India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai February 24, 2013

Dhoni's aggression swings balance

Stats highlights from the third day's play of the first Test in Chennai

After Australia started the day well, MS Dhoni's brilliant counterattacking double-century helped India seize the initiative. Here are highlights from the third day's play which saw the hosts end firmly in control.

  • MS Dhoni's 206 is his sixth Test century and highest score surpassing his previous best of 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. It is also his first century against Australia. Dhoni's knock is also the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper surpassing Budhi Kunderan's 192 against England in 1964 (also scored in Chennai). Four of the top six individual scores by Indian wicketkeepers have been made by Dhoni. The 206 is also the second-highest score by a wicketkeeper in Tests against Australia (highest for India). The highest is 210 by Taslim Arif in 1980. Dhoni is only 27 runs short of going past Andy Flower's record for the highest score by a wicketkeeper (232).
  • Dhoni's 206 is now joint-fifth on the list of highest individual scores by Indian batsmen against Australia. The highest is VVS Laxman's 281 in Kolkata in 2001. India have now scored seven double-centuries against Australia in Tests since 2000. England are a distant second, with three double-hundreds.
  • Dhoni scored 106 of his 206 runs against spinners, His scoring rate against the spinners was 6.23 (106 off 102 balls). He was most severe against Nathan Lyon, scoring 91 off just 73 balls at a scoring rate of 7.47. Against the pace bowlers, he scored 100 runs off 141 balls (run-rate 4.25). Dhoni scored 101 runs on the off-side (32 runs behind square) with 12 fours and two sixes. On the leg-side, Dhoni scored just 31 runs behind square but hit 74 runs in front of square including seven fours and three sixes. Off Nathan Lyon, who proved the most expensive, Dhoni scored 57 runs on the leg-side and 34 on the off-side.
  • The 206 is also the highest score by an Indian captain against Australia surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin's 163 in Kolkata in 1998. Among Indian captains with 2000-plus runs, Dhoni has the third-highest average (45.20) behind those of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Dhoni also became the seventh wicketkeeper to go past the 4000-run mark in Tests. His average is the third-highest in the group behind those of Andy Flower and Adam Gilchrist.
  • Dhoni's strike rate of 84.77 is the fourth-highest for an Indian batsman against Australia (100-plus scores). The highest is K Srikkanth's strike rate of 99.14 in Sydney in 1986. His strike rate is the fifth-highest for an Indian batsman for a 200-plus score. Virender Sehwag holds the top four spots on this list. The number of sixes hit by Dhoni (5) is joint-second on the list of most sixes hit by an Indian batsman in an innings against Australia. The highest is six sixes by Ravi Shastri in Mumbai in 1986.
  • The 109-run stand between Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the eighth ninth-wicket century stand for India and their first against Australia. It is also the first century ninth-wicket stand for India since the 143-run stand between Sunil Gavaskar and Syed Kirmani against West Indies in 1983. The partnership is also the eighth century stand for the ninth wicket in Tests against Australia and the first since the 180-run stand between JP Duminy and Dale Steyn in Melbourne in 2008.
  • Virat Kohli's century is his fourth in Tests and second against Australia. He has now scored 998 runs at an average of 41.58.
  • The 128-run stand between Dhoni and Kohli is the fourth-highest fifth-wicket stand in Tests played in Chennai. The highest is the 169-run partnership between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against Australia in 2001. For the fifth time overall and the first time against Australia, an Indian innings featured four partnerships in excess of 90.
  • Lyon conceded 182 runs off his 40 overs (economy rate 4.55) while picking up three wickets. The economy rate is the second-highest for an Australia bowler in Tests since 1990 (min 40 overs in an innings). Jason Krejza has the highest economy rate (4.90) during his bowling performance of 8 for 215 against India in Nagpur in 2008.
  • India's total of 515 is their 13th 500-plus score against Australia (second in Chennai). On the previous occasion they scored 500 against Australia in Chennai (2001), India won by two wickets. No team has lost after gaining a 100-plus lead in Tests in Chennai, Click here.for a list of defeats (after gaining the lead) for teams at the venue batting second and here for a list when teams have lost (after gaining the lead) batting first.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    It is not acceptable when you say that MS has hi batting average in ODIs because he comes at no 6 or 7 and stays not out most of the times.Hardly he gets 5 or 6 overs to bat and he scores some really quick runs. those batting up the order get to play nearly 30 to 40 overs on most of the occasions. If they cant score runs and maintain their avg, blame them and not MS for the position he bats at.!!!

  • mohan on February 25, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    @ Shahid Ali Leghari andy Flower made 232* against india thats why saangakkara's record not included

  • ttn on February 25, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Chepauk Stadium is where Dhoni, Ashwin played for years for CSK. They have mastered this ground.Put them in a dust bowl like Galle and i am sure they sure they will struggle. AUstralia looks hapless, wonder what will be the looks on ian healy,richie bernaud and mark taylor's face who were hyping up this AUssie team and M Starc. But still Adam Gilchrist is a better Batsmen keeper(Avg of 45) and Prasanna Jayawardene (even a biased ian healy's praise) a better Keeper Batsmen than Dhoni. Even T Dilshan,V Sehwag,K Williamson,M Clarke can bowl better than Lyon.

  • uncle bob on February 25, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    More thzn the stats, this inning of Dhoni was significant due to demoralizing effect on opposing players. If only you remember body language of starc when he tried in vain to stop a boundary of Pattinson. The hapless expression on his face and the body language of other player who fetched the ball was priceless. Hail Dhoni.

  • vivek on February 24, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    @baseball_sucks: Using Tennis as an analogy, would you say that only Wimbledon is true tennis because it is on grass and the Us Open or French open are not because they are on difference surfaces? Champions excel on all surfaces and that is what seperates the good from the great. So it is in cricket. You should relish the differences because it brings out the best. Quit being so ethnocentric.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    To All u Aussie Fan's please do not cry or complain about the pitch or condition ,, this is called home advantage ,, remember u guys had it and u guys exploited our batting order as well ,, we Indians haven't forgotten the 0-4 that happened to us.

  • Amila on February 24, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    @ Shahid Ali Leghari; Kumar Sangakkara scored 287 vs SA at SSC, Colombo in 2006 as a specialist batsman. In that Test match Prasanna Jayawardhana was the wicket keeper.

  • LAVIGNE on February 24, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    MS Dhoni is not yet out ! And he can improve his score of 206 not out. This article is much too early ... Unless India declare at the start of the 4th which is very very unlikely !

  • Amila on February 24, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @ krismanu; Yes you can't compare MSD and Sangakkara's averages in ODI matches. Sangakkara bats at #3 which has a high probability to get out before 50 overs completed. But MSD bats at #6 or 7 where there is high probability to be a not out batsmen at the end of the innings. Sangakkara 316 innings 33 not outs. MSD 196 innings 56 not outs. That's why MSD has a better average. Anyway MSD is one of the best ODI batsmen. Sanga is one of the best Test batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    among the wicketkeepers the highest score is of kumar sangakara against south africa i.e,287 runs.I don't understand why he is not included

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