MS Dhoni sent a timely reminder to all his critics, as the legendary player hit a whirlwind 52 of 28 balls to take India to a good score of 188.
India were seemingly in trouble when they lost Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli with only 45 runs on the board, as the likes of Raina, Pandey and Dhoni had to step up and perform for his side.
While Raina played a decent hand, it was Pandey and Dhoni who played brilliantly and put on 98 runs together. Pandey was the aggressor initially as he hit a superb 79 of 48 runs.
Then MSD took over, as one of the greatest finishers in the game did what he does best, and took India easily past the 175 runs mark.
A couple of vintage shots at the death had the Indian fans crooning, as Dhoni brought back a little bit of the old magic back tonight.
Here are the best Twitter reactions!
Waah ! Dhoni , kya maara. Great innings from Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni and 188 is a very competitive score #SAvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 21, 2018
Last 4 overs 55 . Hathyar chalana nahi bhoolein, Special hits from a special player , Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Great effort from Pandey as well. Best wishes to the bowlers to defend 188
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 21, 2018
With due respect to all our legendary cricketers, i feel after Sachin, #Dhoni is the most loved cricketer in India & among Indians worldwide. When he score runs, India celebrates. God bless him.. #IndvsSA
— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) February 21, 2018
It seems that I missed some vintage Dhoni stuff…happiness is to see the Indian middle-order clicking. 👏👍🏏 #SAvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 21, 2018
That six from MS verithanam💪💪 💪
Dhoni Dhoni 🔥 pic.twitter.com/C46vQhOG2T
— Thala My Hero (@iamRajcitizen) February 21, 2018
— 🇮🇳ये है पातालवाणी 🇮🇳 (@BaeWafaaa) February 21, 2018
Today Scenario.. 😂😂😂😂😂
1. Dhoni fans 2. Cricket Fans 😂🏃 pic.twitter.com/9owJLk78KH
— ♔.. கிங்மேக்கர் ..♔ (@iam_akfan) February 21, 2018
#Dhoni on 🔥. Watching a t 20 after long let’s gooo indiaaaaa
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 21, 2018
First 19 Balls
Runs – 24
— DHONIsm™ ♥ (@DHONIism) February 21, 2018
— Màddy Logesh (@MaddyLogesh) February 21, 2018
DHONI haters right now 😹😹😹 pic.twitter.com/79jITAu5mw
— Freelance 007 (@James_Beyond) February 21, 2018