Twitter Reactions: Chahal and Dhoni script historic series triumph against Australia

Dhoni remained not out on 87 from 114 balls.

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The match between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) turned out to be a cliffhanger. The contest was pretty similar to the one in Adelaide and it went right down to the last over. In the end, it was the visitors who managed to win by seven wickets with five balls to spare. Most importantly, they Men in Blue won the three-match series 2-1, their first bilateral series win in Australia.

Handscomb and Chahal star

Rain threatened to play spoilsport after India won the toss and elected to field first. Alex Carey and Aaron Finch opened the batting but perished to Bhuvneshwar Kumar inside the first 10 overs. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh didn’t let the pressure unnerve them and put together 73 runs in 85 balls. However, Yuzvendra Chahal nipped out both batsmen for 34 and 39 respectively in a space of four balls.

Thereafter, Chahal kept picking up wickets at regular intervals and finished with impressive figures of 10-0-42-6. Peter Handscomb accomplished his half-century in 57 deliveries and went on to rack up 58 runs from 63 balls with two fours following which he became Chahal’s fifth victim. Glenn Maxwell flung the willow to score 26 runs with five boundaries and Australia managed to put forth 230 in 48.4 overs.

Dhoni marches on

India didn’t have the best of starts as Peter Siddle found Rohit Sharma’s outside edge in the sixth over. Nevertheless, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan didn’t allow the pressure to mount on them and put on 44 runs from 62 deliveries to get the scoreboard moving. Marcus Stoinis broke the ominous-looking stand, dismissing Dhawan, who scored a painstaking 26. The veteran MS Dhoni joined Kohli in the middle.

Maxwell dropped MSD when he was on a duck. Kohli notched a well-compiled 46 and he fell prey to Jhye Richardson. Nonetheless, Dhoni carried on and completed his half-century in 74 balls and he had Kedar Jadhav at the other end. Jadhav brought up his fifty in 52 balls. Dhoni eventually remained not out on 87 from 114 balls with the help of five boundaries. India chased the target down with five balls to spare.

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