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MS Dhoni stars in Cricket for Heroes charity match

India’s limited-overs captain MS Dhoni starred in a finishing role as Help for Heroes XI beat the Rest of the World (ROW) XI in a ‘Cricket for Heroes’ charity game at the Oval in London on Thursday. The charity game, a fund-raiser for the British soldiers injured in the line of duty, featured some of international cricket’s biggest stars, past and present. Dhoni (38 off 22) hit a bounadry in front of a 20,000-strong crowd at the Oval in the final over of the game to help his side chase down ROW XI’s 158/6.

Brendon McCullum’s ROW XI batted first and got off to a brisk start with former Aussie international Matthew Hayden (36) starting aggressively. When Hayden was dismissed, ROW had reached 76 for 2. McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene added crucial runs in the second half of their innings to take the score to a competitive 158.

In reply, Virender Sehwag (30) and current Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss (26) turned back the clock in a blistering opening partnership to score 63 in the powerplay. Sehwag and Strauss fell before ROW struck to dismiss Damien Martyn and Herschelle Gibbs leaving the the Help for Heroes side requiring 82 to win off the final 10 overs.

Dhoni, in the company of Major Storm Green (British Army) and Middlesex’s David Malan, then unfurled a flurry of boundaries to reduce the asking rate. In true Dhoni style, the star finisher completed the chase with three balls to spare. He was named man of the match for his efforts.

“This was a fantastic end-of-season party, attended by a galaxy of cricketing stars and 20,000 happy cricket fans,” Surrey Chief Executive Richard Gould said. “To be able to have this good a time whilst raising nearly 300,000 for a wonderful cause is absolutely perfect and I would like to thank everyone who gave their time and effort to make it a truly memorable occasion.”

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