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Twitter Reactions: Late firecrackers from MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav helps India cross 250-run mark

81-run fifth-wicket partnership helped India to post a decent total on the scoreboard.

Ajinkya Rahane India
India’s Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the third One Day International (ODI) match between West Indies and India, at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in St. John’s, Antigua, on June 30, 2107. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian cricket team took on Windies today at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua for the third ODI of the bilateral series. Windies are trailing in the series and desperately need to taste victory. Winning the toss, skipper Jason Holder decided to swing his arms first.

Due to heavy overnight rain in Antigua, the pitch was damp. Uneven bounce made it even harder for the batters to accumulate runs. Disappointing many fans, Virat Kohli kept the swashbuckling young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishav Pant on the bench and continued with the experienced campaigner Mahendra Singh Dhoni. But who would have guessed that it is the day of one of the most successful captains of India?

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Losing in-form Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat early in the innings, Ajinkya Rahane and Yuvraj Singh managed to build some sort of partnership. But still, the runs weren’t coming easily. After Yuvraj’s dismissal, Dhoni partnered Rahane. It was in the 43rd over when Rahane was dismissed by Cummins. India at that point were struggling at 170/4.

But Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni played good knocks to get India to 251 after the end of 50 overs. Jadhav’s quickfire 40 from 26 deliveries was instrumental in the 81-run unbroken fifth-wicket partnership which came off just 46 balls and came at a time when the Men in Blue needed it the most. Dhoni’s 78 not out today on the Caribbean soil is second to his 2009-knock of 95 runs. Also, with a couple of sixes in the game, he stands in the sixth position in the list of most 6’s in international cricket, with 322 sixes in total.

For Windies, Miguel Cummins was the most successful bowlers with a couple of wickets. Ashley Nurse was the cheapest bowler for them, conceding runs at a rate of just over 3 runs per over. Twitterati never forget to troll Dhoni when he fails. As of now, they are engaging themselves in praising the two ‘finishers’ of Indian cricket team, MS and Kedar.

Here are some of the tweets from the first innings

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