MS Dhoni plays hide and seek with his fan in Nagpur
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 06, 2019,
Mar 06, 2019, 0:29
Bumrah (2-29) conceded just one run each in the 46th and 48th overs - accounting for Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 46th - before Shankar dismissed Stoinis and Adam Zampa in the last with Australia needing 11 for a series-levelling win as India secured a 500th ODI victory and moved 2-0 up in the five-match series. Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis would be looking to score big as they threw their wickets away after getting their eye in.
Stoinis, demoted to number six in a reshuffled order following Shaun Marsh's return, strode to the crease and scored 52 under huge pressure as momentum continued to shift frequently.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar scalped the last two Australian batsmen in the final over in which Australia needed to score 11 runs for a series-levelling win.
The West Australian reviewed the on-field decision and it only delayed the inevitable.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who was left amused, tried to get hold of the fan and stop him from going after Dhoni, but the fan somehow managed to continue his chase as the other players enjoyed Dhoni's playful antics. "When he said that, I was clear mentally that the only way to defend those runs is by picking wickets and if I can bowl straighter, (I'll) give myself a chance to take wickets", he said adding that he only bowled the last over for his club side before this.
"You always look back ... could you have done something different?"
"Just because I got the two wickets in the last over does not make me feel really high or happy".
Meanwhile, it was not an ideal outing for Dhoni in the game as he recorded a golden duck bringing an end to his dream run in ODIs against Australia this year.
"And when [Jasprit] Bumrah came and told me that it is reversing a bit, just trust yourself to bowl the hard lengths".
Bumrah was pivotal in the low-scoring contest, returning to the attack when Australia were 6-222 and required 29 from 30 balls. Unfortunately, however, he got run out at 46.
Australia will take some solace from the fact that some 248 of India's 250 runs were scored when Kohli was at the crease, with Cummins insisting there are plenty of positives as the World Cup looms large.