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World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni batting down the order in semi-final sparks outrage

MS Dhoni has only batted in the first Powerplay on three occasions since the Champions Trophy in 2017.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 10, 2019 8:41:37 pm
MS Dhoni came in at number six in the batting order. (Twitter)

What seemed like a tricky chase for India became an uphill task as their top-order collapsed like nine pins on day two of the first semifinal of World Cup 2019. It was for the first time that the top three batsmen were dismissed for scores of 1, 1, and 1 in an ODI inning.

When India lost three early wickets, all eyes were seeking the elusive MS Dhoni. ‘Where is Dhoni’ trended on Twitter as fans and pundits wondered could have led to him being pushed down the batting order. However, the man of the hour was busy examining his bat in the dressing room and cameras captured the moment on the big screen.

It is not without a reason that Dhoni gives India hope in tight run-chases. India won 92 per cent of the ODI games in which Dhoni was not out at the end.

India needed 169 runs to win at the fall of Pant’s wicket. There is only one instance of the last five wickets scoring that many runs in a World Cup run chase – 218 by Ireland vs England in Bengaluru during the 2011 World Cup (From 111/5 to 329/7).

Many people also suggested that Dhoni should have been promoted to deal with the chaos. It’s not something he’s done often, Dhoni has batted in the first Powerplay only on three occasions since the Champions Trophy in 2017.

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