At Visakhapatnam, April 5, 2005. India won by 58 runs. Toss: India.
A maiden international century of unyielding brutality by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni
lit up a sleepy seaside town, overshadowed a stellar batting line-up, ensured overnight messianic
status and enabled India to go 2-0 up. Dhoni, sporting red-tinted hair and the strut of rock royalty,
unleashed a bewildering array of orthodox and impudent strokes, including four sixes, in his 148
off 123 balls, an Indian record against Pakistan. He began with a slapped straight drive for four
first ball, then grew irreverent, never more than when he played a ramped shot against Abdul
Razzaq that flew over the keeper's head. With Sehwag hitting a raucous 40-ball 74 and Dravid a
more measured fifty, India amassed 356 for nine, their third-highest one-day total. Pakistan chased
gamely, but never threatened. Razzaq scored a spirited 88, but ran out Inzamam in the 20th over.
That they ended 59 short with nearly six overs still in hand testified to the importance of that
Man of the Match: M. S. Dhoni.
© John Wisden & co.