MS Dhoni, India cricket

MS Dhoni was in his full element when India played against Sri Lanka at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Wednesday. The Jharkhand man scored a quick fire 39 from 22 balls, and it was his powerful straight drive past the bowler, which became the talking point for some time as well.

It was in the 14th over of the match while Akila Dhananjaya was bowling that the former Indian skipper came down the track and hit him for a four. In the process, at the non-striker's end, KL Rahul had to take some evasive action as the ball travelled towards him at the rate of knots.

However, Rahul was quite unfortunate. In fact, his quick reflexes saved the day for him. The batsman quickly jumped in the air to let the ball go past.

Here is a look at the video.

After the match, Rahul said, "He almost killed me as soon as he came into bat."

Rahul and Dhoni played an important hand in helping India win the first T20I. Rahul top-scored with 61 runs, which included 7 fours and one six while Dhoni hit 39. The two looked in brilliant form at the middle, taking the attack to the opposition.

Both the players made a massive statement in Cuttack. Rahul has not been a regular member of the India's playing XI, but he proved his worth with a solid batting performance. And Dhoni, who had come under severe criticism in the last T20I series against New Zealand, silenced his critics after coming into bat at number four.

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was also full praise for Dhoni and felt that the 36-year-old should be given a the freedom to play his innings.