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27th August 2017: When Dwayne Bravo Got the Better of MS Dhoni

On this day last year, India and West Indies played out a historic record-breaking T20I in Florida

Cricketnext Staff |August 27, 2017, 4:13 PM IST
27th August 2017: When Dwayne Bravo Got the Better of MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo have played together a lot — courtesy of the Indian Premier League. And it was because of the time which they shared during their time in the league, one was able to read the other's mind and get the better of him.

On this day last year, India and West Indies played out a historic record-breaking T20I in Florida, where the two teams set multiple new milestones. A total of 489 runs were scored in this clash, which still remains a world record. Also, the batsmen from both these teams hit a combined total of 32 sixes, which is also a record.

The match was Men In Blue's first ever on American soil and they ended up on the losing side in a thriller. However, this match will forever be remembered for Bravo's brilliance right at the end.

Batting first, West Indies posted a huge total of 245/6 in 20 overs — courtesy of a sensational ton from Evin Lewis (100 off 49) and Johnson Charles (79 off 33 balls). R Ashwin was the only Indian bowlers whose economy rate was under 10 as the Windies batsmen took them to task.

However, on this batting paradise in Florida, India came agonisingly close of the target as opener Rohit Sharma slammed a 28-ball 62 and KL Rahul slammed a majestic unbeaten 110. Rahul was ably supported by MS Dhoni who ended the innings with 43 runs of 25 deliveries.

India needed two runs off the last ball, with the cool MS Dhoni to face it. But his former CSK teammate Dwayne Bravo read perfectly what was going inside his former skipper's mind.

Anticipating that Dhoni would look for a single to tie the game, Bravo bowled a slow dipping off-cutter. Dhoni tried to push it to the off side but only managed an edge and was caught at short third man, giving Windies a one-run victory.

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