MS Dhoni rests on the airport floor after the 1st ODI in Chennai

Dhoni stitched a couple of crucial partnerships in the lower middle order and scored 79 to bail India out of troubles.

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Indian players at Chennai Airport. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian team took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Chennai. It wasn’t an easy game for the Men in Blue, they were at the receiving end from the Aussie pacers early on in the innings as the pace duo was able to extract movement in the air and off the surface. It was for MS Dhoni to once again initiate the rescue mission and he along with Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the Indian total to 281/7 in 50 overs.

His fans at Chepauk, his second home ground were mighty pleased as their ‘thala’ put up a brilliant show. He initially took his time to settle in, relied more on the singles and doubles as he hit the first boundary after scoring 40 runs. There were four boundaries and two sixes in his knock of 79, as he turned on the heat in the last part of the innings before being dismissed in the final over.


Relaxing after the win

Team India left Chennai early this morning for Kolkata and they reached the airport well ahead of time. The boys had a lot of time in hand to kill, before they boarded the flight, while his teammates sat around, some were busy on their gadgets or chatting with others Dhoni preferred to lie down on the airport floor.

BCCI posted images of the players from the waiting area and the caption read- “That is how you relax after taking a 1-0 lead. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS”

After the game talking about Dhoni’s contribution and his 118-run partnership with Hardik Pandya that proved match-winning Virat said: “We spoke at the toss that we wanted to put on a big score. We lost wickets but MS and Kedar played well. Hardik then, MS then finished it off like he does. Today was an example, Sri Lanka was the example of how good the middle and lower order can be.

Hardik who scored 83 himself and was awarded the Man of the Match for his all-round effort praised Dhoni for guiding him through the innings. The young all-rounder said: “They [Australia] were on top, and the pressure was there. We [India] lost wickets, and it was important for me to make a partnership with MSD [Dhoni]. We were speaking how we needed to change things up. When me and Mahi bhai were batting we were looking at 230. I will take 280.”