In came local boy Ravichandran Ashwin (31 not out) who struck a record unbeaten seventh wicket partnership of 125 runs off 100 balls with his skipper to see India past the 200-mark. This was India's best seventh wicket partnership so far.
Dhoni displayed his big-hitting prowess in the death overs destroying the figures of Irfan and Junaid. He hit seven boundaries and three sixes, including one to reach his eighth ODI ton.
Despite tiring out, he stuck there eventually taking his team to a fighting total.
This was India's final match of a year that has seen them win just two series -- an ODI series against Sri Lanka and a Test series win over New Zealand.
In Image: Dhoni plays a stroke