Stats Analysis

Hardik Pandya's hat-trick habit

The key stats from the Indian innings in Chennai, which was highlighted by Hardik Pandya's blistering 83, and MS Dhoni's late charge

Bharath Seervi
The key partnership
118 - The partnership between MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, which came at a run rate of 6.10 in 19.2 overs. They lifted the innings from 87 for 5 to 205 for 6.
83 - Pandya's contribution to the partnership, off 66 balls, at a strike rate of 125.75. Dhoni's share was 29 off 50 balls, striking at 58.
Pandya's goes big
228.57 - Pandya's strike rate off his last 21 balls, after being 35 off 45. He began with 23 runs off Adam Zampa in the 37th of the innings, during a period when India took 50 runs off four overs.
4 - Number of times Pandya has hit three consecutive sixes in international cricket this year. He did it in the two matches against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, off Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, against Sri Lanka's Malinda Pushpakumara in a Test, and Adam Zampa in this match.
A Dhoni special
161.53 - Dhoni's strike rate - he scored 42 off 26 balls - after Pandya's dismissal. Dhoni hit his first boundary off his 67th delivery and then hit another five in his last 20 balls.
100.25 - Dhoni's average in ODIs in Chennai - 401 runs from six innings including two not outs. He has two centuries and a fifty at the venue.
8 - Sixes hit by Dhoni off James Faulkner in ODIs - the most he has hit off any bowler. He has six sixes against Tillkaratne Dilshan and Shane Watson. No other batsman has hit Faulkner for more than five sixes in ODIs. Dhoni has scored 182 runs off Faulkner at strike rate of 134.80 with two dismissals. In today's game Dhoni hit 30 from 27 balls off Faulkner, but this is pretty tame compared to how he handled him in the 2013 series: in the Mohali ODI in that series, Dhoni piled on 53 from 34 balls off Faulkner, while a couple of games later, in Bengaluru, he struck 27 off 15. Unlike those two games, Faulkner did eventually manage to dismiss Dhoni in Chennai.
241 - Unbeaten runs scored by Dhoni before getting out in this innings. He was not out in each of his last four innings, against Sri Lanka. He has got out only twice in his last nine ODI innings.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath