After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019

first_imgAfter no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Brief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. MS Dhoni scored fifties in Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne in the ODI series against Australia. He now has 70 ODI fifties and is the 4th Indian to score 1000 ODI runs in Australia.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 16:42 IST MS Dhoni has scored three consecutive half-centuries to start the World Cup year on a high (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni scored consecutive fifties in Sydney, Adelaide and MelbourneDhoni now has 70 ODI half-centuries to go with 10 hundredsDhoni is also the 4th Indian to score 1000 ODI runs in AustraliaBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardMS Dhoni has turned it around after a poor run in 2018 when he failed to score a single fifty in one-day internationals. He now has three successive half-centuries in 2019 in the series against Australia. He also became only the fourth Indian to score over 1000 ODI runs after Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.Dhoni, who had managed only 275 runs from 20 ODIs in 2018, scored 51 in Sydney, 55 not out in Adelaide before scoring another one in the series decider in Melbourne. Overall, Dhoni now has 70 half-centuries in one-day internationals.When he reached 48 on Friday, Dhoni overtook Virat Kohli as the third highest run-scorer in the series. This is also the fifth time Dhoni has scored three successive half-centuries in ODI cricket.Later in the innings, the 37-year-old overtook Rohit Sharma as the second highest scorer in the series when he reached the score of 80.India needed 231 to win the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which they managed to do in 49.2 overs with Dhoni remaining unbeaten on 87 while Kedar Jadhav made 61 not out.The duo were involved in a 121-run unbeaten partnership for the fourth wicket which made the chase seem like a walk in the park for India.The batsmen followed up on a clinical effort from India’s bowlers who bowled out Australia for 230 after putting the hosts into bat.MS Dhoni had taken 96 balls for his 51 in the first match which India lost despite a classy hundred from Rohit Sharma. However, Dhoni was in his elements in the second ODI where his 54-ball unbeaten 55 along with Virat Kohli’s 39th hundred helped India chase down 299 and stay on course for a historic series win in Australia.advertisementThis is not the first time Dhoni has scored consecutive fifties in more than two matches. Back in 2009, Dhoni scored 94 and 53 vs Sri Lanka before scoring an unbeaten 84 against New Zealand. In 2011, Dhoni scored 69, 78, 50 and 87 not out vs England in 2011. Three years later, Dhoni scored 56, 50 and 79 not out against New Zealand.Not much of an appeal from the Aussies, but it looks like Dhoni has edged that! Not out… #CloseMatters#AUSvIND | @GilletteAU pic.twitter.com/6iOl7tfrGDcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019After the first ODI on January 12, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma had said the ideal number for MS Dhoni was No.4. It is no secret that Virat Kohli himself wanted Dhoni to bat higher up the order. Finally, in Adelaide, Dhoni walked out at No.4 and played an innings to remember.India were chasing a far lower total in Melbourne and it was again Dhoni who walked out to bat at No.4. He added 54 for the third wicket with Kohli and kept India in the hunt after Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were dismissed cheaply.Dhoni’s return to form is a huge relief for India. In 2018, he had struggled in South Africa and was even booed at Lord’s where he failed to accelerate even as India chased a steep total against England.Also Read | Who will take my interview on Chahal TV? Yuzvendra Chahal wonders after 6-wicket haulAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Shane Warne suggests teams play showpiece event in retro kitsAlso Read | MS Dhoni gives us a lot of confidence, says Shikhar DhawanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Dhoni ODI recordsFollow India national cricket teamFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more