semifinal of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17 was played between Jharkhand and
Bengal. It was scheduled to be held on Friday (March 17), but had to be
rescheduled to Saturday following a fire that engulfed the hotel where the
Jharkhand team was staying - in Dwarka, New Delhi.
Jharkhand won the toss, and skipper MS Dhoni asked Bengal to bat first. The decision turned out to be a mistake after Bengal openers put up an excellent partnership of 198 for the first wicket. Both the openers Shreevats Goswami and A R Eswaran scored a ton each.
Dhoni used as many as four bowlers inside 16 overs, but they didn’t provide the team a much needed breakthrough.
Shreevats Goswami struck a awe-inspiring century but was dismissed for 101 off 99 balls. Easwaran too gone past his ton, coming off 120 balls, but he was unfortunately run out, incidentally for 101. Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary didn’t waste any time in getting going. Bengal after a huge first wicket partnership was taken over 300 by their captain.
Manoj Tiwary scored unbeaten 75 and took the score to 329 eventually. Manoj Tiwary scored with a strike rate of 150+ and hit 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Jharkhand in reply didn’t get a good start and lost their first wicket in just 6th over on 20 runs. Dhoni’s team missed their opener Ishan Kishan due to calf muscle problem. Jharkhand needed two good partnerships to stay in the hunt. Chasing a huge target needs contribution from all top order batsmen, but they didn’t get any.
Losing 3 wickets under 100 runs and chasing 330 looked very difficult for Jharkhand , until the Jharkhand skipper M.S.Dhoni and Saurabh Tiwary added a half century partnership. Things were critical and Jharkhand was still in the game, but Tiwary trying to accelerate got bowled by Ashok Dinda, falling 2 short of his half century.
However, crowd which came to watch Dhoni didn’t get disappointed, as the former Indian captain scored 70 runs which included 3 fours and 3 sixes. After Saurabh Tiwary, Dhoni had a good partnership with Ishan Jaggi. The partnership was of 47 runs and just when it was time to accelerate in the last overs Pragyan Ojha literally sealed the game for Bengal. He dismissed Dhoni in 44th over.
After Dhoni’s dismissal, Jharkhand was barely in the game. Captain’s dismissal was followed by well settled Ishank Jaggi (59) who got out after scoring a half ton. Fans were expecting him to finish the game after Dhoni dismissed by he couldn’t take his team through.
Bengal won the game by 41 runs and bowled out Jharkhand on the last ball of the game. From Bengal, Kanishk Seth and Sayan Gosh picked up 2 wickets each and the experienced Pragyan Ojha bagged a five-for.
CLIPS OF DHONI'S BATTING IN THE VIJAY HAZARE SEMIFINAL
Here is how Dhoni got dismissed.