There is no doubt about the fact that former India skipper MS Dhoni is one of the most street-smart cricketers in the world. Despite not being one of the most technically sound batsmen and a wicket-keeper, Dhoni has achieved immense success in his international career, especially in the 50 overs format of the game.
In an all-important game against Pakistan, MS Dhoni again showed his quick reflexes by affecting a brilliant stumping. He is the wicket-keeper with most stumpings in ODI cricket. The way he whipped of the bails within a blink of an eye is simply amazing. On this occasion, the batsmen were Shadab Khan and the bowler was Kedar Jadhav.
Jadhav bowled quite brilliantly and ended up bagging 3 wickets from his 9 overs spell. With the sort of action he bowls at, it is always difficult for batsmen to pick the trajectory of his delivery. Shadab went for an expansive drive over the extra cover region. He missed it altogether and Dhoni whipped off the bails in a flash. There was no chance for Shadab ro make his ground.
India restrict Pakistan to 163
Pakistan made a horrific start to their innings and lost both the openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq in quick succession. It was a great start provided by medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He bowled in the right areas and Pakistan lost two early wickets. From there on it was a good partnership between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik which got Pakistan back on track.
However, after the loss of Babar Azam’s wicket, it was a downward slide for Pakistan as they kept losing wickets on a consistent basis. Kuldeep Yadav started the slide with the wicket of Azam. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya sustained an injury and was stretchered of the field. The spinners did a terrific job in the middle overs and kept bagging the wickets on regular junctures of the game.
The pick of the Indian bowlers was Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav who bagged 3 wickets each. Jasprit Bumrah also chipped in with a couple while Kuldeep bagged the prized wicket of Babar Azam. Pakistan was eventually skittled out for 162. When the article was written India had raced off to 46/0 in 8 overs. Rohit Sharma is looking in great touch and is batting on 32 of 26 deliveries at the moment.