Mahendra Singh Dhoni has time and again created magic from behind the stumps. When it comes to removing an opponent batsman, he can dislodge the bails in the blink of an eye. Match by match, Dhoni has mastered the art of wicketkeeping and has made stumping his field of excellence. During the third India vs Sri Lanka ODI in Vishakhapatnam, Dhoni’s presence of mind and agility once again earned a wicket for the team when it was needed the most.
The incident happened on the first ball of the 28th over when Kuldeep Yadav was brought to the attack while Upul Tharanga was playing on 95 and heading towards his century. Kuldeep bowled a flighted delivery while Tharanga wanted to drive towards the cover region. However, Tharanga missed the shot and the ball landed in MS Dhoni’s gloves. He couldn’t take his feet back inside the crease while Dhoni had enough time to dislodge the bails and appeal for a wicket.
Here’s the video:
Dhoni stumping out of no where pic.twitter.com/XiHxBmFh7Z
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Tharanga ended up scoring 95 runs off 82 balls including 3 sixes and 12 fours. It was a huge blow for the Lankans as no other batsman could make an impact with the bat later. The Lankans were reduced to 160/3 and they lost the rest of the 7 wickets within 215 runs.
The spinner duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav spun the web for the Islander batsmen and trapped them one after another. Both of them picked 3 wickets each. Chahal removed Sadeera Samarwickrama (42), Thisara Perera (6) and Angelo Mathews (17) while Kuldeep dismissed Upul Tharanga (95), Niroshan Dickwella (8) and Akila Dhananjaya (1).
By the time of filing the report, India needed 216 runs to win from 50 overs.