Gough gave a wrong decision.
Behrendorff’s delivery had pitched outside leg before pinning Dhoni on the pad. The bowler and the fielders appealed in unison and the umpire raised his finger immediately. But replays clearly showed that the ball had pitched well outside leg. However, Dhoni could not review the decision as Rayudu had already wasted one. Consequently, Dhoni had no option but to walk back after scoring 51 off 96 balls.
Here is a clip of the wicket:
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Earlier in the game, Australia finished their innings with a tally of 288/5in 37 overs with Khawaja, Handscomb and, Marsh scoring the half-centuries. Team India will be chasing a stiff target of 289, which will not be an easy total to chase. Coming into the chase, the Indian team was reduced to 4/3 and Dhoni had to come out to bat in the fourth over of the innings.
Rohit also went on to score a century as he amassed 133 in 129 balls but eventually got dismissed in the 46th over as India failed to chase down the total of 289 in their quota of 50 overs. They lost the match by 34 runs as India finished the game at 254/9.