DHONI AD­MITS FIN­ISH­ING BLUES AF­TER IN­DIA BEATS NZ

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SKIP­PER Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni ac­knowl­edged yes­ter­day that his fin­ish­ing abil­i­ties are on the wane as In­dia beat New Zealand by seven wick­ets in the third ODI rid­ing on Vi­rat Kohli’s sterling cen­tury. Kohli’s un­beaten 154 drove In­dia to their 286-run tar­get in 48.2 overs as the hosts took a 2-1 lead in the five-match one-day series. Kohli and Dhoni, who scored 80, were in­volved in a 151-run third-wicket part­ner­ship that set up the com­pre­hen­sive win. How­ever Dhoni, who pro­moted him­self to No. 4 in the bat­ting or­der, de­parted in the 36th over, leav­ing Kohli and Man­ish Pandey to get 94 more runs. “To some ex­tent I am los­ing an abil­ity to freely ro­tate in the mid­dle, so I have de­cided to bat up and let the oth­ers fin­ish,” said Dhoni. Once re­garded as one of the best fin­ish­ers in lim­ited-overs cricket, Dhoni has re­cently found it dif­fi­cult to bat at his usual num­ber six po­si­tion. to con­sol­i­date his po­si­tion as In­dia’s bat­ting main­stay.

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