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This day, that year: MS Dhoni arrived with ton against Pak

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New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) For former India skipper MS Dhoni, who is due to lead Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming Indian Premier League later this week, April 5 holds special importance.

Exactly 16 years ago, the Ranchi lad scored his maiden international century (April 5, 2005), and that too against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam.

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The innings announced his arrival to the international scene.

“148 runs off 123 balls. Collision symbol 15 fours, four sixes. #OnThisDay in 2005, MS Dhoni slammed his maiden international century in an ODI. His Fire knock helped India post 356/9 against Pakistan, eventually winning the game by 58 runs!,” the International Cricket Council tweeted on Monday about that innings.

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That was only his second knock in ODIs.

The right-handed batsman, who was promoted to No. 3 in the batting line-up after the early dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar (2) added 96 with Virender Sehwag (74 off 40 balls, 12x4s, 2x6s) for the second wicket.

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Dhoni’s knock contained 15 fours and four sixes.

India made 356/9 in 50 overs and won the second ODI of the series by 58 runs.

No surprise, Dhoni won the man of the match award.

–IANS

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