Twitter goes in a frenzy after watching yet another vintage knock from MS Dhoni
India was in no position to score that many they have at SuperSports Park, Centurion. The men in blue were struggling at the end of powerplay at 48-3, losing their cream with the new ball.
A fluent looking Suresh Raina soon perished with 30 to his name and the onus was then on the likes of Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni to take their team to a decent total.
After the dismal performance at Jo’Burg where Pandey struggled through his 27-ball 29, MSD had an even greater responsibility to finish the inning for his team.
There had been a lot of talks regarding Dhoni’s ability to strike the ball, and his diminishing finishing credentials. The greatest wicket-keeper batsman had a point or two to prove that an ageing tiger still remains a tiger.
Pandey responded brilliantly to the situation and stitched a game-changing partnership with the champion at the other end. The two middle-order batsmen added 98 to the total to create a record for the fifth wicket partnership in T20I cricket.
MSD struck the ball at 182 tonight
Manish Pandey, after a sluggish knock at Wanderers, smashed an unbeaten 78 off 49 deliveries, with 6 boundaries and three sixes, at a strike rate of 164.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni smashed his second T20I century with his unbeaten knock of 52 which came off just 28 balls. 17 of which came in the final five deliveries of the innings, which incidentally also was the highlight of the innings.
Often criticized for his slow knock, MS Dhoni struck the ball at 182 today in the second T20I. Needless to say, MSD’s epic knock, bringing back time, created quite a frenzy on Twitter.
Let us look at some of the reactions
Last 4 overs 55 . Hathyar chalana nahi bhoolein, Special hits from a special player , Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Great effort from Pandey as well. Best wishes to the bowlers to defend 188
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 21, 2018
Chef: What would you like to eat, Omelette, scrambled, sunny side up, boiled eggs?
Man: I’m a Dhoni hater
Chef: Then you should have egg on your face
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) February 21, 2018
Waah ! Dhoni , kya maara. Great innings from Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni and 188 is a very competitive score #SAvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 21, 2018
Early Fall Of Wickets Gave MS Dhoni The Much Needed Time A Quality Batsman Needs Before Firing Up. It Was Almost Like A No. 4 Position For Him. RT If You Feel #MSDhoni Must Be Promoted To No 4. 💪🙏🇮🇳#IndvSA #INDvsSA #SAvIND #SAvsIND #Dhoni
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) February 21, 2018
Lost the toss? No problem.
Lost wickets quickly? No problem.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) February 21, 2018
— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) February 21, 2018
It seems that I missed some vintage Dhoni stuff…happiness is to see the Indian middle-order clicking. 👏👍🏏 #SAvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 21, 2018
With due respect to all our legendary cricketers, i feel after Sachin, #Dhoni is the most loved cricketer in India & among Indians worldwide. When he score runs, India celebrates. God bless him.. #IndvsSA
— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) February 21, 2018
I don't know why there is so much chaos on Dhoni
Has every1 had forgotten that MSD is an extraordinary batsman, this kind of performances is nothing for him. He will deliver bigger than this just wait. Mehendra Bahubali!!!
— Rish@bh (@rishabh1123) February 21, 2018
Most runs scored in last 2 overs of a T20I inns for India (19th & 20th):
44 (10) Yuvraj v Eng, 2007
28 (9) DHONI v SA, TODAY
26 (9) Kohli v WI, 2016
24 (9) Rohit v Pak, 2007
21 (9) Dhoni v NZ, 2017#SAvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) February 21, 2018
Only MSD can do this
Trending at 8th position worldwide
Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni !! pic.twitter.com/ZjtZ2tffPB
— I Love You 3000 (@ragingagain1) February 21, 2018
— Soundarya Sharma (@soundarya_20) February 21, 2018
That backfoot six over covers was like a affidavit over a 100 rupee stamp paper signed by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) February 21, 2018
Incredible 6 by Dhoni, hitting it backfoot over cover, then 4, 4 on the onside & 2 to reach 50 in last over. How's that for a finish!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 21, 2018
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) February 21, 2018
Today innings is fine example that Dhoni needs sometime in the middle to get going and he is not the one which we use to see who smashes the ball early in the innings…
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 21, 2018
— Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) February 21, 2018
If it would had been any player other than MS Dhoni he would start swinging his bat, taking off his helmet and jumping/punching in the air after scoring 50 runs. But its Dhoni who just let the moment pass without any fuss.
— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) February 21, 2018
MS Dhoni in T20Is:
First 65 inns – no fifties
Last 12 inns – 2 fifties
Both his fifties have come since he left the captaincy. #SAvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) February 21, 2018
Dhoni Fans Right Now
— Bharath Thala 😎 (@viswasambharath) February 21, 2018
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