MS Dhoni scored a quick half century on the 2nd day of the second test match against New Zealand and helped his team secure a huge first inning lead.

The Indian captain walked onto the ground in quite a tricky situation, but, he counter attacked in his own style and put up a 100-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane to take the match away from the hosts.

Dhoni would not have come into this match in a perfect state of mind as so many negative things were being said about him back home in India, but, he showed why he is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers in the world. While he was out there batting, not for a single moment did it seem that he was under pressure. He tried to take the attack to the opposition right from the word go.

The first bowler that Dhoni took on after walking in was Neil Wagner who was bowling quite well at that point of time. The powerful right hander went after Wagner with full intent. He smacked him for four boundaries on the trot and forced the opposition captain Brendon McCullum to opt for a defensive field.

Once McCullum pushed the field back, Dhoni settled down and started dealing in singles and doubles with odd boundaries. The veteran wicketkeeper was looking all set for his first test hundred overseas, but, it wasn’t to be. In his attempt to guide a short, rising delivery towards fine leg, he inside edged it to BJ Watling and his brilliant knock came to an end.

However, by batting that way, he gave strong answer to those people who were not only questioning his captaincy, but, also, his spot in the Indian test team. Now, he would like his bowlers to bowl New Zealand out cheaply on the 3rd day.