Playing in his 300th ODI match, MS Dhoni scored unbeaten 49 runs and once again provided the ideal finish to India's innings, along with Manish Pandey who scored 50*. India received an early jolt after opener Shikhar Dhawan was removed by pacer Vishwa Fernando in the second over of the innings. People can watch and enjoy the live match on TV channels such as Sony SIX. Pandey went on to score his second ODI fifty while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 49; remaining unbeaten 73 times in ODIs. He will be the 20th cricketer overall, and the sixth India player to the milestone. However, the India captain departed for 131 just as Lasith Malinga got the crucial breakthrough for the Lankans. Only once they have done better: 261 against Sri Lanka in Rajkot in 2009.
Dhoni, one of India's most successful captains won 2011 World Cup. Sri Lanka have been struggling to put up a decent fight in the series, with injuries to key players, selection woes and hostile fans compounding their misery. The experienced general held the innings together in Pallekele, and showed what he brings to the Indian Cricket Team. The bad performance of Sri Lanka in past matches also a reason for the India's victory. Pandey, however, scored a quick not out 50 at the end.
India is about 294/5 from 42 Overs. MS Dhoni writes his own script and he has always had a "midas touch" and is destiny's child.
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After today's inning against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, MS Dhoni surpassed former South African skipper Shaun Pollock and Sri Lanka's former speedster Chaminda Vaas to mark 73rd unbeaten innings. However, his statistics would read a lot better had eight catches not been dropped off his bowling.
104 - Rohit's score - the lowest for which he has been dismissed in his 13 ODI centuries. Pushpakumara departs the very next ball, ramping a short ball straight to Pandya at third man. Dananjaya smacks the penultimate delivery down the ground to collect his first boundary.
Their partnership improved on the previous highest 2nd wicket stand on Sri Lankan soil - 197 runs added by Dhawan and Kohli in the first ODI of this current series in Dambulla. Hardik Pandya has been used in different positions in two matches but he failed to deliver.