Indian cricketer MS Dhoni unleashed his finishing skills to win a charity match at the Oval in London. Playing for Help for Heroes (HFH) XI, Dhoni struck an unbeaten 38 off 22 balls to win the T20 match against Rest of the World (ROW) XI. Dhoni struck a boundary in the last over to win the match with three balls to spare. The charity match raised £300,000 for British soldiers who were injured in the line of duty.
Many former and current cricketers took part in this match. For ROW XI, former Australian cricketer Mathew Hayden and South Africa ex-captain Graeme Smith opened the batting. Hayden struck 36. With ROW reeling at 76/2, Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene combined to take the score to a competitive 158/6 in 20 overs. Dhoni had a couple of smart catches and stumpings to boot.
HFH replied brilliantly as Virender Sehwag (30) and Andrew Strauss (26) notched up 63/0 in six overs. Both were dismissed quickly and another couple of wickets – Damien Martyn and Herschelle Gibbs – saw HFH needing 82 runs to win off last 10 overs.
Dhoni took the lead and in the company of Major Storm Green (British Army) and Middlesex’s David Malan saw HRH home with three balls to spare. Dhoni was declared man of the match for his all-round show.