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India vs Australia: MS Dhoni becomes the first Indian to hit 350 sixes in international cricket

MS Dhoni’s 23-ball 40-run innings included three sixes and three fours. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who recorded his 50th T20I six in this match, had struck 349 sixes prior to this match.

cricket Updated: Feb 28, 2019 08:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
File image of MS Dhoni.
File image of MS Dhoni.(PTI)
         

MS Dhoni was in top form in the second T20I against Australia in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The wicket-keeper batsman became the first Indian to notch 350 sixes across all format of international cricket. Dhoni’s 23-ball 40-run innings included three sixes and three fours. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who recorded his 50th T20I six in this match, had struck 349 sixes prior to this match. India struck 13 sixes in total, which is the highest number of maximums in T20Is played in Bengaluru.

Skipper Virat Kohli hit an attacking 72 not out to guide India to 190 for four in their bid to level the series in the final Twenty20 international of the series.

Put into bat, the hosts rode on a century stand between Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to put up a challenging total. Kohli smashed 2 fours and 6 sixes in his 38-ball blitz to take the attack to the opposition bowlers.

Opening batsman K.L. Rahul gave the hosts a brisk start with his 47 off 26 deliveries but Australia hit back with a couple of wickets to check the opposition surge.

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Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile got Rahul, who scored a fifty in his team’s opening loss, with a change of pace as the batsman was caught out at deep third man.

Jason Behrendorff got Shikhar Dhawan for 14 and D’Arcy Short claimed Rishabh Pant for one with a brilliant catch from Jhye Richardson.

Kohli then clobbered the ball to all parts of the ground as he hit Coulter-Nile for three straight sixes in the 16th over to entertain a raucous home crowd.

Dhoni soon joined the party as the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman hit 3 fours and 3 sixes before falling to Pat Cummins.

India managed to get 91 runs from the last six overs with Dinesh Karthik also contributing with eight off three balls.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Feb 27, 2019 21:12 IST