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  • Last Updated : 02 May, 2019
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In an ODI Cricket World Cup finale, India were given a stiff target of 405 runs by Australia to chase . As India is quite good at chasing, India was on the brink of victory, thanks to the two chase masters of India – Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni . India were 403 for the loss of 3 wickets in 49.4 overs . So, India needed just three runs in two balls . This was not a big deal for the two talismanic batsman, however, both of them were facing a problem . Virat Kohli was not out on 198 and M.S. Dhoni was playing on 97 . Kohli was going to take the strike for the next ball . Both the batsman after chatting for a few minutes came out with a plan such that Virat Kohli can get a double century, M.S. Dhoni can get a century and also India wins the match, with the two batsman remaining not out .

Can you guess what was the plan ???


  1. Both the remaining balls will be legal, i.e., no wide, no noballs .
  2. Only three runs is required of the final two balls .


Both the batsman made a plan to accomplish all the goals in the next two balls, i.e., Kohli getting a double century, Dhoni getting a century, India winning the match with both of them still being not out . The plan was to do the following on the two balls left –

BALL 1- Kohli will take three runs but will run 1 shot run (not touching the line on the batting crease, while running ), in this way only two runs will be awarded to India and Kohli will get a double century and M.S. Dhoni will now be on the strike for the last ball ( because they ran three runs ).

BALL 2-Dhoni can hit the ball for either a three, four or even a six, and lead India to victory along with his century.

In this way both the batsman can accomplish what they wanted, without defying any cricket logic .

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