In the rain hit first match of the series between India and visiting Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wrapped up the unique record of scoring 100 half centuries across all formats of the game.
The 79 run blitz by Dhoni put India to a total of 281 runs after batting first. The half century studded with four boundaries and two sixes was the 66th ODI half century of one of the finest hard hitters in modern cricket.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the 13th cricketer and fourth among Indians to accomplish the feat. Sachin Tendulkar scored highest number of half centuries across formats, he thrashed 164 half centuries.
Rahul Dravid is in the second position with 146 half centuries and Sourav Ganguly stands third with 107 of them.
The 36 year old Dhoni lost his wicket in 49th over, in fact it was the first dismissal of the wicket keeper batsman in his last innings. He played 88 deliveries.
India was at 64/4 in one stage when Mahendra Singh slaughtered Aussie bowlers to raise the score into a compatible one.
Hardik Pandya scored highest 83 runs for India. The home team is one up in the series realizing through a slender D/L win of 26 runs.