Dhoni 139* Runs Highlights Videos vs Australia 3rd ODI
The last time Dhoni made an ODI century, in December 2012, he took India from 29 for 5 against Pakistan to 227 for 6. Helping him that day was R Ashwin, who made an unbeaten 31 in a century stand. Ashwin was around today as well, showing superb calm in adding 76 for the seventh wicket with his captain. Before that, Virat Kohli had been an equal partner in a fifth-wicket stand of 72, but had fallen against the run of play for his third successive score of 50-plus this series.
Admirable as these twin acts were, they were supporting ones. The stage belonged to Dhoni, who once again showed the entire range of his limited-overs batsmanship - from precisely-judged singles to hustling twos, from deftly placed boundaries to the late, towering sixes. And yes, he turned down three singles in the last two overs with Vinay Kumar at the other end.
Dhoni hit one four in his first 67 deliveries. He ended with 12 fours and five sixes. Dhoni took little risk against the left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty when India were rebuilding. Doherty, with figures of 9-0-35-0, was held back for one over, which he came on to complete as the 41st. Dhoni pulled and lofted him for successive boundaries off the last two balls of the over. James Faulkner's first eight overs went for 33, including just one run off the 46th. Dhoni hung back in the crease at the end, pulling out scythes, slices, slogs, helicopter-swings. Faulker's last two overs had gone for 32. Between those two overs, the threat of Dhoni had made even as experienced a man as Shane Watson bowl two wides.