Manish Pandey (left) and MS Dhoni stitched an unbeaten 98-run stand in the 2nd T20I at Centurion © AFP
Manish Pandey (left) and MS Dhoni stitched an unbeaten 98-run stand in the 2nd T20I at Centurion © AFP

MS Dhoni’s calm and composure are attributes envied in sports world. The best of pressure hasn’t managed to crumble the former Indian captain but Manish Pandey did manage to strip off the calm demeanour. It is seldom we see an angry Dhoni and Wednesday was one such night.

Dhoni and Pandey were involved in a big fifth wicket partnership to guide India to a respectable total in the second ODI against South Africa at Centurion. It was the first ball of the 20th over and Pandey managed a single. Dhoni, master in field manipulation, thought there was an opportunity to steal another run but to his ire Pandey was not paying attention.

It was Pandey’s turn to have a piece of Dhoni’s mind, who showed no hesitation to hurt out abuses.

The victim of Dhoni’s wrath was the bowler Dane Paterson, who was clobbered for a six over deep extra cover in the following ball and then there were back-to-back boundaries. He then got a two to bring up his second T20I fifty.

Dhoni batted nine for deliveries in the final two overs and scored 28 off it. The Dhoni-Pandey unbeaten stand of 98 from 56 balls took India to 188 in their 20 overs. South Africa, riding on the brilliance of Heinrich Klaasen and JP Duminy, chased down the total with eight balls to spare.