Indian captain Virat Kohli set the chase up with yet another brilliant century but it was MS Dhoni who stole the show with his trademark finishing. The former skipper led India to a thrilling victory in Adelaide playing a crucial knock of unbeaten 55 off 54 deliveries. He wrapped up the victory for India with a six and a single off the first two deliveries of the final over with India requiring seven runs to win the game.
En-route his innings Dhoni appeared to have missed the ground with his bat while completing a run in Nathan Lyon’s 45th over. The footage of Dhoni’s short run went viral on social media. However, during the game umpires seem to have missed the incident and the run was added to India’s tally. The incident happened when Dhoni took a single of the 45th over but missed to ground his bat on the other end.
The umpires might have missed it on the field but former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist, who was on commentary duties with the official broadcasters during the game, noticed the incident and talked about it on air. Gilchrist also reckoned whether the short-run would affect India’s chances later in the innings with India requiring 25 runs off the final 18 balls.
“In Lyon’s last ball of his spell, MS Dhoni chipped him to the onside and straight away said there is no need for any pushing there because I have already hit him for six earlier in the over. Then the over was called and nothing touched the ground there,” Gilchrist said on-air.
“So this will be interesting with India requiring 25 off 18 and it was in the 45th over, so I wonder if we will hear anything more about that should this go down to the wire,” he added.
Here’s a video of MS Dhoni’s controversial illegal run which is going viral on social media:
Dhoni started off steadily and combined with Kohli to put on an 82-run stand for the 4th wicket before adding another 57 for the 5th wicket with Dinesh Karthik to take India over the line. India chased down the target of 299 runs with four balls to spare. Apart from Kohli and Dhoni’s crucial knocks, Karthik also contributed well with his quickfire 14-ball 25 to ensure the required rate didn’t mount up.