Mahi serves early warning to Windies
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Mahi serves early warning to Windies

One of Dhoni's sixes landed on top of a three-storey building across the street.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 19:49 IST

Mahinder Singh Dhoni served early warning to the bowlers in the Caribbean with a swashbuckling knock in India's tour opening practice match against Jamaica Eleven at Jarrett Park.

The powerfully built wicketkeeper-batsman smashed four fours and three sixes in his 45 from 23 balls as the Indians overpowered Jamaica Eleven by 116 runs.

Mahi, having trimmed his flowing locks, unleashed his powerful strokes when he arrived at the crease in the final 10 overs, much to the delight of the spectators in the packed stands suffering under the hot sun.

He provided his trademark flourish at the end with all three of his sixes deserving mention. His first was a low flat which hit the fence like a whistle. He then drove a six off Daren Powell which cleared the ground and landed on top of a three-storey building across the street.

The Jharkhand lad's last pick-up from an off-spinner also kept travelling in a line parallel to the ground.

With him already back in carnage-mode after a well-deserved break, Indian skipper Rahul Dravid would feel confident going into tomorrow's match at Jamaica, with most of his ammunition available for selection. India take on West Indies in the first of the 5 match series.

First Published: May 17, 2006 11:59 IST