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Dhoni impresses with his seam-up stuff against Pietersen

cricket Updated: Jul 22, 2011 23:18 IST

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Sensing India's dwindling bowling resources in the absence of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni bowled his gentle medium-pace stuff after lunch on the second day of the first Test against England on Friday.

Dhoni bowled five overs during the post-lunch session to give his pacers Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar some respite after a long spell in the opening session of the day.

Dhoni gave away 20 runs but Kevin Pietersen survived a caught behind appeal after getting a successful review in his favour.

Pietersen was batting on 73 when Dhoni angled one into him and it looked like the batsman nicked it to part-time keeper Rahul Dravid. Umpire Billy Bowden had raised his finger but Pietersen decided to review it and was adjudged not out.

Although he didn't trouble Ian Bell too much, Pietersen did survive a confident leg before shout in the first ball of his spell. The decision went in favour of the batsman as it apparently struck Pietersen outside the line of stumps.

Though Dhoni has previously turned his arm over in Tests three times, he has never ever bowled beyond the first over. He bowled for the first time in a Test match against Pakistan at Faisalabad and then against England at Mohali and New Zealand at Ahmedabad.

Interestingly Dhoni has a wicket in ODIs against West Indies. He had bowled Travis Dowlin in an ICC Champions Trophy match at Johannesburg.