DHONI ADMITS FINISHING BLUES AFTER INDIA BEATS NZ
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.