MS Dhoni stumped Upul Tharanga on 95. © BCCI
Mahendra Singh Dhoni further cemented his reputation as one of the best wicketkeepers in the world after he effected a spectacular stumping in the 3rd ODI between India and Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam. At a time when the Sri Lanka batsman were dominating the decider, Dhoni pulled off a sharp stumping to remove Upul Tharanga who was batting on 95. The left-hander, who hit 12 fours and three sixes, was beaten by a tossed-up delivery from Kuldeep Yadav with Dhoni taking off the bails in a flash. Tharanga’s wicket swung the momentum in India’s favor, with the visitors enduring a batting collapse. Sri Lanka, who looked set to post a big total, were eventually bundled out of 215.
— Swati Thakur (@dhogakholo) December 17, 2017
Many Indian fans felt that Dhoni‘s flash of brilliance was the turning point of the match.
— Maruf Shaikh (@marrufff) December 17, 2017
What a quick move frm MS Dhoni #stumping
— Binil dhas (@BinilDhas) December 17, 2017
If you understand cricket even a little bit, you would know that Sri Lanka lost to Dhoni’s stumping. #IndvSL
— Money (@asardaar_) December 17, 2017
— Joanny Bert Gomez Jo (@joannybert) December 17, 2017
— Hiru. (@DhoniFangirl) December 17, 2017
After a solid comeback from the bowlers, the Indian batting did not disappoint as opener Shikhar Dhawan’s blazing century helped the hosts register a comprehensive eight-wicket win over the Lankans.
India rode on a 135-run partnership between Dhawan (100 not out) and Shreyas Iyer (65) to romp home in 32.1 overs.
Dhawan completed his 12th ODI hundred in 85 balls, his knock laced with 13 fours and two sixes, before taking India to their eighth consecutive ODI series victory since June 2016.
(With inputs from AFP)