MS Dhoni played a useful innings batting at no. 6 for India in the first test match against England which is being played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
It was only the second time that Dhoni was batting at 6 in test matches overseas. He generally likes to bat at 7 when playing away from the subcontinent. But, since India went with only 5 specialist batsmen at Nottingham, he had to bat one position higher and he played with a lot of responsibility.
When he first came in, he played his shots and took the pressure off his partner Murali Vijay who was approaching his hundred.
But, in the first hour of the second day, the Indian captain showed that he could grind as well.
Unfortunately, the belligerent right hander couldn’t get to his hundred as he got run out attempting for a cheeky run.
Had he been got to the three figure mark, it would have been his first test hundred overseas.
After Dhoni’s departure, India lost a couple of more quick wickets and looked as if they would be bundled out under 350, but, the last pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami didn’t let that happen as they put up a 100-run stand to guide India past 400.
That last wicket partnership brought down the spirits of the English camp and that was visible when they came out to bat in the last session yesterday. They were completely down and out and were just willing to see out the day somehow.
The captain, Alastair Cook, again had a bad outing as he was knocked over by Shami round his legs at the score of 5.
But, Garry Ballance and the other opener Sam Robson negotiated the rest of the overs and England’s score, at stumps on day 2, was 43 for the loss of 1 wicket.