The 2nd T20I between India and South Africa was threatened with the possibility of rain but in the end, it was raining sixes at the SuperSport Park, Centurion with the hosts chasing down an intimidating total of 188 runs.
Both teams didn’t have the greatest of starts as team India was down to 45/3 in the fifth over having lost the likes of Shikhar Dhawan (24), Rohit Sharma (0) and Virat Kohli (1). However, it was a ball bashing partnership between MS Dhoni (52) and Manish Pandey (79), which helped the Men In Blue achieve a respectable total of 188 runs in their 20 overs.
From a precarious position of 90/4 after losing Suresh Raina (30) in the eleventh over, MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey added 98 runs for the fifth wicket and took India to a 188-run first innings total. While the 28-year old kept the scoreboard ticking during his enterprising 48-ball 79, MS Dhoni rolled back the clock by registering an aggressive knock of 52 runs from just 28 balls.
However, in between that 98-run unbeaten partnership, there came a moment which made instant headlines and has become the talk of the town. The incident happened in the last over of the innings when MS Dhoni lost his cool while giving Manish Pandey an earful for not concentrating on the game.
While we have seen MS Dhoni aka ‘Captain Cool’ losing his temper in the past, it is still a rarity but what makes this incident even more special is the kind of verbal Indian delicacies that came out from the former Indian skipper’s mouth.
This is what MS Dhoni said. “Oye. Bh****ke. Idhar dekh le. Udhar kya dekh raha hai. Which translates to, “Look here. Why are you staring over there”.
The comment was recorded on the stump mic and some of the fans even recorded the video and made it viral on the internet.
Watch: MS Dhoni Losing His Cool On Manish Pandey And Hitting Paterson For A Six On The Next Ball
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However, on the very next ball, MS Dhoni channelized his anger and gave Manish Pandey another lesson with a six off Paterson.
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MS Dhoni, well aware of the Proteas’ potential didn’t want to waste a single opportunity of stealing quick singles and after taking a single on the first ball of the 20th over, the two-time World Cup winning captain got angry due to lack of concentration on Pandey’s part.
But who was unnerved with this incident is still unknown as Dhoni hit the next ball for a six, followed by two consecutive boundaries.
In response, Jean-Paul Duminy and Heinrich Klaasen led South Africa to an easy victory with their respective individual scores of 64 and 69. The hosts won the match by 6 wickets to level the series by 1-1, with 8 balls still remaining to be played.