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Top 5 MS Dhoni Finishes in Cricket | Last Six to Last Ball Run out





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Top 5 MS Dhoni Finishes in Cricket | Last Six to Last Ball Run out:- Though Michael Bevan made a name as a clinical finisher in the bygone past, Dhoni revolutionised the approach to chasing and has surpassed the Australian with his remarkable feats.

On a tough wicket at the Queens Park Oval, India were chasing 202 to win the tri-series final. Rohit Sharma kept things in check and India were well on course to victory at 139 for three in the 32nd over. That is when Sri Lanka hit back with regular wickets and had India in great trouble. Dhoni walked in at No. 6 and watched helplessly at the other end as Rangana Herath tightened things with a remarkable spell of four for 20. With wickets falling, Dhoni kept his calm and picked his runs with ease, knowing that if he took it to the final over, India had a chance to win. With 17 needed off two overs, the last man Ishant Sharma played out the penultimate, leaving Dhoni with 15 off the last. Shaminda Eranga, the young fast bowler, was visibly nervous as he ran into bowl. Dhoni missed the first one, but smashed the next ball high over long-off for a six. The next ball flew over point for a four and the match was sealed with a bullet over long-off. The Zen-like Dhoni merely smiled as his teammates were over-the moon!

India were in command of their run-chase of 270 against Australia at Adelaide with Gambhir giving them a good start. Australia saw a ray of hope when they had India at 178 for four in the 35th over. Dhoni and Suresh Raina commenced the job of taking India through. While Raina looked at his fluent best, picking his opportunities to score, Dhoni cut a sorry figure. He was struggling to get it off the square and merely knocking it around uncharacteristically for singles. As India came closer, the rate was mounting and they lost Raina and Jadeja. With 13 needed off the last over, Ravichandran Ashwin took strike to Clint McKay. Ashwin only managed a single off the second, which left India with 12 to get off four balls. McKay pitched the ball on a decent length and Dhoni smashed it with all his energy over long-on. The straight boundary at Adelaide are long, but was dwarfed by the power of that hit. With six needed of three, Dhoni knocked them off with two balls to spare, thanks to a no-ball.

India had won all their matches in the group phase heading into the final encounter against Zimbabwe. Though an inconsequential game, India need to win to maintain momentum going into the quarter-final. Brendan Taylor’s sparkling ton in his farewell game helped Zimbabwe put up 287. In reply, India stuttered and found themselves at 92 for four in the 23rd over with Dhoni and Raina in the middle. In tandem, they reconstructed the innings, starting slow and then attacking the bowling. Dhoni was sedate when compared to Raina, who scored a ton. However, in the slog overs, Dhoni turned it on to find boundaries and absorb the pressure. They made it look very easy and Dhoni finished it off with a typical six! The embarrassment of losing to Zimbabwe before a crunch game was averted.

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