Help for Heroes XI
Help for Heroes players celebrate the dismissal of Brian Lara on Thursday.Reuters

In a charity Twenty20 (T20) match between the Help for Heroes XI and Rest of the World (RoW) XI, India skipper MS Dhoni showed, yet again, why he is regarded as one of the greatest finishers in the game of cricket.

Help for Heroes had won the toss and chose to bowl. Andrew Strauss threw the ball to former English veteran seamer Darrern Gough to begin the proceedings and in no time, Gough had Graeme Smith's middle-stump cartwheeling at the KIA Oval on Thursday.

RoW had sent Matthew Hayden and Smith to open the batting for them. Smith got out cheaply, but Hayden showed some of his old touch. He took on the Help for Heroes bowlers right from the start, scoring 36 runs pretty quickly. He was dismissed by Graeme Swann, as he missed a flighted delivery outside the off-stump and was stumped by Dhoni.

Other than Hayden, it was only Mahela Jayawardene, who put a score of note, scoring 48 runs, which helped RoW to a total of 158 for the loss of six wickets. The Help for Heroes bowlers -- Gough, Matthew Hoggard, Swann and Mahmood -- did a decent job with the ball, under the flood lights.

Rest of the World had to chase down 159 runs, and they knew that they have a lot of firepower in their lineup. Virender Sehwag and Strauss came out to open the innings. The two openers got off to a superb start, adding 67 runs in seven overs. Sehwag scored a brisk 30 and Strauss added 26 runs.

However, wickets at regular intervals, after that opening meant, they required 80 runs in the last 10 overs, and it was then Dhoni who helped them home. He was as cool as he always is in such situations.

Dhoni did not throw his wicket away, and stayed not out on one end. At one point, the Help for Heroes required 22 off the last two overs, and it was Dhoni, again, who did the business.

Dhoni hit some wonderful boundaries in his knock of 38. Azhar Mahmood hit the winning boundary when Help for Heroes required four runs from four balls. Later, MS Dhoni was adjudged the man of the match for his composed innings.  

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