MS Dhoni scored his second T20I fifty in the second T20 against South Africa in Centurion. His inn innings of 52 off just 28 balls took India to a comfortable total of 188/4 in 20 overs.

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MS Dhoni scored his second T20I fifty (Credits: BCCI)

However, hosts South Africa eventually got to the total with eight balls to go as the Proteas batsmen took the attack to the Indian bowlers.

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MS Dhoni scored 52 off 28 balls (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Talking about Dhoni, on the other hand, this was just his second T20I fifty in 88 matches. The first one came in the winning cause against England in 2016 which wasn’t the case the second time.

Dhoni who is regarded as one of the greatest finishers in the game was under serious scrutiny for his slow run scoring rate.

Dhoni along with Manish Pandey were instrumental for the Indian team in the lower order to accelerate the Indian innings. Pandey and Dhoni were involved in a 98 runs partnership.

MS Dhoni got angry on Manish Pandey during the 2nd T20I at Centurion. (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has leaped praises over the veteran Indian wicket-keeper. Ganguly said:

“MS Dhoni was brilliant and batted superbly. I have always said he needs deliveries under his belt to play well and once again he showed it. Hopefully, he will get a few more deliveries and he will be very, very dangerous.”

He also added:

“Dhoni is very good in one-day matches and in T-20. It is very hard to get past MS. You got to respect the contributions made by him and others too will get an opportunity to shine.”  

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Sourav Ganguly has lauded MS Dhoni’s hard-hitting innings in the second T20I. Image Courtesy: Twitter

On being asked about cricketers playing continuous matches without any rest and also different formats, Ganguly said:

“Twenty20 is must for cricket. Without T-20, cricket cannot survive. They played very well in the one-day series. I hope they win the match (T20) on Saturday.”

Ganguly also insisted that youngsters should be given more time to prepare them to become futures stars:

“We have Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya and others have come in to play in our Indian side. We have to give them time to become the likes of Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh. Sehwag and Harbhajan also developed over a period of time.” 

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