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NEW DELHI: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fourth fastest batsman to score 8000 runs in ODIs on Friday even as India lost the fifth and final ODI to New Zealand in Wellington on Friday.
The 32-year-old India skipper has achieved this feat in 214 innings. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and Brian Lara have scored faster than him.
Chasing 304 thanks to another century (102) by Ross Taylor, India fell short by 87 runs and suffered one of the massive ODI defeats of 0-4.
Openers Shikhar Dhawan (9) and Rohit Sharma (4) failed to give India a good start. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli tried to repair the damage, but Rahane fell for 20.
Then Kohli and Dhoni accelerated the scoring, but Kohli perished on 82 while trying to hit a massive six off Nathan McCullum. It was his 29th half century.
Dhoni went for 47 and the rest of the batsmen failed, and India lost the match by 87 runs and the series 0-4.