MS Dhoni misses 4th straight fifty, Rohit Sharma falls short of 23rd hundred

first_imgBrief Scores: India 324/4 (50 overs) vs New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. Rohit (87), Dhawan (66), Dhoni (48*) (SCORECARD)MS Dhoni came out all guns blazing in the second ODI against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui and looked like he would score his fourth successive half-century but he fell short by two runs as India finished with 324 for 4.Dhoni had a horror run in 2018, scoring 275 runs without a single half-century from 20 ODIs. This year, Dhoni has turned it around. In Australia, he slammed three successive fifties in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne as India won their first ever bilateral ODI series in that country.MS Dhoni did not get to bat in the first ODI against New Zealand in Napier as India chased down a paltry total. However, on a flat pitch in Mount Maunganui, every Indian batsman had a field day.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Live ScoreSo far in 2019, Dhoni has scores of 51, 55 not out, 87 not out and 48 not out. In only four innings, Dhoni now has 241 runs in ODIs this year.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored half-centuries while Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni scored in the 40s.Dhoni has had a sensational run in New Zealand. Back in 2014, he was in top form but India failed to win the five-match ODI series. His run of scores in New Zealand now reads: 48*, 85*, 47, 79*, 50, 56, 40. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma would consider himself a little unlucky. He was on his way to overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 22 ODI hundreds. Had Rohit got 13 more, he would have been third in the list of most century-scorers in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Virat Kohli (39) lead the charts.advertisementIn 2018, Rohit scored 5 ODI hundreds and was the second highest run-scorer behind Virat Kohli. With the World Cup a few months away, Rohit has continued to dominate in the one-day format.On Saturday, Rohit and Dhawan also brought up their 14th 100-run stand as India openers. Rohit is the only batsman to score three double hundreds in ODIs and he holds the record for the highest individual score in the formatIncluded in the Test squad against Australia Rohit returned home after scoring his first Test fifty outside Asia to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter.last_img

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