MS Dhoni finished the match unbeaten on 87 as India claimed a seven-wicket win in the third ODI against Australia, but there was an incident that went uncalled with the match-winner on just 34 that will cause headaches for the hosts.
Involved in a crucial partnership with skipper Virat Kohli, Dhoni charged down the wicket in the 29th over of the second innings bowled by Australian pacer Peter Siddle. Dhoni appeared to miss the ball as it was caught behind by a diving Alex Carey.
When the incident happened, Australia’s players let out a half-hearted appeal, leaving the umpire unmoved, before replays confirmed their worst fears.
After a replay showed a sound as the ball whizzed past Dhoni’s bat, the ‘hot-spot’ and ‘snicko’ technologies showed that the ball had taken a faint edge on the underside of the 37-year-old’s bat.
Dhoni’s innings was his second consecutive unbeaten effort in a chase, and took his average in successful ODI run-chases to an astounding 103.07, the best in the history of the game.
The former skipper’s efforts earned him the man of the match award as he became the oldest Indian to win the award at 37 years and 195 days.
Dhoni was well supported during the chase by middle-order specialist Kedar Jadhav who finished unbeaten with a quick-fire 57-ball 61.
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