When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. The captain M.S.Dhoni and Suresh Raina showed their mettle as India amassed 301 for 7 in second one dayer against Sri Lanka at Jamtha, Nagpur on Friday.Dhoni, living a charmed life, registered his back to back century at Jamtha.
Dhoni obliged his Sri Lankan counterpart who gave him two lifes in the same over-a missed catch and a messed up stumping-by reaching his fifty. With both Dhoni and Raina getting a measure of Sri Lankan bowling the former opted for the Batting Powerplay after the 40th over. The duo shifted into the top gear in the next 5 over and the period yielded exactly 50 runs.
Ban on Dhoni:
International Cricket Council’s Dhoni was also banned for two One-day Internationals against Sri Lanka in Nagpur for slow over rate. This was a huge blow to the home team's prospects in the ongoing five-match series. In the absence of Dhoni, dashing opener Virender Sehwag has been named the captain for the next two one-dayers in Cuttack on December 21 and Kolkata on December 24.
Reason for the ban on Dhoni:
The thrilling second One-dayer ended about 45 minutes after the scheduled finish time because of frequent discussions between the Indian players during the closing stages of Sri Lanka's chase, prompting the International Cricket Council to impose the ban on the Indian captain.
The decision to ban Dhoni was taken by match referee Jeff Crowe of New Zealand, considering the quantum of extra time the Indians took to complete their allotted overs.
Formal announcement awaited for the action:
Formal announcement from the ICC is expected soon. It was still not known whether the two-match ban would come into effect immediately.
Karthik as a replacement for Dhoni:
Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who featured in India's Twenty20 squad against the Lankans, is likely to be inducted in the team as a replacement for the charismatic Dhoni.