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West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, St Lucia

MS Dhoni plays an attacking pull Associated Press

MS Dhoni may have lost some of his sheen after the disastrous World Twenty20 campaign in England, but he's been at his best on this short tour to the Caribbean. In the second match he almost rescued India with a valiant 95, and today he showed his maturity with a well-paced 46 to shepherd his side to victory.

Dhoni took care to preserve his wicket even as his partners deserted him. Yuvraj Singh holed out to long-on and Rohit Sharma swung to deep midwicket but Dhoni hung around, hitting the occasional four to make sure the game didn't get away from India.

When opener Dinesh Karthik fell after a fine 47 India needed a relatively comfortable 111 from 89 balls, and with the next rain-break they needed 64 from 51 balls with nine wickets in hand, but a succession of wickets left India requiring 34 in four overs.

It was still anybody's game when India needed 11 off the final over. Curiously, Chris Gayle turned to Jerome Taylor, who had a poor game, instead of Ravi Rampaul, who had bowled a pretty decent 20th over. Dhoni killed the contest in the second ball with a six over deep midwicket. He picked the slower one and used his bottom-hand to swipe it with the wind over the midwicket boundary. Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan got the remaining four runs with a ball to spare.

It was a performance which fetched Dhoni the Man-of-the-Match award, and put him back in the elite club of players who average above 50 in one-dayers.