A look back at seven match-winning knocks by Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Here's a look back at seven match-winning knocks by MS Dhoni

183* vs Sri Lanka, 2005

The third match of the seven-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka was played at Jaipur, where Sri Lanka batting first put up a total of 298 runs.

Dhoni came in to bat at Number three after Sachin Tendulkar was out. 

He scored an unbeaten 183 and won India the match with almost 4 overs to spare. 

It is MS Dhoni's highest ODI score till date.

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148 vs Pakistan, 2005

India batting first were playing in the second ODI against Pakistan.

India lost Tendulkar early and Dhoni came in to bat alongside Virender Sehwag. 

Dhoni made his maiden ODI century finishing with 148 runs off 123 balls. 

India made a staggering total of 356 runs and won by 58 runs. 

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72* vs Pakistan, 2006

India were playing hosts Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium chasing 289 runs.

India found themselves at 190 for 5 after 35 overs and the chase seemed far fetched.

Dhoni came to the crease and took matters into his own hands and scored a 35 ball half-century setting up a partnership with Yuvraj Singh on the other end. 

Dhoni scored 72 from 46 balls which included 13 fours. 

Pakistan's former president Parvez Musharraf praised Dhoni for his brilliant batting and also advised him to keep his famous long hair at the post-match presentation.

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91* vs Sri Lanka, 2011

Dhoni's best knock probably was the one that he played in the ICC World Cup Final 2011. 

He came out to bat after the partnership between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli was broken and Kohli was out for 35. 

He put on a partnership with Gambhir and took India into a comfortable position. 

He then hit the winning six off Nuwan Kulasekara and won India the World Cup after 28 years.

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44* vs Australia, 2012 

India were playing against Australia chasing 270 runs with opener Gautam Gambhir giving India a solid start.

Dhoni came in late after Suresh Raina was dismissed and found India in a tough spot when 13 runs were needed off the last over. 

Ravichandran Ashwin just managed one run from the first two ballsand now Dhoni needed to make 12 runs off 4 balls. 

Facing pacer Clint McKay, Dhoni hit a 112 metre long six which changed the equation and Dhoni took India to a thrilling victory in the last over.

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45* vs Sri Lanka, 2013

India were facing Sri Lanka in the final of the Tri-series hosted by West Indies. 

Sri Lanka batted first and put up a total of 201.

India had lost nine wickets and they required 15 runs from the last over.

Dhoni was at the crease with Ishant Sharma he took India home with two balls to spare and India won Tri-Nation series because of his match-winning knock of 45 off 52 balls.

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92* vs South Africa, 2015

India were playing against South Africa at home and were put into a tough spot by the South African bowlers, reducing them to 104-5.

Dhoni with his knock of 92 that included 7 fours and 4 sixes took India to a safe total of 247 runs. 

Indian bowlers backed-up Dhoni's efforts in batting and bowled out South Africa for 225 and India sealed a comfortable victory.

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