Who would have predicted that: Vintage MS Dhoni 183* smashes record for highest score by wicket-keeper in ODIs
In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
Flowing hair, high backlift, and boom! Off she goes in the stands. MS Dhoni hit the ball to the boundary, or over it, 25 times in his record 183 not out against Sri Lanka in 2005. The Rajasthan Cricket Association President Lalit Modi later announced a cash reward of one million rupees for the knock.
Sri Lanka 298/4 (50 overs) - Kumar Sangakkara 138* (147), Mahela Jayawardene 71 (70); Ajit Agarkar 2/62 (10), Virender Sehwag 1/29 (4)
India 303/4 (46.1 overs) - MS Dhoni 183* (145), Virender Sehwag 39 (37); Muttiah Muralitharan 2/46 (10), Tillakaratne Dilshan 1/35 (5.1)
Result - India won by 6 wickets
When Sri Lanka posted 298 runs on the board, in spite of a flat Sawai Mansingh Stadium pitch in Jaipur, it was not going to be easy for India. It was 2005 and scores in the vicinity of 300 were still quite difficult to track down.
Kumar Sangakkara played an unbeaten hand of 138 for Sri Lanka. The stylish left-hander opened the batting and got good company in Mahela Jayawardene. The two mixed caution with aggression to give India a target just one shy of 300.
Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 5.5 ov), 2-77 (Marvan Atapattu, 20.1 ov), 3-228 (Mahela Jayawardene, 43.4 ov), 4-240 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 45.4 ov)
After both Indian openers were dismissed relatively quickly, MS Dhoni was promoted in the batting order at 3. The wicketkeeper-batsman had already smacked 148 against Pakistan the same year and looked the part, right from the outset.
Remarkably, he kept wickets for 50 overs and then batted for more than 46 overs to take India to the victory. The maverick blasted a record 183* runs off just 145 deliveries, hitting 15 fours and 10 sixes at a strike rate over 125 and was there at the end to see the team home.
120 of Dhoni's 183 runs came in boundaries as the Jharkhand batsman played a chanceless knock, which Rahul Dravid compared to Sachin Tendulkar's Desert storm innings. One of the best compliments an Indian batsman can ask for!
In the process, Dhoni also broke the record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper in ODIs, getting past Adam Gilchrist's 172.
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Sachin Tendulkar, 0.5 ov), 2-99 (Virender Sehwag, 14.5 ov), 3-185 (Rahul Dravid, 27.2 ov), 4-250 (Yuvraj Singh, 36.5 ov)
India - Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni (wk), Rahul Dravid (c), Yuvraj Singh, Venugopal Rao, Jai Prakash Yadav, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Murali Kartik
Sri Lanka - Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu (c), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Farveez Maharoof, Thilan Samaraweera, Russel Arnold, Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Upul Chandana
Match: IND v SL, 3rd ODI, Sri Lanka in India ODI Series
Date: Monday, October 31, 2005
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Umpires: Billy Bowden, Krishna Hariharan
Third Umpire: Arani Jayaprakash
Match Referee: Alan Hurst
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