Australia vs India: MS Dhoni helps Bhuvneshwar Kumar set up Aaron Finch
Bhuvi got Finch for the third time in the series.
Updated - Jan 18, 2019 11:11 am
MS Dhoni is an asset for any captain and bowler, given the sea of experiences he poses as an observer from behind the wickets. The ace wicket-keeper’s batting form was the only worry for Team India but with the two back-to-back fifties in the ongoing ODI series against Australia, even that anxiety is buried and now the 37-year-old has affirmed his position as a real ‘statesman of the game’ for the Men in Blue.
The former India captain’s flawless understanding of the game became evident once again on Friday in Melbourne where India and Australia locked horns for the series decider. Dhoni was seen giving some instant tips to Indian spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar before the last ball of the ninth over.
After conceding no run in the first five deliveries, the bowler eventually picked the wicket of Aussie skipper Aaron Finch by trapping him before the stumps even though the batsman took a stance much outside the crease. Bhuvneshwar produced an inswinger that nipped in and hit Finch on his knee roll. The umpire had no hesitation in giving a verdict against the batsman and the out-of-form Finch did not go for a review.
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Chahal rises to the occasion at MCG
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss in the final ODI and sent Australia in to bat. After posting two high totals batting first, the hosts struggled in this rain-affected game and lost 6 wickets for 161 runs in the 35th over with Peter Handscomb remaining as the only recognised batsman.
Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who got his first game of the series, bowled beautifully taking three wickets including that of the centurion of the last game Shaun Marsh. Bhuvneshwar and his opening partner Mohammed Shami shared the three others wickets among them.
India’s limited-over spinning duo Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal would also owe it to MS Dhoni when it comes to mastering the bowling skill in tight situations in limited-over matches. The wicket-keeper’s constant prompting from the back of the stumps suggesting the spinners what to bowl next has done them big favour to better their show. On Friday, a pacer also gained from the knowledge shared by the veteran.