MS Dhoni's love for football is already widely known, the former India skipper never leaves a chance when it comes to flaunting his skills be it on the ground or indoors. While trying to keep himself engaged and warmed up during the rain delay in the third T20I against New Zealand at Trivandrum, Dhoni involved in some 'soccer volleyball' with the Kiwis off the field.
In a video posted by New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, he is seen playing footvolley with Dhoni, Manish Pandey and Tom Bruce. Guptill posted the video during the rain-curtailed third T20I between India and New Zealand on Tuesday.
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Guptill posted on his official Instagram handle, “What do you do in a rain delay? Play soccer volleyball with @tombruce42 @mahi7781 and @manishpandeyinsta !”
Indian bowlers defended a modest-looking 67 with admirable discipline as the hosts pipped New Zealand by six runs in the rain-hit third Twenty20 to claim the series 2-1 in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Playing spoilsport, the rains reduced the decisive match of the series and first ever International match at Greenfield Stadium to an eight-overs per side affair.
Stroke-making was not easy under the conditions and all the hosts could manage to put on board was 67 for five, featuring only seven boundaries, including three sixes.
However, the Indian pacers and spinners bowled their hearts out in a short but exciting contest. They were well supported by agile fielders.
A wily Bhuvneshwar Kumar mixed it up nicely after being hit for a gigantic six by Colin Munro (7) while Jasprit Bumrah was splendid with his line and length.
Bhuvneshwar cleaned up Martin Guptill (1) with a slower one while Bumrah saw the back of dangerous Munro.
The early wickets pegged New Zealand back and they could never settle and eventually buckled under pressure.
Young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal too contributed in choking the Kiwis, giving away only eight runs in his quota of two overs.
Hardik Pandya bowled the last over with the Kiwis requiring 19 runs. A massive six by Colin de Grandhomme threw tension in the air for the home fans but Pandya managed to pull it off.