After that Dhoni faced the conventional white ball and practised his trademark shots in a lengthy session at the nets.
A fit-again pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who missed the last ODI in Ranchi, bowled with vigour as eight Indian players turned up for the optional practice session.
The weather remained bright and sunny, clearing any apprehension of a downpour due to cyclone Kyant, which has subsided.
Included in place of Bumrah in the last one-day international, Dhawal Kulkarni bowled full and lacked control in Ranchi, conceding 8.42 runs per over for his 1/57 as New Zealand got off to a splendid start.
With Bumrah looking fit, he may be brought back into the playing XI on Saturday.