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Updated: February 25, 2013 09:50 IST

Dhoni pounds Australia

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RIGHT ON TOP: Skipper M.S. Dhoni struck a recordbreaking unbeaten 206 as India finished on 515 for eight on day three of the first Test against Australia in Chennai on Sunday. Photo: V. Ganesan
The Hindu RIGHT ON TOP: Skipper M.S. Dhoni struck a recordbreaking unbeaten 206 as India finished on 515 for eight on day three of the first Test against Australia in Chennai on Sunday. Photo: V. Ganesan

Dhoni’s unbeaten 206 is the highest score by an Indian captain against Australia. His partnership with Virat Kohli (107) yielded 128 crucial runs.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 206 was high on octane and low on sympathy for the bowlers. Dismantling the Australian attack with strokes of thunder, the Indian captain made history at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

Fuelled by Dhoni’s undefeated innings — the highest score by an Indian captain against Australia in Tests — India ended the third day of the first Airtel Test at 515 for eight. On a surface with spots that is offering purchase for the spinners, the host leads by 135 in the first innings.

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The thirty-one-year-old Dhoni showed aggression, intent and character in the cauldron. Along the way, he became the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to reach the 4,000-run mark in Tests.

The day also witnessed a fighting 107 by Virat Kohli. The Delhi right-hander’s fourth Test century was a quality effort by a young batsman with a sound temperament and a healthy range of strokes.

Dhoni and Kohli added a valuable 128 runs for the fourth wicket. Then, Dhoni blazed away in a crucial unbeaten 109-run ninth-wicket partnership with debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16).

Rampant Dhoni

In a blitzkrieg that might have shut out Australia from the game, Dhoni plundered 109 runs in the extended session after tea. The Aussie pace attack, including the impressive James Pattinson, took a pounding, as the Indian captain, who has faced 243 deliveries so far and struck 22 boundaries and five sixes, punched, cut, drove and whipped.

Aussies clueless

And Dhoni’s sixth three-figure knock in Tests — also his first double hundred — included some massive hits over mid-wicket off Nathan Lyon. Indeed, the Aussie bowlers were clueless when the wristy batsman unleashed weighty blows.

Off-spinner Lyon left an expectant home crowd disappointed when he castled Sachin Tendulkar (81) in the morning. Then, Lyon and the rest of the Aussie attack ran into heavy weather against a the marauding Dhoni.

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India is to be the king at Chepauk few hours from now. Good luck to Dhoni

from:  Srinivasan Umashankar
Posted on: Feb 26, 2013 at 08:32 IST

It's surprising to see how fickle Indian fan can be..just few days
back they wanted Dhoni to resign and now they are praises for him.

Dhoni is the best Indian captain ever and people should start
appreciating that. What I love about him the the way he rises back and
gets up every time India or his captaincy is in trouble. Inspiring
personality.
From M S Dhoni to Roger Federer:The inevitable truth of failure and
struggle to become the best. bit.ly/XAFuSP

from:  Apeksha
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 22:13 IST

cograts..DHONI...keep it up.....

from:  ramana
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 11:57 IST

go india go!

from:  umesh bhagwat
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 06:32 IST

Indeed a wonderful innings to watch!

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 03:47 IST
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