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India vs West Indies: MS Dhoni scores slowest 50 by an Indian in 16 years

MS Dhoni’s 50 against West Indies in the fourth ODI is the slowest half-century by an Indian in ODIs in the last 16 years. Dhoni;s effort went in vain as West Indies won the match by 11 runs.

It was the 46th over of the fourth One-Day International between West Indies and India in Antigua. Kesrick Williams was the bowler and MS Dhoni took a single off the first ball of the over to bring up his 50. It came off 108 balls, making it the slowest 50 of his career. India had surprisingly faltered while chasing down a meager target of 189 set by the opposition but Dhoni’s presence was one that brought a sense of calm to the proceedings.

It is the slowest half-century scored by any Indian in ODIs in 16 years. On a pitch that was described by Virat Kohli as two paced, Dhoni was unable to find the gaps or time his shots well enough. As wickets fell around him and the run-rate kept creeping higher, it looked increasingly as if the match needed a typical MS Dhoni finish.

It was partly due to the low target and the presence of Dhoni that India didn’t look like they would go on to lose the match. It came to a point when India needed 14 runs off the last seven balls with the former captain facing the last delivery of the 48th over.

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