MS Dhoni continues to score runs as he accumulated an unbeaten 48 runs off 33 balls in the second ODI against New Zealand. The former skipper scored his runs at a strike rate of more than 145. It was his vital contribution that took Men in Blue to 324 from the allotted 50 overs. He was given a loud welcome by the Indian fans when he walked back to the pavilion after the end of first innings.

At 173-2 after 30 overs India was on target for a total well in excess of 350 but it dawdled at times in the late stages of its innings, going 25 balls without a boundary after the 40th over. Only a spritely late partnership of 53 from 26 balls between Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, who hit 22 from 10 balls with three fours and a six, lifted India comfortably beyond 300. Dhoni also pulled off a slick stumping to remove Ross Taylor (22) from the bowling of Jadhav.

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