MS Dhoni 113* 125 Balls v Pakistan, 1st ODI- 2012: Highlights
MS Dhoni and R Ashwin added 125 runs for the seventh wicket without being separated. This is India’s highest seventh wicket partnership against any opponent. The previous highest was 102 between Hemang Badani and Ajit Agarkar against Australia at Melbourne in 2004. Incidentally, India’s previous highest seventh wicket partnership against Pakistan was 89 (unbroken) between Yashpal Sharma and Syed Kirmani at Gujranwala in 1982.
The above partnership was also the third highest for the seventh wicket for any side in ODIs.
MS Dhoni (113*) made his eighth ODI hundred in his 212th match. He had last scored a hundred against Bangladesh at Mirpur in January 2010 – 56 matches ago!
Dhoni’s 113* was his fifth ODI hundred as a captain. Only Sourav Ganguly (11) and Sachin Tendulkar (6) have scored more hundreds as a captain than Dhoni for India.
Dhoni’s 113* is now the highest score by an Indian captain against Pakistan. The previous best was 101 by Mohammad Azharuddin at Toronto in 1998.
Dhoni’s 113* is now the highest score by an Indian at No.7. The previous best was Mohammad Kaif’s 111* against Zimbabwe at Colombo RPS in 2002.
MS Dhoni won his 17th Man of the Match award. However, it was first time he won an award in a losing cause.
Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni for his 113-run knock that helped India set up a competitive total
Brief scores: India 227/6 in 50 overs (MS Dhoni 113*, S Raina 43, R Ashwin 31*, J Khan 4/43) lost to Pakistan 228/4 in 48.1 overs (N Jamshed 101*, Y Khan 58, S Malik 34*, B Kumar 2/27) by six wickets
MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match for his hundred. He says,"Bad toss to lose, but I am happy with my batting. There was something for the fast bowlers, but they also pitched it in the right areas. Once we lost five wickets, it was difficult to come back. We delayed the slog to get to a respectable score. 227 was a good score from where we were, but not enough in the end. The wicket got better later and our part-timers struggled."