India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 3rd day

Dhoni's double builds large lead

The Report by Daniel Brettig

February 24, 2013

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India 515 for 8 (Dhoni 206*, Kohli 107, Tendulkar 81, Pattinson 4-89) lead Australia 380 by 135 runs
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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli added 128 runs in partnership, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 3rd day, February 24, 2013
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli tore the Australian attack to shreds in the first 45 minutes after lunch © BCCI
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Spectators entered the M Chidambaram Stadium earnestly hoping to see a Sachin Tendulkar century. They were to leave it chanting the name of the unbeaten double-centurion MS Dhoni, after watching one of the most brutal and influential innings the ground has witnessed.

Crashing and caressing his highest score, Dhoni tilted the first Test firmly India's way after three days in Chennai. In a startling display of power and poise that amounted to a six-hour celebration of Dhoni's inimitable technique, Australia's bowlers, fielders and captain Michael Clarke were humbled. India lead by 135, but the psychological effect of such an innings is bound to be weightier than that, much as Tendulkar flattened Mark Taylor's team on this ground in 1998.

So supremely did Dhoni play, barely offering a chance, that he overshadowed a perfectly constructed century by Virat Kohli, who proved an ideal partner for his captain. Australia's worst fears of subcontinental conditions - an unresponsive pitch, neutered fast bowlers and uncontrollable Indian batsmen - were realised as Kohli and Dhoni tore the attack to shreds in the first 45 minutes after lunch.

It was a passage that sapped Australia, its after-effects notable in the final session when a contest once finely balanced now looked almost as lopsided as that between Dhoni's top and bottom hands for control of the bat. The debutant and No. 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar played the pesky tail-end role with aplomb, and by the close had taken part in a record, unbroken ninth-wicket stand for India against Australia. In all, 144 runs were ransacked after tea.

Pattinson was clearly his side's best and most threatening bowler, but Nathan Lyon's three wickets came at far too great a cost, and the rest were unable to make anything more than the most fleeting passing impact. Added to the tourists' concerns was the sight of Clarke stretching his back after a bowling spell; the draining day was elongated by a tardy over rate.

There had been immediate evidence of Australian adjustments in the field when play resumed. Pattinson and Siddle bowled without a slip but a tight ring field, denying the batsmen boundaries and homing in on the stumps with the odd short ball thrown in.

After taking an over or so to settle, Pattinson and Siddle charged in for a sustained period of high-quality bowling on a pitch that gave them nothing, only a hint of reverse swing aiding their cause. So tight was their work that four consecutive maidens ticked by at one point, Pattinson holding his head in his hands when he let the sequence lapse with a Tendulkar single behind square leg.

This outstanding partnership was to be exhausted without reward, but Lyon soon became its chief beneficiary. In his first over replacing Siddle, Lyon had Kohli blinking as two deliveries landing in the rough behaved with bipolar variation - the first a grubber outside off stump, the second a jumper that narrowly evaded short leg. Next over Tendulkar stretched to drive a nicely looped offbreak that drifted, dipped to land in a footmark, and spun back to take an inside edge then clip leg stump. Lyon's joy was unrestrained, but Pattinson and Siddle deserved plenty of credit.

Dhoni arrived with India becalmed. He responded with hard hands and aggressive shots, while Kohli heeded his captain's example and pulled a Lyon long hop into the crowd beyond midwicket to help them regain their voice. Boundaries began to leak again where previously none could be found, and the 50 stand was raised at better than four an over.

Lunch came and went, and the arrival of the second new ball was the signal for Dhoni to launch the most brazen of batting assaults. Taking advantage of a harder projectile more waywardly delivered by Australia's bowlers, Dhoni's blade flashed in the afternoon sun as boundaries piled up. Kohli reached his century in the middle of this period when Pattinson drifted onto his pads.

Moises Henriques' return to the attack had Dhoni smearing him contemptuously into the stands at wide long-off, and seven overs with the new ball had given up no fewer than 54 runs when Lyon returned. At once Kohli's ambition outstripped his prudence, and Starc claimed a fine overhead catch at mid-on. Ravindra Jadeja made a careful start, and faced a trio of lbw appeals as Pattinson and Starc extracted the sharpest reverse swing of the match so far.

Pattinson's composure appeared to be slipping with each unsuccessful shout, but minutes before tea, his move around the wicket had Jadeja bowled shouldering arms. Dhoni remained, however, conserving his wicket in the lead-up to the interval then advancing again as the evening session commenced.

Others fell by the wayside - R Ashwin edged Lyon onto the stumps via his boot, and Harbhajan Singh gifted Henriques a first Test wicket with an unseemly waft that did not impress Dhoni - but Bhuvneshwar provided sturdy support. Dhoni toyed with the strike, taking singles at times and spurning them at others, and invariably connecting cleanly when he deigned to swing for the fences.

Australia's bowlers and fielders gradually wilted, Ed Cowan missing a tough chance from Bhuvneshwar while others misfielded, and Pattinson's pace dipped as steadily as Lyon's bite. All the while, the lead grew from awkward to match-defining dimensions. Such a possibility had seemed so unlikely at the moment Tendulkar fell.

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Posted by fguy on (February 26, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

2/2 also see what henriques said abt this pitch ("that its a challenge but thats what so great abt playing test cricket in diff countries"). is it any wonder with a positive attitude like that he was one of the best players on display. i love seeing india play in aus/sa/eng rather than say SL (even though we usually win there) only coz the conditions are so different. i'm sure a lot of non-sub continent true cricket fans enjoy matches like this one for the same reason. its so boring to read 50% comments about pitches can we all just move on & talk abt actual performances?

Posted by fguy on (February 26, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

@Jason Bray. thank you. the first sensible comment i've read. all non-indian fans accuse them of being rube-ish in their behaviour & a few are but it seems that there is an equal number in every country incl. australia. indian fans were accused of being bad sports when they trotted out excuses of pitches/umpiring etc but the same accusers are doing it (sometimes to even greater extent). there's too much talk of pitches i feel. they are the same for both sides & its how the teams adapt to different kinds that shows how skilled they are. that's why cricketers (& most sensible fans) cherish overseas performances/wins than home ones. coz it shows that they are able to play in different conditions. thats why a virat rates his 100 in adelaide above the few others he's got & thats why KP rates his 100 in mumbai test as one of the best. thats why i hated gambhir's statment in Aus ("so what if we struggle here they struggle there") coz it showed his defensive/negative attitude.. 1/2

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 25, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

Agree with @Jose Puliampatta - Two great guys from the past are telling the whole day, loud and clear, "OUR DAYS ARE OVER". Sehwag & Harbhajan - they are literally begging to be dropped. How come the selectors can't see that??

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

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.

Posted by g.narsimha on (February 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Wajahat Afaq-Hats off man, i am a regular on this web , i have to amdit best coments i ever read on these thread what a grand tribut to great grand old man of modern day cricket still going strong .

Posted by JG2704 on (February 25, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

@Shan156 on (February 24, 2013, 19:03 GMT) Well written post as always but I fear it's wasted

Posted by Ganga789 on (February 25, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Congrats Dhoni and team. As I commented yesterday͵ Aus made a mistake in not picking up a second spinner. 3 quicks in sweltering Chennai is an absolute NO-NO. A spinner in tandem with Lyon could have taken that additional wicket or two that would have made all the difference. As it happened - India stuck to the plan - the waiting game in first session - cautious aggression in the second as the quicks steadily depreciate - and all out attack in the third - complete domination over the exhaustion caused by the heat - to finish the day on a high. I am amazed Aus being such a hot desert country their players cannot stomach Chennai heat.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 25, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

@Venkat_Gowrishankar on (February 24, 2013, 23:12 GMT), I think you misread me, I've not said the things you think I've said. I'm australian and I'm enjoying the challenge. Just easing the tension that's all. BTW I have a lot of respect for you culture. I've been inside the Padmabhaswamy temple in trivandrum, with special dispensation, it was amazing to see the very small solid gold Rhada and Krisna with let by the trumpets. I've been inside that very small temple in Kanyakumari during the Kali festival. And I've lived in Coimbatore for a few months. Plus I can recite 108 names of Daksinaurti, so you never can tell.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Too much width from Aussie bowlers. 2004 tactics of bowling straight and putting extra fielders on legside to cut off boundaries worked a treat, but yesterday the bowlers could not straighten up the line. Why bowl wide of off stump when the ball keeps low and there are no slips in place? I would say they weren't following the game plan. Kohli and Dhoni broke down the Australian plan and congratulations should go to them. Lyon needs to watch where the Indian spinners pitch the ball. He bowls Australian length, which is too short

Posted by trav29 on (February 25, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

sometimes 5 wicket hauls are due to outstanding individual performances , sometimes they are when one bowler bowls reasonably well as part of an otherwise toothless attack. pattinson's in this innings is more in the second category than the first.

Posted by Hammond on (February 25, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

Australia's test fortunes fading slowly (to the tune of the last post). Dhoni just loves bog average bowlers. He's scored more against this Aussie attack in one innings than he did in 4 test matches against a superior England attack just a few months ago.

Posted by AhmedEsat on (February 25, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Double century for Lyon.It must be tough without support from the other end.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Dhoni has got the highest runs by an Indian Test Cricket Captain - beating SRT's 217. Congrats!!!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 25, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

@IndianSRTfan, you are correct that Statchin was a huge force or the singular force. But that was before Dravid's debut. I take an honest objection when Statchin fanboys make us intellectually 'challenged' and intellectually 'dishonest' persons believe that Statchin carried the burden of the team all alone for his entire career when there is the small matter of Dravid's and Statchin's careers happening together for 16 years, during which Dravid scored 13,288 runs. Wonder what is the difference between blind hero-worship and the ability to see reality! Reality clearly tells us that Dravid and VVS played an equal if not a bigger role than Statchin. As long as we have 'enlightened' and intellectually 'honest' Statchin fanboys on these boards, I'll keep throwing light at Statchin's career from 20th June 1996 to 24th Jan 2012 (period of Dravid's career for India). Give credit to all our heroes Dravid, VVS, Sehwag, Kumble and Dearest King Dada rather than to Statchin only. Cheers!

Posted by HabeebRaja786 on (February 25, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

MS Dhoni is a cricketer of its own kind.I reckon he is the best in his own way.My reasons are 1) I have not seen a guy who is physically more fit than him.His running between the wickets even at later part of his most innings is a treat to watch.Please take into account he is a keeper as well. 2) He is mentally one of toughest cricketer. He always perform better under pressure. 3) In home conditions his batting is second to none.One can argue his batting technique but he is a hell of an affective batsman.He has every potential to change any match. 4) I have not seen a better Captain than him in the game.

Being a pakistani I can only pray to have such a wicketkeeper batsman in my team.

Posted by SRISESH on (February 25, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

More than a good batting from MSD and BK, I believe it is a poor captaincy by Australian skipper. He left things to happen instead of attacking. He left Dhoni and Jadeja prosper with 40 runs partnership. If he learns from this, the subsequent tests will be harder for india, with a long tail.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

I think it would be better if the OZs play Watson in place of Henriques and Steven Smith as spinner (not sure if he is available though).. Small changes like these can make a big difference. One can always site the example of inclusion of Panesar into the english side.. He changed the entire complexion of the series in a single innings.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Sublime innings by Dhoni (one of the best I've ever seen from an Indian batsman) & a typically classy contribution by Kohli. Dhoni's strategy must surely now be to bat on till lunch (assuming he can continue to marshall the tail), gain a lead of 250 or so, then unleash his spinners on an exhausted & demoralised Australia. Atrocious bowling by the Aussies all day, which is what happens when your attack wilts in the sun & you have no second spinner to provide relief for the pacers who, in any case, were always going to be largely ineffectual on a pitch like this. Don't say we didn't warn you about the absolute necessity of picking two spinners, Oz.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

Congrats to Kohli and especially Dhoni for a pretty much flawless double century at an SR of 80! That was truly something special. The best hope for Australia now is for Dhoni to bat at a slow rate to eat up time and play defensively for the draw. That is unlikely but it could happen. For India to go for the win they need to declare right now and Dhoni needs to trust his bowlers to do the job on the deteriorating pitch.

Posted by AbelTasman on (February 25, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

It will a good test for some of the newer Aussie batsmen and a good chance for them to make their mark.

Posted by Rabbito on (February 25, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

i Think everyone is getting a bit carried away with bagging australia out, i mean facts are, it was fairly even apart from a freakish innings from dhoni. But i am a little concerned about Lyon, i was alway a fan, but whats beginning to change my mind is how inaccurate he was, i mean if he kept tossing it up accuratly, or even bowled flatter but accurately, then a) he probably wouldn't have got smashed, and b) if he did, it would be all credit to india batters, cause he still bowled well. But when you are bowling 1 full toss and 2 half trackers an over its never gonna have a good ending. @JG2704, in regards to the question about a better spinner, im afraid it leads back to one person. Steve O'Keefe, he is accurate, can bowl it faster accurately and also toss it up accurately, and can get some accurate variation. Not sure how much he turns it, but he'd have to turn it enough in india. There's the fact that hes got good experience so if they attack him, he has the ability to pull it back

Posted by a1234s on (February 25, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

12/2 is familiar territory for Sachin. watch any highlights and you will see him come in to bat at similar scores. Him and Pujara laid the foundation for that assault. Well done, Tendlya!!!....and ofcourse, great work from Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni and B.Kumar..

Posted by ShaneHes on (February 25, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

Will M Clarke be punished for yesterdays slow over rate? Even with an extra half an hour they still could not bowl 90 overs. What's going on?

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (February 25, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

There was a time when Oz cricketers in general and Ponting in particular, would say, "we play our cricket hard". This match will be a real test of whether the illustrious legacy Clarke has inherited still exists or not. The Oz attack, thus far, has been below par and nowhere near the likes of McGrath, Gillespie, Warne etc that once dominated the world. Dhoni has virtually wielded the sword with his master class and it will be a miracle for Australia to save this match. Players in this situation will normally get psyched by the thought of trailing 150+ I foresee Oz losing 3 wkts before wiping the deficit and another 4 with a 100-150 run lead -not enough to save the match, unless they play long, hard cricket.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

BCCI perhaps won't mind risking a Clarke here and there given the pattern of lbw's they have been securing for quite some time. They may at most agree to catches going under the purview of DRS (it happened once, I guess) as some strong lbw candidates seem to be behind their tenacity . In any case, the current form of DRS, with umpires like Erasmus in charge, may not serve much purpose.

Posted by crimsonbull on (February 25, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

If only we could play as good outside the Indian Sub-Continent ...

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

Go India go and win the match .................Good Luck from Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

Jadeja is not a bad choice, as a potential spinning all-rounder. His fielding and bowling are up to the mark. While bating, I clearly felt that the mental maturity is what is lacking. He looked, embroiled in anxiety, excitement, and a bit of nerves. One could see that Dhoni was trying to calm him down, but he was so engrossed in his mental confusion,and he was not getting it (Dhoni's advice). Don't forget, he is still quite young. How will he get that mental strength, unless given enough chances (at least half as much as we gave Rohit)

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

Would like to see an arm wrestling match between Warner & Dhoni. Both are good at 'strong arm tactics' -- in simple terms, even if they miss-hit, the power of the arm often gets the ball over the boundary! (Of course, they have the skills too).

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

Even now Warne can do a better job than most of his 'spinning' successors in the OZ team. Certainly better than Lyon. Warne is around in the commentary team. Oz do not have spend time or money to get him into the team in a jiffy -- if both sides (Warne and the selectors) are willing. If one of the younger OZ spinners plays along with him in India for the next few weeks, that will be the best training and induction the youngster/s can get.

Posted by kriketeer on (February 25, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

Dhoni's innings at chepauk will be compared to the one tendulkar played in 1998. Dhoni has scored on a much more difficult pitch, which makes it even more special. i am not a big fan of dhoni coming to test side, but this would be one of the best test innings as he rescued india from a tough situation to a match winning one.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Gautam Gambhir at least makes an effort to redeem his lost reputation, skills, and his legitimate position as an opener. Sehwag doesn't even try? Can we replace Sehwag with Gambhir in the second test itself?

Frankly, I prefer developing a NEW opening pair, excluding Sehwag, Gambhir & Vijay. But, if any one deserves just one more chance for redemption, it is Gambhir. Not the other two. While we narrow down on two youngsters, from the many contentors, I don't mind trying out good old Jaffer and not so old Gambhir.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

If Harbhaja was. inducted into the national team at 17 after 7 first class games, why not Rasool? Rasool would be an excellent replacement.

Posted by balajik1968 on (February 25, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

To be fair to Australia, there was only one quality bowler on display: Pattinson. Lyon capitalized on the tight morning spell of the seamers. He used the rough well but ran out of ideas once Dhoni took the rough out of the equation. I guess the guy is still a work in progress. I still don't understand why Hauritz was dropped like a hot potato. Sure the guy was toyed with by the Indian batsman, but then even Warne was toyed with. As for Kohli, well done, but he now needs to start thinking about playing big innings, i.e churn out 150's and 200's on a regular basis.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

Two great guys from the past are telling the whole day, loud and clear, "OUR DAYS ARE OVER". Sehwag & Harbhajan. How come the selectors can't see that? Hear that?

Posted by   on (February 25, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

Sid said it at the end of the running commentary: "DHONI OWNS THE DAY!" .What more anyone can say.

Posted by BG4cricket on (February 25, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

All I can say is wow ! Dhoni played one of the great Test innings here & has his team in the box seat as he toyed with the bowling. After the first hour it was a pretty undiscipled effort from the Aussies, poor fields, poor lines, poor bowling changes & a failure to recognise that in these situations you need to stem the bleeding with defensive bowling & field settings. Patto's effectiveness has surprised me & Siddle and Henriques were under bowled. Starc was very average and surely his place is in question for Doherty, Johnson or Bird. It will take a special batting effort to avoid defeat and Cowan & Watson in particular need to cash in if they get a start. Having said that perhaps there was evidence of the pitch flattening out but that could be wishful thinking that excuses bad bowling.

Posted by Captain_Oblivious on (February 25, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

is this the same ms dhoni who looked like a no.11 in australia and england? lol, no wonder he was calling for low, slow turners because he doesn't have the courage to face fast bowlers on normal wickets... ;)

Posted by ozzipom on (February 25, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

Well, well, well, England show the world exactly how to thrash this average Indian side, and what do Australia do? They pick a bowling lineup completely opposite to achieving the purpose. Their best bowler in Pattinson is extremely underused and even after seeing how the series between England and India turned on it's head after the inclusion of Panesar, why Oz didn't include Xavier Doherty I will never know. OK, he isn't the best around, but nonetheless a left arm spinner he is, and look what one of those did to India not so long back. Oz must put this right for the next game or I fear for them this series.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 24, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

Well done to India, in particular Kholi and Dhoni. Two very good innings that have pretty much put India in a win/draw position. I hope the Aussies can come back stronger in the next test. I think Johnson should play over Starc. If the ball isn't swinging starc is useless. At least Johnson has experience in these conditions and he is better at holding a good line and length.

Posted by cricfan65 on (February 24, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Alas, I just saw the highlights, but Dhon'is innings was incredible ! He hits the ball harder and cleaner than most anyone else in the game now. Having said that, this Aussie attack was woefully inadequate for this pitch. The quicks have pace, but not much else and Lyons is just not testworthy if he can't spin the ball in these conditions. I expect Ashwin to bowl rings around the batsmen in the 3rd innings. India have to go for fot the jugular !! 1-0 on the cards.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (February 24, 2013, 23:12 GMT)

@disco_bob:what is the issue?. I mean Is it wrong for fans to go overboard with their Idols?(Dhoni or Tendulkar). Look I dont know , if you are from England or Australia.

Everyone agrees that England are a good team. Nobody is denying that.

India are going through a turbulent time in their cricket, and if they get to see their team players performing well, it certainly is a reason to be happy. Stop whining that this is only one performance and so on. If you feel that Indian cricketers are sub standard, then so be it. I am tired of seeing repeated posts asking the fans to go easy or so on.

Also, this is a culture for many in the sub continent. Please come to grips with it, Instead of askings to change, it would be better if you could understand different cultures. This is how cricket is played in India, it is not like Cardiff , where people bring their score books and clap for a duck. This is India, and this is how the fans are, they are passionate and emotional..

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 24, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

Agree with @cricketsunami - Dhoni the great, what an innings. Befitting reply to all Dhoni bashers and Laxman too.

Having said that, this match could still end up in a draw. Except Ashwin, there's no wicket taking bowler in Indian team. If our Selectors had selected Rasool instead of hopeless Bhaji in the squad, Dhoni could have played Rasool, and this match would have been over by now. Pathetic team selection by Indian Selectors.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

England started poorly in the 1st Test, recovering when they remembered that they had two decent spinners in the tour party. Australia don't have one truly world class spinner available to them (did I hear a "Bring back Shane" from the back row?) let alone two.

Doni, Kohli and the Little Master have taken this game away from Aus. Now I don't want to sound like a one eyed member of the Barmy Army, but if the bowling we saw today is the best that Aus have to offer they will be lucky to take 20 wickets in the rest of the series let alone in a single match. India may not win them all, but it does not look like they will lose too many. Aus have always found it hard to win in India, their win in 2004/5 was a once in a generation thing.No matter how strong a position you thought you were in, if you let the Indians make runs you are going to lose..... Steve Waugh could tell you that!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Nutcutlet - Interesting perspective. India so devoid of confidence, didnt they draw the last test and bounce back and win the one-day series. havent Australia started better in India than England have? Dhoni has taken the game away from Australia but at 8/400 with India to bat last on a pitch resembling a desert I would have thought it was Australias game to win - then along came Dhoni. The difference between England and Australia is at this stage of our redevelopment we have very little experience with playing in Indian like conditions. I have no doubt we will be better at these conditions by the end of the series. THis game is going to be hard to draw but the AUssies always battle and we will bounce back win, lose or draw. As for playing in England with our pace attack it doesnt hold as many unknowns as a tour of India.

Posted by SUNDHUR on (February 24, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

The third day belonged to India. To the Chennai crowd who would welcome anyone playing good cricket(Remember Saeed Anwar's ODI highest in the ground) it was a triple treat that Sachin, Kohli and Dhoni provided, including one of greatest ever innings played by the Indian captain Dhoni! Dhoni's consecutive centuries in the venue under different formats, opposition and playing conditions have silenced all his critics. He has slowly made history for the country and himself that he and his team are the best in all formats of the game. Go ahead India

Posted by Chris_P on (February 24, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

A really good knock by MS. That was an innings for the times. Every test player usually has one defining innings in their career & this was as good as any of them.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 24, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

@Nutculet, In terms of Lyon being Oz best spinner. They are certainly struggling the fact that they are looking to fast track Fawad Ahmed in to their ashes squad despite being almost 34 & having only taken 30 FC wickets is a strong indicator of their lack of options right now.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

crafty-Rabbi - Your getting a long way ahead of yourself 4-0 prediction. The Aussies have performed a lot better than England in there first test in India how did that series end up. At 8/400 the game was tight, Cowan drops a catch and now its 8/510 through a masterstroke from one batsman. WHich is barely a massive domination. Anyway if India was to win 4-0 then it would just cancel out the 4-0 loss against Australia. But Australia has a far better away record including drawing to South Africa (who you say has dominated cricket), thus India would stay 4th. "India are as good as anyone (except South Africa) when playing in India, but seem woeful when playing abroad. The only possible exception being when they play in Australia" - This line is gold - Do you remember what happened recently when playing in Australia?

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Jihndal -Sorry I must be the only blind patriot commenting on here. I said in one of my posts I didnt see the end of the Australian innings or the first hour of Indias innings thats why I havent commented about those LBW's. Im not making excuses just saying the 50/50 LBW's have not gone Australias way. 28041991 - whats everyones obsession with cricinfo commentary - that is someones opinion like mine. As for the Watson, Henriques, Wade decision they were much in the same way as Jadeja, Tendulkar and H Singh they could have gone either way. Not whining - I have stated that none of them was plumb. On slow motion I will give Wade and Jadeja as dead. Watson I thought was plumb live and Henriqes Im really not sure how you can give that out. As for Tendulkar and H Singh yes there is still some doubt to the naked eye. As Indian TV dont have snicko or Hotspot the Dhoni edge is inconclusive and I can see why he wasnt given out. Yes Clarkes was a howler.

Posted by ste13 on (February 24, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

I have criticised Dhoni on a number of occasions, but today - hats off. It was he who made the difference - at 370-7 the game was even. He stole the show. He has regained the form since the 4th test with England, played well in ODIs, and he carried the form to test format - really well played. He is a non-textbook, but will be remembered.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 24, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

@FlemingMitch no doubt Cowan's dropped catch has cost us dearly, a lead which should have been only 50 is now 130 and will get worse thanks to fielding like that. Let's see how the match progresses...will Dhoni stick around to take the lead to over 200 or will we get them out cheaply and start eating away at the lead....it'll be interesting to watch and I still think we can win this match as they have to bat last. But we will need to holdon to our catches.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 24, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Agree with @SK5983 - Players like Dhoni (i,e Attacking WK-Batsmen) are born once in a decade (not century or not every year), Before it was Gilchrist From Australia, now it is Dhoni from India.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 24, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Aus bowling performance (Pattinson aside) has been utterly predictable. There was no way they were going to boss this series playing with 4 quicks, Surely the series with Eng told them that? Doherty should be playing, if the selectors don't think he's good enough what is he doing there? O'keefe was the fans pick & was ignored. Even though XD is no great shakes, he is still far more likely to be successful than the likes of Siddle & Starc in these conditions. Fair play to DP he has surprised me, Having seen him bowl in Eng last yr I thought his test record looked a bit inflated having played almost exclusively at home but maybe he is the real deal. Big task now for Oz to save the game, they will need to bat for the best part of 5 sessions on a wearing pitch. I don't think this batting line up is cut out for such job. Cowan apart they all like to play their shots which should play in to Ind's hands. Clarke will almost certainly have to come to the rescue again or it will be 1 nil 2 Ind

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (February 24, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

There is no such thing as "unresponsive" or "flat" pitches. It all depends on the skill and ability of the bowlers (or batsmen) to perform and get results. Like a famous Indian saying goes "If you can't dance, don't blame the stage!".

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (February 24, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

@Nutcutlet: What do mean by Ashwin looking at Swann's "technique"?! Ashwin is a spinner who actually spins the ball :))

Posted by crashed on (February 24, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

My dear Indian friends fear not Australia will most certainly rotate their bowlers for the next test - those that works the hardest right now will be swapped with those that did not had any practice yet so .... they can all have a chance to rest for the next game so the performers of this game will not perform in the next game well enjoy the game and may the best team win :) that is IF the Ausies run true to current form just get their bowlers exhausted out :)

Posted by aarifboy on (February 24, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

what Heriques can do,Johnson can do better.Aussies missed a trick by including one over the other

Posted by SnowSnake on (February 24, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

Dhoni pulled a Viv Richards on Australia.

Posted by shillingsworth on (February 24, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Dhoni makes 200 at a strike rate of 80 on a worn pitch, yet he's a 'flat track bully'. Tendulkar rolls back the years making 80 after the fall of two early wickets, yet one contributor engages in bizarre comparisons with the estimable, but retired Mr Dravid. Back on planet earth, we've had three great days of compelling test cricket and India have come out on top.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 24, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

@everybody, so much whinging so much hate so much passion, calm down people save yourselves we have another three tests after this plus who knows how many innings reports.

We just saw Tendulkar's highest score for the series, I know a T100 is like a heroon shot to an addict but you'll have to be content with the second coming of Sri Dhoni (anything Warner can do I can do better)

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 24, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

@Posted by Dravid_Gravitas on (February 24, 2013, 9:54 GMT) @vinodgupte, from 20th June 1996 to 24th Jan 2012, who scored the most runs for India? Hold your breath. It was Dravid.

LOL ROFLOL. No one is holding their breath for your baseless stats. Get some proof or keep your stupid run count to yourself. Sachin took Indian cricket single-handedly when Dada Laxman ans Dravid were still finding their feet. It was Sachin who dominated Aussies from 1992 in Australia. Although I'm not surprised how an intellectually ''honest (read challenged)" person can make such claims. Get a life will ya??

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 24, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

All I can say is BRAVO to Captain Cool, the ICE MAN - MS Dhoni. WOW ! I watched the highlights and his attacking game was marvellous. He's a champion and that's what champions do - they brutally force their opposition into submission. And boy, have the Aussies been bossed today or what ?! Clearly a below average bowling unit faced the pump in Chennai. I have been saying at the start of this series, Australia are NO England. They don't even come close to England's second string team for these conditions. Nathan Lyon ? I feel so bad for the poor guy. He could have continued to work as an Adelaide Oval employee for the rest of this life. He was owned by MSD. It was great to watch and hilarious as well when the Indian dressing room were all smiles seeing how the skipper was playing games with the Aussie bowlers. I am sure all test cricket fans, especially Indian fans were treated to a Sunday feast. COME ON INDIA !!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 24, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

This match looks like it is finally sailing away from Australia with India likely to be able to use a 4th and 5th day pitch to put real pressure on Australia. However, it isn't over until it's over and the lead, while important, is not yet a decisive one. If Australia knock over the last two wickets quickly and keep the lead under 150 they may yet escape if they bat with determination. If India add another 50 in the morning though it will be hard to see Australia escaping. However, after the 1st Test of the recent Ind v Eng series you would have thought that India held all the Aces... in fact, many Indian fans predicted that it would end up 4-0. The obvious difference was that England had a second high-class spinner to bring in to support Graeme Swann. In Australia's case the fix is not so easy: the fact that Nathan Lyon has managed just one maiden in 40 overs suggests that he can't build up the pressure sufficiently to create wickets. It's an interesting poser & India look good now.

Posted by BrianPinto on (February 24, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Amongst Indians, Dhoni's batting avg (44) as captain is better than Ganguly (37), Pataudi (39). Guess who has the highest. The one about whom it was said "played poorly" when he was the captain.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (February 24, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Now you can say chennai is MSD home ground.,

Posted by CandidIndian on (February 24, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

Excellent innings by Dhoni, he had to play well because a lead of 20-25 runs as not enough and with sitting ducks like Sehwag ,Vijay and Jadeja in batting line up India would have certainly struggled on 5th day pitch in 4th innings .No disrespect meant for Australia as they are a very good test side with some highly talented pace bowlers,but the pressure which Pattionson and Starc created was released by Lyon who got hammered on a pitch very helpful for spinners,Aus needed Swann and Monty kind of spin bowling ,accurate and lethal.Anyways India are in safe position for now but no predictions yet,Aus batsman will counterattack certainly,lets see how Indian spinners respond.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (February 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

@Dageesh Pandhayil. It makes perfect sense to have a great fast bowler in the team instead of an average spinner even on a spinning track. Similarly if I have Warne and Murali both in my team, it is better to play them even in Perth rather than picking an average fast bowler just for 3:1 ratio's sake.

Posted by vijayvenkatram on (February 24, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

The first test has been swaying from one team to another and seems that its an Indian victory that is a most likely outcome. Looking at the performance of Indians so far, think Sehwag should make way for Rahane and Bhajji goes out and Ojha comes in. Fingers crossed as the Indian selectors are unpredictable. Looking at the Day 3, it was MSD all the way, ably supported by Kohli and later by Bhuvaneswar with 109 runs for the 9th wicket. Think the credit goes to him for understanding what the captain needs and not getting carried away (with MSD scoring at will anyone on the other end would have fancied his chances too). He has played almost 10 overs, a tailender, who is pricing his wicket. Looking forward on Day 4, think we are already seeing a dustbowl and would not be surprised if Aus collapses in 2 sessions, but depends on some of the close in fielders (Please remove Sehwag from the slips). Think India plays till lunch or may be slightly before lunch, before Aussies bat again.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 24, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Huge credit to MSD who showed effectiveness and entertainment in the same innings.Well played Kohli too. Aus fans must have fancied rough parity on the scorecards when they got their 7th wicket so it must be frustrating that they are now trailing by 135 with 2 wickets (inc Dhoni) left.Aus will be pleased to get this day over with as they surely stand a better chance of polishing off the innings quicker when starting afresh tomorrow than by continuing today. I said pre match that I wondered about Aus going in with just one spinner (based on Eng's 1st test when we just used Swann) we but I guess Henriques would have missed out had they gone in with 2 and then Aus would have been in huge trouble without the runs he scored and the runs he put on with Clarke. Lyon gets a lot of rubbish from some Eng fans.I'm not one of those , but are there any other spinners who would pose a threat or was the pace attack the best option because there is little back up in the spin dept?

Posted by AvidCricFan on (February 24, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Looks like Harbhajan is doing everything he can to get kicked out. His bowling was pathetic on a turner and batted in a way to irritate Dhoni. Hope he redeems himself in the second innings.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

Let me be honest here. I have not read this article here, but since when was being 135 runs ahead considered 'large'?!!!! Anything India does now days is presented in this exaggerated form!

Posted by WonkyBail on (February 24, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

SK5983 on (February 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT) Interesting point about attacking WK test batsmen you seem to have forgotten Matty prior who has an average of 43 (MSD 38) and is a better keeper, great knock though.

Posted by screamingeagle on (February 24, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

I wonder why the Aussie attack which was rated as quite good by a lot of the posters has now been degraded to pathetic since MS has made a 200. Likewise the pitch, it was difficult pitch to bat, apparently, for many posters, but now that MS made a 200, then the pitch must surely be a featherbed. Why can't people give credit where it is due? Someone posted, Dhoni is useless in Aus and Eng; does that mean this Aussie bowling unit is useless in India, seeing how they have been treated by MS?

Posted by Shan156 on (February 24, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

@gsingh7, let's say Ind. beat Aus. and Aus. beat Eng., how would you rate the three teams then? Since Eng. demolished Ind. both home and away they should be better than Ind. But, if Ind. beat Aus. at home, then they should be better than Aus (according to you, although many neutrals will make that equal) and if Aus. manage to beat Eng. then they should be be better than Eng. Hard, isn't it? That is why we have the ICC ranking. While not perfect, it is still better than what our individual opinions are. SA are way superior to any team and the fact that the Aus. pushed them close is credit to them but they still didn't win a test, did they? And, in SA, both Aus. and Eng. drew 1-1. Eng. beat Aus 2-1 at home and 3-1 away. The ICC ranks us next only to SA. So, we are a better team than Aus. But, the way Pattinson is bowling, if he stays fit, it looks like it will be a close Ashes series both in Eng and in Aus.

Posted by Sandhu-64 on (February 24, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Well played dhoni,bt i want to say something that y india makes these sort of pitches thats y india cannot find a great fast bowler and without great fast bowlers u cant win matches in aus,eng,nz,sa,bcoz thay will not give u the spining tracks like this,nd offcourse the next world cup 2015 will be in australia nd new zealnad,so all the sub continent teams should pay attention on that tournament,so please make those type of pitches by which fast bowlers nd spinners both can have assistance than u will find a cracking series.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

Dhoni is one of the games legends.He is a clever cricketer,articulate and popular.Australia are slipping down the table rankings fast.Time for a rethink.Why is the Academy not working? South Africa is sitting pretty and consolidating their position.Why? Australia does not realise that its a team sport and everyone must play their role.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

This was was amazing the way they paced their innings Dhoni and Kholi. I think it is time to declare or they should have declared yesterday and let aussies play couple overs yesterday. If aussies play sensibly I think i sense a draw unless Indian bowlers can take quick early wickets. Good luck to both teams!

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 24, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

has anyone seen a decent aussie spinner.If so then please send him to India now as the bloke they have out there couldn't turn a door knob. His ball to tendulkar was ok but the other two were just poor shots by Indian players.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

I'd be interested to hear from all the Dhoni-haters among Indian cricket fans who feel that Dinesh Kartik or Saha should be India's wicket-keeper.

Posted by screamingeagle on (February 24, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

@CrickFans007, that 3-0 thrashing from SA hurt much? Look at your great team (thats what you posted on these boards before) before judging others.

Posted by Silverbails on (February 24, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Well done to MSD on his first double century. This is O.K. in India. Problem will be, as always, when he's overseas...Now, we'll see what a strategist he is in Home conditions. He'll certainly NEED the best part of 5 sessions to bowl the Aussies out for a second time, and we all know how DIFFICULT that will be, given the class of bowlers at his disposal. As for the BCCI's faith in him as Captain, let's see how that translates in this match...as I've said before Kohli will eventually be Captain given his always - positive and aggressive winning mentality. Dhoni NEEDS to WIN this match if he is to retain any credibility as CAPTAIN....anyway, let's see what the 4th day brings. The first hour, as always, will be the key to the match...1 - 0 to India, for a change, maybe...who knows with this Test Team...

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 24, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

@ nutlet--- or u cud compare sa series wins against england and aus as this current indian series is still underway. england barely drawn one match and were completely demolished by sa in others whereas aus dominated sa whole series till the final innings. so australia is better prepared to give u ashes defeat.

Posted by WC2011Champs on (February 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Dhoni, Dhoni, Dhoni, what an innings! Magnificent!! Things to note - Number 6 is Dhoni's spot; Kohli and Dhoni partnerships in Nagpur test and now is defining new middle order; Both rested and ready to perform at the highest level; Absolutely chanceless knocks by Sachin, Virat, and Dhoni and each of them started out under pressure;it needs a century and a big century to get to a score of 500 and make a match out of it; opening batting and opening bowling remains a huge concern.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

@ravikb: Your comment seems really amateurish to me. Why should you go to Australia to prove that you are a test batsman? Lol. Pace and spin are both allowed in the game and it requires skill to play each of them. If you meant "complete" batsman, then you should score runs in Eng, Ind, Pak, SL, SA etc.., which Dhoni is not now. In that sense Sachin, Clarke, Kallis, Dravid etc stands ahead of Dhoni for sure.

At least, as a number 7 batsman, scoring 200, he is a test batsman mate. Pleas don't use Jason Gillespie to counter me. :)

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Let's celebrate great test cricket, I say this as someone who ardently follows Australia. We all look forward to exceptional performances and boy did we get it today! The wicket was typical of a dry Indian pitch and the Australian attack tried their damest and the fielding eventually did wilt but was not in decline until superb batsmenship took control. Dohni, all cricket supporters salute you, the game now presents an occasion for Australians to shine, can it be done… this is true test cricket…long may it rein.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Players like Dhoni (i,e Attacking WK-Batsmen) are born once in a decade (not century or not every year), Before it was Gilchrist From Australia, now it is Dhoni from India and by the looks next one in coming from South Africa (De Knock).

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

just watched the highlight on sky in the uk, the Aussies were shocking.last time i saw them under the pump so much was during the last ashes. i thought the series would be close perhaps im believing to many of the Aussie posters. another 40/50 and it could be an innings defeat

Posted by Essex_Man on (February 24, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Extraordinary knock from Dhoni, but this Aussie "attack" really is utterly hopeless!

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 24, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

The manner in which this match is developing is highly interesting from many perspectives, esp. the English one! As it is only a few weeks since England left India, with the Indian Test side frankly out of answers & well beaten, we are now given a sample of the general health & disposition of the Oz side (of more than passing interest with b2b Ashes in the offing) against the substantially the same side. Dhoni is the lion again, savaging an Oz attack on his own terrain. Kholi is moving into his maturity, hints of which were seen at the end of the series v England. Ashwin has looked carefully at Swann's technique & realised that he is better served by bowling varied off-spin (dip, change up, change down, fuller length) rather than serving up dolly mixtures or liquorice all-sorts. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as ever. And Oz? M Clarke apart, the batting is workman-like at best. The qucks will be ok in Eng & truly is Lyon the best spinner in Oz? If so,that's desperate!

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 24, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Dhoni you beauty! Hats off. When he came in at 196/4, Ind were still in trouble and conceding a first innings lead was very much on the cards. But similar to the world cup final where he promoted himself up the order and played a captain's knock, he first whittled down the lead and then played superbly with B Kumar (watched the entire partnership). Reminded me somewhat of the 183 that Kevin Pietersen played in the mumbai test a few months ago. A game changing and potentially match winning innings. Whatever his batting weaknesses abroad might be, there's no denying that on home pitches, Dhoni is as useful a batsman as any in the Indian lineup.

For Aus, I was actually quite impressed by what little I saw of Mitchell Starc who seemed quite accurate. One can imagine him being quite a handful on a more responsive pitch and considering he's fitter than Pattinson, he could be the key bowler for Aus in the Ashes.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (February 24, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

I have never really rated Dhoni as a keeper or as a Test captain but I really respect him as a man; he fronts up every time. When he gets criticism (and he has had a lot!) he moves himself up the order and/or produces a fighting performance. Hats off to you MS...you have got a lot of heart.

Posted by nellaiseemai on (February 24, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

How our memories are short. Tendulkar played one of his best innings 155* destroying Warne, and then the epic 139 vs Pakistan on this very ground. nellai

Posted by ravikb on (February 24, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

This Aus attack has to be the worst attack that has landed in India ever. So, not much to praise Dhoni's innings. Let him score atleast 30 against the same attack in Australia. Then we can talk of Dhoni, the test batsman.

Posted by subbass on (February 24, 2013, 17:48 GMT)

Fantastic knock from MS. Lets hope they can get the Aussies out cheaply to set up the win.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

excellent innings by ms dhoni a man with a good behaviour and also a brilliant performer too.

Posted by luvindia on (February 24, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Can bowlers turn this as a match winning knock? Kudos to Dhoni and co. Asking somemore runs from the batsman is too much. Bowler's should take this match forward from now. Even if batsmen did not get any runs tomorrow, bowlers should pick atleast 6 wickets before Australia takes a lead in 2nd innings.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

I am still wondering how Aussies gone with 3 quicks in this turner, it's same as fielding 3 spinners in WACA. Com'on Cricket wouldn't have survived a century if its only a about quicks. The real beauty of game is it's demand for versatile talents and going forward the teams with balanced quicks & slows will rule the roost (England is becoming one, SA not sure about their slow options, INd a long way to go in both dept). Also what good you are doing to your second liners (spinners) if they are kept out on such opportunities. On the match, people luv test cricket for matches like these when a best team is put to think and perform. Work is cut out for Aussie batsmen and as a cricket fan vouching for them to come with grit tomorrow & making this a brilliant game.

Posted by Dev_Anand on (February 24, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Great knock Dhoni. Where are all the dhoni bashers, especially nyc missile. The guy was in each and every article having a go at dhoni. This is for people like you buddy. Dhoni has done so much for Indian cricket. Please have some respect for him.

Posted by WajahatAfaq on (February 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

When he started his career, Michael Jackson was the music icon in the world, Berlin wall divided East and west Germany, Mikhail Gorbachev was the president of Soviet Union, George Bush senior was the president of America, after long dictatorship Pakistan was coming back in democracy era, it was no IPhone's, IPad's and laptops, no name of China in economic arena.....

After 24 years world has changed amazingly, America saw 4 presidents, Soviet Union divided into many states, China is the new super power, Pakistanis has faced 8 prime ministers and one dictator, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are new music sensations, Bollywood Stardom saga shifted from Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan to Ranbir Kapoor, Facebook and Twitter changed world in global village, Daniel Radcliffe has turned a mature hero after Harry potter series...

But after 24 years this man is still playing international Cricket

Hatts off to Sachin Tendulkar

Posted by Romenevans on (February 24, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Indian fan here! Even tough it was a great inning by Dhoni, but don't jump to conclusion. It is a flat track and Australia don't have a good second spinner not to mention the first one also is a hopeless one. I think Doherty should play with Lyon to create pressure from other end. Pattinson is a legend in the making, mark my word. This kid is going to be a great fast bowler in both Sub-continent and everywhere else.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 24, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Aussies are under the kosh here, but this game is likely headed for a dull draw.

Posted by Brambletonian on (February 24, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

@henchart:'Dravid and VVS are not even half of what SRT is in terms of batsmanship"....You must either be a nut or don't know any about cricket...Praise SRT but don't give stupid comparisons like this..

Posted by Selassie-I on (February 24, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Well played msd, fantastically masterful innings. Showed the aus bowlers up a treat.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

It is brilliant innings from dhoni taking single's in last ball.Very interesting innings played by india today.. we can't see before llike this innings like one hundred one two hundred .

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Aus need a spinner instead of Henriques. If only Watson could bowl. India need a left hand bat at the top. The batting looks lean. Jadeja is not good enough. The lack of allrounders still plagues India. Bowling seems ineffective. So in spite of doing well in this test India needs to look at these issues. The openers are failing again and again. Where have all the leg spinners gone? But great effort so far.

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 24, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

As an ozzie I do miss the days when we had players like Dhoni. These days we're overshadowed by England every Ashes, and every time we meet. I can't believe our Shield and Management structure is so bad that we can't produce a test quality spinner or a top order of substance. We've got a long way to go, this 'rebuilding phases' might take another 10-20 years to happen. Maxwell in for Lyon for the rest of the series is the last option left.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (February 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Thouight a while back that Dhoni was wasted at 7 given the alternatives fo 6. He's probably a 5 but 6 will do. He certainly has touch of genius in him and withering power. Hard yards for Australia...as suspected.

Posted by RamRamSatyaRam on (February 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Christ, stop complaining about the pitch. It is NOT a flat pitch, it is providing a lot of turn and bounce to the spinners and ample reverse swing to the pace bowlers. It's not India's fault that desi spinners are thriving on this pitch, while the Aussie spinner (Lyon) is getting whacked around.

Posted by Cric_Tic on (February 24, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

being an Australian myself ..couldnt stop wondering the way Dhoni played today..! one of the finest i seen over last 20 years.. Hats off to him.. hope our team puts a brave fight tomoro to save the match.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (February 24, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

I only watched this till lunch but Dhonni had already started to mince the Aussies by then playing his natural game which is not defensive but aggression and on Indian wckets he is going to be destructive. It seems the lesson from the English tour of needing 2 spinners were not heeded as even the best pace attack (SA) would struggle on what are typical Indian pitches, then again without wanting to be patronising Aus don't really have 2 quality spinners. Horses for courses would seem to be the appropriate cliche, Aus could still save this test but look likely to be batting last on a wearing pitch p.s. Every ball from Starc I witnessed looked like borderline wide, not sure how this tactic is going to take wickets. Mitty don't take the bait, a very small amout of so called English posters are merely antagonists and do not reflect the view of the majority (same as RandyJones2).

Posted by Divinetouch on (February 24, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Day 3 of the Chennai test it is refreshing to see batsmen get hundreds which are not cheap.

Most likely Clarke would have walked had the DRS been used in this series thus that speaks for itself.

Clarke was a central figure in the questionable plays during the test when Anil Kumble remarked after the game only one team was playing cricket.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 24, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Dhoni might not be any good as a Test match captain but he certainly can bat. Great innings.

Posted by sanjay2763 on (February 24, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

fantastic batting by dhoni.

Posted by bobmartin on (February 24, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

For all you believers... or should I say dreamers...who think the gods have smiled on you and sent down Dhoni as some sort of superman with the power to lift Indian cricket out of the doldrums.. I have this to say... There are two old English sayings it as well to remember... 1) Never count your chickens before they are hatched and 2) One swallow does not a summer make...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Congrats dhoni sir... keep rocki'n

Posted by Fandecricket on (February 24, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

Where are the India and Dhoni beaters today? Some were talking about Aussies walking over India. Dhoni made his bat talk. Loved it!

Posted by usernames on (February 24, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

YES! YES! YES! GO DHONI GO!

Wow, this is such an emotional moment. I missed the entire innings from my favorite batsman due to work, but boy, this was a shellacking! He cops a lot of criticism for no real reason -- yes, his captaincy is insipid but I can't stress this enough: he leads the worst attack in history of world cricket. Fantastic batsman, team man, and what fitness!

BTW, did anyone see him refusing that single on 149? YES! That's Dhoni.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 24, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

this is home pitch for dhoni. let's wait to see if he plays equally good on other tracks.

Posted by CrickFans007 on (February 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Now Dhnoi is a Big player !WOW! making runs on dead flat pitch thats the criteria to check test player? wht he was doing against Eng 4-0 lost in Aus 4-0 lost(Big Shame) In 2005 when IND tour to Pak ground man prepared a dead Flat wickets on Captain Inzimam wish so that Inzi and other players can make runs, Now same tack tics from Dhoni.. Test cricket mean balance pitch for both bowler and batsmen specially for bowlers so that we can see a result on 4th and 5th day. Now look 4th day is coming and still 1st inning is continue. When sub cont players will grow up for Test cricket?

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 24, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

For all the OZ fans remember this india can't win this match batting 4th so they must score at least 200 more to bat OZ out of this Test.I probabaly a draw or an OZ win ya!

Posted by kc69 on (February 24, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

I think Dhoni will go all guns blazing tomorrow morning trying to get as much as possible within the first session before India can put Aus to bat.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 24, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@Torsha lol... very well said. they are hiding in shame now. BTW I watched highlights again. Looked at the spectators on video. Man, pure joy was on their faces. Every shot of MSD provided exhilaration to them. Today fans experienced absolute and pure joy of watching great Dhoni demolishing Pattinson and OZ bowlers who said Dhoni was a tailender. If you get time watch the highlights again and this time focus on fans faces and see pure joy yourselves. Unbelievable.

Posted by sharat72 on (February 24, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Another article by a senior reporter that leaves much to be wanted. Judgemental and probably opinionated, but cleverly guised. Not giving full credit to the better team, "Australia's worst fears of subcontinental conditions - an unresponsive pitch, neutered fast bowlers and uncontrollable Indian batsmen - were realised". Unresposive pitch? you must be kidding. Are only green tops responsive and subcontinental wickets not? What about reverse swing and plenty of spin that the pitch is offering? Are these not good enough triats for a pitch?. Sorry attitude. You must be able to appreciate the variety in different pitches in different countries. Accept that australian players are mediocre in these conditions. Dont blame the pitch!!!!. Wake up and enjoy the cricket and stop being judgmental!!!

Posted by Nampally on (February 24, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Dhoni's chanceless double century must rank as the finest innings in Test cricket by any Indian WK/Batsman. This is even better than Engineers almost a century before Lunch in the test match vs. England or Budhi Kunderam's 192. Dhoni did this under pressure & not while opening the innings. Had he played the same way vs. England in Tests, he would have led India to an easy Test series win. He showed total dominance over bowlers like Pattinson, Siddle, Starc & Lyons. Clarke dare not put himself into the attack for the fear of total capitulation. The wkt. was not as easy as some people are saying in this forum. Lyons first 2 overs raised lot of concern. Lyon was tamed.Pattinson was also bowling very well at 145+ KPH. A double century at a S/R of 85 in company of bowlers (tail enders) makes it superb. Where was MSD's batting genius for last 3 test series when India was trounced 11-1? Captain leading by example for the first time - out did both Capt. Cook & Capt. Clarke. Well done, Sir!

Posted by y4yoga on (February 24, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

" MSD is not fit for Test cricket, MSD should not be picked for test matches, There are a lot of other keepers for thest cricket better than MSD" These words were put against his name. So those people who had written those and have those thoughts, today is the answer for you. henceforth Think twice before you pour your words. MSD follows Sachin's way as he answered with his bat rather than the mouth.. Hats off MSD!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Sachin played perfectly against pace.......................but against spin he needs to change approach ..................He plays spin with same technique as pace........it is best to play pace with vertical bat but against spin main variable is sideways movement & to cop with that u need horizontal/cross batted shots like what kohli & esp Dhoni did.........i.e. slog sweeps, cross batted long on & long off hoicks & cross batted off drives no matter even it they r against the spin.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (February 24, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

@bobmartin.. MSD's performance is tailor made for Indian conditions. There is nothing to be jubilant about. The issue with the Australian team is lack of quality spinners. We all saw what England did to India with two good spinners. The same Indian team is likely to struggle badly when they play SA in SA next. I don't think BCCI will have will, time and plan to prepare the Indian team for the SA tour. Players will be worn after IPL and will likely see the repeat of Indian team performance of the last overseas tour of England and Australia.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

super day for the Indian cricket team both Dhoni and Virat showed the way--Dhoni played exceptionally well and deserves all the credit--am sure india will win this test match--best to the Indian team

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Where the hell are 'George Maxwell' and 'Xavier Doherty' ????? ..... They are decent spinners which the Aussies can use

Posted by Beertjie on (February 24, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Well now we know a lot more. @LillianThomson on (February 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT) have to agree about most things. So with SO'K absent that implies X has to play. Not sure I'd have Johnson. Bird and Henriques can bowl many overs and keep it tight while Patto and the 'spinners' can try to get wickets: Watto, Warner, Hughes/Cowan, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Henriques, Pattinson, Lyon, Doherty, Bird. Again Pup needs to win the toss or we'll lose for sure. Little hope for Lyon - only hope for Ashes would be to take a punt on Holland's fitness. Mohali will have the most bounce for our kind of strengths. Try to hang on and attack at that venue. That should always have been the game plan for this series.

Posted by VAVAVA on (February 24, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Dhoni is a talented batsman, a fighter, and a good captain - the latter when he is well supported by his team. Players like Wag, Gambho, and Bajji often let him down and they should be removed. Wag's performance was poor once again in this match, and Bajji played a lazy, ill-applied stroke to get out. Unprofessional.

Posted by The_Heavy_Ball on (February 24, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Exceptional innings from MSD. Undoubtedly game-changing and possibly series-shaping. At 196-4 Australia would have been eying a first innings lead of 50-80 runs. Now the're looking at a deficit of 135 which could get substantially larger on the 4th morning. This big Indian innings has also forced Clarke to do what he didn't want to - give Pattinson an extended workout and even chip in with a few overs himself. If either Pattinson or Clarke break down subsequently, it will be series over for Australia. If India bat for much more than an hour tomorrow then their will be two double centurions in this innings; MSD and Lyon...

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 24, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

@disco Bob How much will this slide continue? How much???

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 24, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

NM Lyon, 40 overs, 182 runs, 4.55 / over. LOL One a spinning track on day 3 in INDIA. I dont know if the penny has dropped yet, but this has to be one of the poorest spinners (medium pacers) Ive even seen. Watching Dhoni cascade him into the stands on several occasions was a sight to behold. Is this the best spinner Oz have brought to the party, seriously??? Also, when last has a wicket keeper who bats at 6 scored a double ton against Oz. Tough times ahead, tough times.

Posted by groundreality on (February 24, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

What a match! The silence of the trolls from lankan and pak is deafening. As is the silence from ashwin/CSK bashing people from a certain part of india, especially those who wanted the "experienced" "anti aus missile" bajji to replace ashwin for his "aggression" LOL. Yup, the same bajji who managed only 1 wicket per match even in domestic matches.

BTW, Dhoni absolutely tore the bowlers apart today. Respect!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

I've been following cricket since 1995. During this period I've seen many players captain the Indian team, right from Md. Ajharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, etc to M.S Dhoni. There is lots of difference in the present Indian team from the past teams. Under M.S Dhoni itself we have seen two types of teams. A team which was righteously the World no.1. The current team is going through transitional phase, a phase when Indian cricket has seen some of its great players hang their boots. The greatest player may soon declare his retirement.

The major difference between the past teams and the present team is that for the first time I have seen an Indian captain playing responsibly. While all other captain's game seemed to diminish due to captaincy load, M.S Dhoni's game has actually flourished during his captaincy tenure. From a swashbuckling high risk taking batsman he has completely transformed into a responsible batsman, always looking to bail India out of difficult situations. HAIL MSD..

Posted by torsha on (February 24, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

200 runs in a single day, century in the session for MS Dhoni - what a knock! Incredible feat! So who were the former illustrious ex-cricketers who sat in a panel and suggested MSD should not even be in the Test team? Jokers all!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Cannot see Australian bowlers ever taking 20 wickets in a test match with these kind of mediocre bowler. These bowlers are like West Indies bowlers, short, wide and have a good time. They bowl so wide and short, you barely had an LBW appeal. I don't see the need for 3 slips when they have never bowl a good length ball yet to make the batsman play or swing a ball. The good length balls are usually left alone and ineffective. If they don't correct their line and length quickly, we can see some more 500's on the board and a possible whitewash. The three bowlers in Australia that bowl a better line and length Harris, Hilfenhaus and Baird are not on the team. They should also do without a spinner, Michael Clarke bowls much better than the recognised spinner .

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

What a match.. really superb................................

Posted by amanroy on (February 24, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

What a great day! The greatest Indian captain ever gets his first double hundred…this man never stops being a legend. Wow! Awestruck! MAHI!! MSD = Makes Spinners Demoralised

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

why doesnt dhoni bat always on 6th spot.... or may be even up the order..... he always does good when he comes up the order.... even in odis he has done exceptionally well when he comes up the order.......

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Iam one of the privileged person among the 20ks odd people turned out in MAC today. I saw ppl brushing their teeth while thy were standing in a couple of mile long Q just to get the tickets. Each one them came in to see sachin's century. It was complete sachin madness in the air. Dhoni walked in and i did saw few ppl leavin the ground, as sachin got out. Iam damn sure tat thy r one of the unluckiest guys. Chepauk erupted for kholi and MSD. I just cant see this Aus attack taking 20 wickets in Indian condition. Pitch is surely going to turn more with bounce. which is a typical chepauk wicket. if India can add another 50 runs, tis game wud be in India's bag. If Harbhajan does'nt deliver in 2nd innings, it will make laxman luk like a fool with his comments y'day. Chepauk has given gr8 test matches, it is shocking to see its been 5 years since the last Ind vs Eng epic test. I hope BCCI gives more test to Chepauk which has great crowd as Harsha Bhogle tweeted and is a sporting pitch as well.

Posted by karthikeee on (February 24, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Pattinson said yesterday we got early two wickets and then we will play with tail... Now he is thinking about the words...This is not Australia man u get wickets when u want... This is the great revenge series begain.. come on dhoni and come on Team India we will got the series with white wash the OZs...

Posted by bobmartin on (February 24, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

@ pitch_curator... Your comments are exactly what I warned against... getting carried away by a single innings.. It may or may not signal a "new" Dhoni... but don't bank on it... And remember, it was Indian supporters who not so long ago were calling for his head... A lot of England supporters got carried away when we beat India to become the #1 test side. Look how quickly that bubble burst. Dhoni needs more than one good knock against a very average Australian bowling attack to convince the less partisan cricket supporters that he has taken a step up...

Posted by AvidCricFan on (February 24, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Good show by the Indian team, something that I had not anticipated. The credit goes to MSD and Kohli. SRT was scratchy in the morning on 3rd day. If Dhoni can get 70-80 quick runs on the 4th day, the game will be India's.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 24, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

I think Dhoni should be given the license to play like Sehwag. Team management should send him at number 3 with a license to attack. I am positive he will succeed more often than not. That way his stroke making will come to play and he will demoralize bowlers to no end. India will succeed every time Dhoni succeeds at number 3. Guaranteed.

Posted by anandjuly15 on (February 24, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Few points. Probably am making this comments too early or in hindsight this Australian team is the least experienced in years to land on the Indian shores. They might be talented but definitely not experienced in these conditions. Do not think they can go on win the series. But who knows i might be proved wrong as many were by English team.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 24, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

@crafty-Rabbi on (February 24, 2013, 13:34 GMT) Wow SA have been No.1 for 6 months yet somehow in that 6 month period have equalled Australia's 10 years of dominance. Please explain how that works.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 24, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Before starting this series i told three points one Jadeja should be in the team so that Dhoni can come 6 th and in this situation Dhoni can play his natural game and third one is include Bhuvi in the team is a solid lonf term batsman and this series Dhoni's contributions will be vital

Posted by sankurian on (February 24, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

@CrickFans007 : So, you are saying Australia got allout for 380 in a different pitch? If you have any respect on your words, please come back with your comments on tomorrow's match report (ofcourse, after seeing whats going to happen for poor australian batsmen...lol)

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

This is the answer to all of them who blames Dhoni for India's recent loses.

Posted by mikey76 on (February 24, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Love all the premature comments from our Australian friends when Lyon took Tendulkars wicket. 4 hours later and he's bearing down on a double century every bit as entertaining as Dhoni's. He's very much like Jason Kreja, only he took wickets and actually span the ball. RandyOz, you predicted an innings defeat so for once you might actually be right! All the ridiculous comparisons with Swann have now been laid bare. He only needs 17 more wickets to equal Swann's haul. Would have to play 7 tests for that to happen!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

splendid knock and falmboyant innnings from dhoni...sachin would have done a century..kohli played wonderfully..some people said it is the battle between dhoni and clarke..now they will realize who is going to win this battle...

Posted by JohnnyRook on (February 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@ Dravid_Gravitas. As I have said to you earlier also, I don't know if Sachin is obsessed with is centuries but I do know that you sure are obsessed with them.

Posted by Mahesh_Lolokpuri on (February 24, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

This was one of the rare sight for a Indian fan in the past year, where the Indian batsmen have managed to play well against very decent bowling attack. It was good to see Indian players applying themselves and scoring runs in a Test Match. It was one of the best knocks I have seen from MSD, this is an innings for critics they will shut themselves for time being. He is definitely the best wicketkeeper batsman India has had for a very long time. Not to forget Virat, who definitely getting better from every match that he plays. Even the small patnerships we crucial in building a score. Pujara was crucial in building the innings and Sachin as usual. Hope India gets a good lead tomorrow and gets the ten wickets of Australia to win this match. All the Best India

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (February 24, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Great Innings From Dhoni,Kohli and Tendulkar Of Course But I still Feel That TheSquad Needs Some Tweaking For the Third And Fourth Tests My Squad Would be Vijay,Rahane,Pujara,Tendulkar,Kohli,Rayudu,Dhoni,Ashwin,B.Kumar/Yadav(if Fit),Ohja,Ishant/Shami/Sreesanth

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 24, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Great day for IND but am really worried about jadeja. Despite what others said I always believed that Jadeja has earned his call to the national squad by virtue of his outstanding performances in domestic cricket . But if a batsman can get bowled shouldering arms on a slow wicket,then his captain ,coach and the selectors should be really worried. I think MSD and selectors are being really unfair on guys like Ajinkya and manoj tiwary. I fear that these two guys might suffer the same fate as badrinath!!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

For all the Hoo haa about this innings (on a wicket prepared to his liking) which indeed was brutal take a look at Dhoni's stsatistics---all of us his six centuries have been in the sub continent --5 in India and one in Pakistan. Not a single ton in Australia England or South Africa leave alone even againstthe poor New Zealanders in their conditions. This winter tour to South Africa let us see if he can play like this against Steyn Morkel and Philander and then heap praises on him.

Posted by Mohan vijay on (February 24, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

What an cracking innings by MSD...He is the man who fight for atmost gottable contribution to the team by realising the match's progress. He is the best Match Turner-the Twister-the Entertainer and the Performer too...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

As Warney said today there is no such pitch as flat pitch. Good bowlers will always find a way.

Posted by jb633 on (February 24, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

People moaning about the pitch need to get a grip. I am neutral observer but this is a result wicket and there is plenty in it for the bowlers. The only difference is that there is plenty in it for the spinners. India would not rock up at the WACA and expect a rank turner and I have no problem with sides using home advantage. So long as the wickets are not flat and they provide entertainment then fair enough. The wicket India produced in the 4th test England was a true shocker as it did nothing for anyone. This deck is turning miles and credit must go to the Indian players for negating the Aussie bowling so easily. The Indians produced the same tracks against England and lost so you can hardly say it is suprising to see a bunsen and in many ways it is a brave call. Australia are in trouble this series as you need good spinners to win in India. Australia's best spinner is sat at home unforutanatley.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (February 24, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

@Mitch1066. England spin twins are best as of now. No other countries has a great second spinner. Some don't even have a great first one. Australia is in that category. I believe they took the right decision by playing 3 quicks. A team of best 11 players is generally the best strategy.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 24, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

It was a Dhoni Dhamaka in the ears of his critics and boy it stunned them. What a knock by Dhoni. Now he owns every single record by an Indian wicket keeper. Highest total, Maximum number of runs, Highest inning score, Maximum wickets, maximum catches, Maximum stumping, and all these with best averages. And anti Dhoni fans were trying to replace him with some cockadoos. Dhoni's reply to Laman is a blistering 206 no. man I loved this innings for so many reasons. Keep it up great man.

Posted by pitch_curator on (February 24, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

@ Bobmartin -- I dont think even Dhoni's best supporters would think that he will ever become the best test batsman in the eleven. The point is that with this innings he has proved to himself and everyone that he can make big scores in test matches as well and I wont be surprised if he scores a lot more consistently in the test matches. Remember that Dhoni is probably the mentally strongest player in world cricket now. He might not have the best technique but his temperament is amazing.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 24, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

I think Doherty will play in the second test as the Aussies need two spinners. I wouldn't mind seeing Bird and Pattinson as the pace attack in the second test. I think this one is lost for the Aussies. Dhoni was magnificant and much of the bowling from Australia was patchy at best.

Posted by gregjones on (February 24, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Clarke is a fine captain but his handling of his spinner(s) has been woeful to say the least.Lyon is nothing but average which is proved even further by his 1st class record in which he averages more than 40.Why the hell have they taken Doherty and Ashton along?The only notable bowling from Lyon was his debut match where he got 5 wkts on a turning pitch.Just for that, he has been selected for the next 10 years.The Aussie selectors are even worse than the Indian ones.Clarke had said that talk is cheap but he already talked cheap when he said that the Aussies cannot play like England to win in India.But the fact is that only "WINS' count.England are easily ahead of Aussies by miles because they played to a specific plan and executed it brilliantly.Even Gilchrist had a plan against India in 2004.He totally dried the runs by posting fielders at the boundary for specific shots and the Indians fell prey to it.But Clarke does not seem to have any plan whatsoever and the Aus are paying for it.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (February 24, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Awesome innings by Dhoni. The aggression was unbelievable.

Posted by bobmartin on (February 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

Let's not go overboard about Dhoni's knock..Good though it was, it hasn't suddenly transported him to another level.. It was his first century in 24 innings v Australia.(and let's face it, this is a pretty average Australian side).. He hasn't scored one in 27 innings v England... and he's never scored one v Bangladesh. And add to that the fact that he has only scored 6 centuries in his 116 test innings and that put's it into perspective. Unless of course you live in a never-never land and believe that Dhoni is the new saviour of Indian cricket.

Posted by class9ryan on (February 24, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Surely a good news for Indian Cricket but moreover to BCCI. We may think of an Indian series win and that will actually make the IPL more successful. BCCI would be very happy after such a treat from Dhoni, Kohli and also The Master.

Posted by mazii on (February 24, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Well, Well Well.... Dhoni has played an innings of his life. A nice combination of aggression and defense. England beat India 2-1 after losing the first test. But I think Australia is no England. And it is still too early to give a verdict 4-0 in favor of India. Test matches cannot win in just sessions in fact teams have to play good cricket throughout. Indian bowlers are not very good but their batsmen too good too handle. Let's see what happens.

Posted by Nampally on (February 24, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

What an innings under pressure by Captain Dhoni- one of the greatest under the circumstances! Well done MSD- great credit goes to you for tearing the Aussie bowling to Shreds & putting India on path to a winning lead. I had given up after watching the first hour culminating in the dismissal of SRT & Lyons doing all sorts of tricks. But noting that Lyons gave 187 runs in 40 overs demonstrates how Dhoni tore the same "Lion" apart. I thought that after the overnight pair, India has very weak batting unless Dhoni uses his ODI Helicopter shots. He did more than that with abject surrender of the bowling which really went "Down-under".Magnificient one-Man show MSD - it will put the fear of God in all the Aussie bowlers now for the rest of the series. It will also silence many OZ fans. What "Indian Tail"? 195 for 4 becomes 520 for 9 with a century 9th wkt. stand highlighted by a glorious unbeated double century by the Skipper. This put both SRT & Kohli in the background. What a Knock, MSD?

Posted by sonicattack on (February 24, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

One of the great things about Cricket - Test Cricket - is that it is played in different parts of the world in different conditions, and I for one would hate to see uniformity across the world in pitches. I don't understand anyone who criticises pitches in India (or any other country for that matter). the best players and teams learn to play in different conditions that may be alien to them, how boring would it be if Headingley, the WACA and Chennai all had similar pitches?....so I really don't have any truck with anyone ( Australian fans) blaming the state of the pitch - after all, what were you expecting? As far as this game goes, I thought that the Australian team looked pretty downcast after tea when Dhoni brilliantly launched into them. The much vaunted pace attack was made to look ordinary (Starc much like Johnson at his worst) and there's not too much to be said about Lyon that hasn't been said already.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

oh dhoni bashers, just take look what the numbers tell us 45.45% of wins highest among those who captained India for 10 match or more, and with 27.27% of lose there is only three others who captained India has lesser % in loses that too by just 1 or 2, and got an aggregate of 2667 runs as captain with an average of 45 and stands third in the list of Indian captains. And one more thing he needs just two more wins to become the Indian captain with more number of test wins. come on guys what you got????????? just accept that he is good enough and best available to see through the transition phase.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Despite all the odds, against an international side,scoring 200 ! and adding the lead with a new tail debut is not an easy one. Dhoni deserves all appreciation. Well done Mr Cool!

Posted by Pushpak-Martin on (February 24, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Again the answer thuds from dhoni's bat. Want Dhoni to carry on for the morning session too. Bhuvi did a marvellous job with the bat Kohli has always been a batsman to be admired pujara shows his class. Sachin shows his Greatness and Ash showed his magic............All these results takes India to No.1 test team "hopefully"

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Incredible Dhoni innings ..... Once top order batsman setup base like Tendulkar, other gets big confidence to do well even Virat's inning is consistent

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Of the four Test centuries that Virat Kohli has got,his highest is 116. It means that when he gets a hundred, he does not convert it into a big one(unlike in ODI's where his highest is a swashbuckling 183!). So I think its about time we see Virat get patient with his Test Inning and scores big hundreds(or even double centuries).

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

clarke '130' nw dhoni '206' not out. its seems like match z b/w these 2 captns instead of aus vs india.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

one of the best innings i havseen

Posted by crickketlover on (February 24, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

what an innings by Dhoni! I became a huge fan of him after his world cup final winning knock and now have become a bigger fan of him than before! I think this innings from the Indian captain in a crucial time would stop those who critisize him. Sachin played a good one too but I thought he was too defensive that is what get him in trouble recently. Also, VVS should stop saying bad things about Dhoni sitting in the commentary box. VVS may have a bad relationship with Dhoni but VVS should act professionally. By the way VVS is so boring to listen - average commentator. I like Gavaskar who makes funny jokes and makes it entertaining.

Posted by Mitch1066 on (February 24, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Stand up mr donhi well played . I think advantage India . However I'm impressed by pattingson taking four wickets on sub continent by seamer is not bad return. However one spinner selection was as bad choice as England in first test though better batting from the Aussies . I think Aussie need use two spinners though will Lyon and another spinner be able do what English spin twin do?

Posted by Deep_Biswas on (February 24, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Great innings from Dhoni. You are the best ever captain. Critics will find flaws anyway. Blame pitch, inexperienced bowlers etc. Don't need to listen to them. Dhoni rocks.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

cool dhoni shines every where

Posted by ramli on (February 24, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Oh dhoni bashers ... you still are not laid to rest ... having mild hopes of bashing him till he gets a similar score in Aus or SA in future ... you cannot be cured ... well done MSD ... keep it up ... win matches for India ...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Dhoni reminds me of Vivian in his heydays! Total contempt for Aussie bowlers!

Posted by philipsmgp on (February 24, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Where have the CSK haters gone.Eagerly waiting for their comments.Even after Dhoni scores 200 they would still find flaws in his innings.really would love to listen.....

Posted by TheGecko on (February 24, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha What do you exactly mean by saying that the "pitch is unbalanced"? So the balance is tilted towards whom? If your answers is spinners, then you have contradicted yourself by saying that "This simply isn't a remotely balanced contest". Is it the pitch's fault that you aren't able to compete in the "contest" with quality spinners? The pitch is the same for both sides.

Posted by crafty-Rabbi on (February 24, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Australia are wilting. Good to see Dhoni at his best. Lyon may have picked up a few wickets but at far too high a price. This series will be won by India 4-0.

Australia are now the fourth best test side in the world. India the third, with England just retaining the number two spot. South Africa has now achieved the dominance that Australia had for so many years under Waugh and then Ponting in the early years of his captaincy.

India are as good as anyone (except South Africa) when playing in India, but seem woeful when playing abroad. The only possible exception being when they play in Australia.

The only solution is to blood some of their seamers on the English county circuit to get them used to seaming and bouncing conditions. Ditto for some of their up and coming batsmen. Only then will they start to return to dominance. I had a bet on Dhoni and Kohli making centuries but wish I could have foreseen Dhoni's double. My money is on Kohli getting a double before the series ends.

Posted by henchart on (February 24, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas:Praise Dravid and VVS to the skies by all means but admit and accept the fact that both of them put together are not even half of what SRT is in terms of batsmanship.It was SRT and Pujara who laid a decent base for Kohli and Dhoni to build up today.SRT is the best and would continue for atleast couple of years more even as Dravid and VVs can talk about their exploits from the Commentators Box.Hail SRT , the maestro.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 24, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Well played MSD, how Oz will play 3 spinners? they have to watch the footage of COOK, KP, Prior, Swann. so they will able so save this match. Bring haddin, Marsh and lyon will become the spin coach of Aus.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (February 24, 2013, 12:51 GMT) I guess it time for nyc_missile to go hiding or eat some humble pie for calling dhoni as tail ender batsmen yesterday. Finally some pasting from him today for mindless dhoni bashing in all the articles for no reason.well played dhoni.

Mathew, loved your comments. NYC fella is in shock and will come back when Dhoni is not doing well. But boy what an innings by Dhoni! I guess Laxman is also in hiding and so is Nampally and Nish.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Just need to add another 70-80 or maybe 100 till luch day 4,and there you are the lead extends to 200+(220)runs,and i will back Indian bowler to do the job and make an innings win#1-0!!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

well playedd msd....an innings for the criticsssss...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

It happen only in India, where conditions favours and crowds roar for team India, world champians has to perform outside Inida to endorse there value of W.Cham

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 24, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

starc until he gets into international cricket always looks a good bowler. in the uk although he was playing CC2 he always looked the part and took wickets for the white rose and they thought he was the bees knees. he would or could bowl the peach of a delivery but it never took a wicket when playing at a higher level. indiai i feel will be happy with his follow through and if India can get up to say 175 lead the Australians will find it very hard. getting beat if it happens is never good but England came back at indian and it started in engs 2nd innings through AC and KP, although we were well beat it made us strong,and the rest is history. we went in with 2 spinners which the Aussies may struggle with because spinners are not bounty full. but as shown the you are playing 1/2 pace bowlers to many

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (February 24, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I am surprised and some what dismayed that whenever English or Australian bowling side fails to halt the Indian batting, the pitch comes into the picture and it gets ridiculed for being slow/low and un-responsive.

Dan Brettig in his columns says that "Aus worst nightmare came true with a un-responsive pitch which neutered their fast bowlers"

I wonder why visiting don't get it that you would get a spinning pitch in India and if you play just one...that too a club level spinner...you are gonna get smacked.

Dhoni has once again shown that he is still the best guy for captaincy by repeatedly bailing us out every now and then...

Australia has very little chance of survival left and if they continue to blame the pitches, the series would be gone before they even blink a eyelid!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Where is @nyc_missile?? This proves that Dhoni, Kohli, and Pujara are the future. It's time to get rid of Sehwag and Tendulkar, once and for all. I know no Indian selector would dare to drop Tendulkar, but they can drop other non-performers like Sehwag, Murli, Ishant, and Jadeja. If Rasool was bowling in tandem with Ashwin, this match would have been over by now.

Posted by OhhhhhMattyMatty on (February 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Quite simply. Australia's bowling is powder puff on unresponsive pitches. The only reason the likes of Siddle, Johnson and Watson average as low as they do with the ball is because Australia play with 6 or 7 bowlers (4 frontline + Watson, Clarke, Warner, Hussey, Ponting, Quinney etc.), so when they get massacred, they still only bowl 20 overs for 80 odd. Then they boost their averages in 5 Test series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Posted by peterstich on (February 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Aussies missing watto's bowling. This test is long and gone from their hand. Looks like it will be siddle's last test in the series unless one of the other 2 don't get injured. Doherty or Johnson should make the cut.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 24, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Dhoni the great, what an innings. Befitting reply to all Dhoni bashers and Laxman too. I wonder what thye have to say now. Take that fella.

Posted by blink182alex on (February 24, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Not a good day for us, i don't think Doherty playing would of made any difference. I can see the Indian spinners causing a lot of problems with men all round the bat for us, we need 2 guys to score a century i reckon, i think if South Africa were in the position we're in guys like Smith, Amla and Kallis would step up and score big, that's what we need in the 2nd innings, 30's and 40s are no good.

Any chance of some rain for the next 2 days?

Posted by CrickFans007 on (February 24, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

wht a wicket! what a track for test cricket! Really as a cricket fan such a disappointment nothing on track as I said yesterday IND will play all day on 3rd day and AUS will play 4&5th day, Result DRAW!. We have seen Indian players were dancing against PAk Fast bowling and had know idea of bowl on fast swing track Now they cant afford fast track against quality AUS bowler. This IND Players have no guts to play on Fast and balance track. This flat track is a paradise of batsman (Tendulker Dhnoi got their cheap wish)

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

I guess this was the best test innings ever by an Indian captain, bravo Dhoni.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 24, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

This match will be drawn.

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 24, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Dhoni played a devastating innings. I don't fancy our chances batting day 4 on this pitch, and I'm sick of Lyon not being good enough, it's just crazy when you think how well Swann did in India. Ashwin bowled 1st inns and took 7-fer. Lyon didn't spin a single one until the Tendulkar wicket, then got embarrassed at the end. His 200 is almost up. As should be his test career. We need Maxwell in instead.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

This looks to be a complete mockery of the Australian bowling not evena single bowlers Eco.is less than 3.50,and there well blessed Lone spinner has given almost 200 runs at4.50,what else will u ask frm them,and i think Ms will bat as good like he did even in day4 and if he gets another 50 runs,then i think India might not bat again

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 24, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

what can i say? dhoni ,the timid , defensive indian turned into unstoppable force by his attacking batsmanship. more than deflating aussie bowlers he sapped the moral of their whole team, bhuvi is able batsman and he cud replace sehwag or murali as opener in next match , bhajji had a typical brain-freeze.sachin got unlucky, lyon is nearing his first double hundred and some aus fans thought he is another murali, starc and siddle might need psychological help after this series.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Must say this is the best MSD has played in the recent times. He was good against england during that 99, but today he was better. Heartening to see young kholi and MSD taking responsibility after the egress of great test caps. I guess the rap after the recently concluded english series has given him food for thought and it did him world of good and also to the team. Hopefully he'll continue this for the rest of the series. Would've been a perfect day had Sachin got to hundred but its unique in its own day.

Posted by TM on (February 24, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

am i the only one who thinks jadeja cant play the incoming ball?

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

in the sea of war experience studies the ship from storm, youth repairing post storm damage, and then again experience makes and sends the storm to destroy the opponent, we have to wait and see does they manages to stand or fall????????????

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 24, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Good stuff from India. I have to admit that I haven't credited Dhoni with being much of a Test batsman but, while unconventional, that was a masterful knock. Kevin Pietersen has been praised for several of his aggressive knocks of recent times and this was at least as good as any of those. Nothing is certain but it's hard to see India losing from here. While Australia haven't lost this game yet, I still feel compelled to compare this to the England series. England lost the first game of the series due to poor batting in the first innings and substandard bowling. They improved their batting from the second game and the introduction of Panesar made a big difference to the bowling. I don't see Australia changing their bowling and obviously don't have another quality spinner to bring in so they will have to improve across the board.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Dhoni , a no 6 responsible batsman , s much bettr than dhoni the no 7... May b its not a bad idea to include jadeja in the team just to make dhoni bat at no 6 & be more responsible... :)

Posted by Marcio on (February 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

@sankurian, there's no use talking about the young Tendulkar. He batted OK in Australia last series - he was India's best, but it was only decent. The team was thrashed mercilessly on fair tracks. Dhoni averages 18 in Australia, 28 in AUS/SA/ENG. But this is all beside the point - my point that is, which is perfectly relevant. How is playing in conditions like this going to help Indian cricket? How are any of the problems going to be addressed? Hopefully Australia will learn from this. They usually learn quick. That's why they have such a good record in the last 30 months. I suggest you check out the stats. All India will do is order more dust bowls, with no plan for the future. Let's see if I'm wrong.

Posted by karthik_raja on (February 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

@Posted by Dravid_Gravitas on (February 24, 2013, 9:54 GMT) "from 20th June 1996 to 24th Jan 2012, who scored the most runs for India? Hold your breath. It was Dravid." - Check it again plz. Else, can u explain how. Both has played 146 tests together and the cricinfo stats show something diff from wt u said. May b u hv better records than cricinfo. As I hv said b4, SRT critics are more obsessed by his centuries than his fans. U proved it again. "not able to get that century" - for his fans, his 80+ today is equally good to a century. esp, whn Ind is 2 down for 12. Good job and nicely played SRT. :)

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

@ Shaggy076

Your opinion is obviously biased. Blind Patriotism. Nothing else ! There was clear inside edge. On many occasions, Ashwin's appeals were also Rejected, you didn't note that ? You would believe hotspot or snicko that have given so many wrong decisions in Pak-SA series too ? Strange ! Fact is you are unable to DIGEST that your bowlers are getting hammered all over the park.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Well played BHUVAN. With him and Ashwin in the team , both capable of at least holding the other end when batting with the front line batsmen, team doesn't need a MAKE SHIFT all rounder.

Rahane for Jadeja and Ojha for Harbhajan ,the team is pretty balanced. In the long run, pace bowling all rounders like Irfan pathan/ Abhishek nayar would add additional value to team at 7, especially when playing on rank turners with three "SPECIALIST" spinners and a SOLE fast bowler.

Posted by shrastogi on (February 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Oh yes Dhoni!!! Some who themselves dont have any test record to state didnt consider you good enough test player. This is a good riposte. One would also like to see his record at No 6 having batted mostly at 7. Bhuvi showed perfect composure for Dhoni to express himself which is a good learning for Jadeja & Harbhajan Singh. Virat got out to poor stroke and even a Sachin baiter like me was expecting him to do better than this. All in all India is in drivers seat.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Shame Australia didnt select a Spinner, sure lyon has taken couple of wickets, but at what cost? Second double Century is on the cards this Innings and not by a Batsman!!! Come on Steve Smith or Doherty, O'keefe or even uncapped Agar are better choice.

Posted by andrew27994 on (February 24, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Dhoni never ceases to amaze me and all other Indian fans. Makes you wonder why he has been unfairly criticised. People criticise him for his captaincy and not his batting. But Dhoni's bizarre tactics is mainly due to the mediocrity of our bowlers so at times he tries to gamble a bit. So people shouldn't be too hard on him.

Also if you notice, in the last 2 months he seems to have a lot more temperament than he has ever had and as a result he keeps improving his batting.

Posted by maddy20 on (February 24, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha Making up silly excuses already is we? May be the LBWs have something to do with reading the ball better because these are home conditions and they are leaving the stumps exposed to make room? Go through all of the cricinfo commentary and try to find one clean lbw that was not given and then we will talk. Also Its funny that you talk about fairplay after the little "stunt" pulled by clarke in the first innings. As if that was not enough, they started mouthing off at Bhajji as soon as he got to the crease. As for those whinging about the pitch, give me a break. This is India and you won't get fast bouncy wickets. Fast bowlers can still pick wickets as Pattinson showed. All you need to do is hit the just outside off-stump length consistently.

Posted by torsha on (February 24, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Oh yes MS is a class player. Better than Dada. Laxman, what you have to say now?

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

@www.cricketforever.net i dint mean to hurt you with my comments..... sory if i did hurt you.... but i just said that casually..... and as many indians i am little weak in english .. you knw we learn english from age 10.....:) :) :P

Posted by colossalcricketer on (February 24, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

All these guys praising Dhoni know in the corner of their heart that Dhoni is a stupid captain and can't do well in alien conditions in Test Cricket ! So he should be removed from the post of captain and he should play as a player so that unworthy people like Sir Ravindra Jadeja and Murali Vijay are not picked up just because they play for CSK and more worthy players like Ojha may get a chance.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 24, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

the match is India's to win. dhoni played a gem in tests after a few years. if india leads by 200, they won't have to bat again.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (February 24, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

I guess it time for nyc_missile to go hiding or eat some humble pie for calling dhoni as tail ender batsmen yesterday. Finally some pasting from him today for mindless dhoni bashing in all the articles for no reason.well played dhoni.It was a splendid innings today.I was seriously expecting sachin to score 100 but got to see surprise 200 from Indian captain.Big congrats to kohli for another century.Looking forward to tomorrow's day play.Hope to see sehwag score some runs .

Posted by taral13 on (February 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

This test can still be drawn. We fancy great batting line-up. Someone will stand up and deliver. Reverse the 2001- Calcutta. Who knows....

Posted by disco_bob on (February 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Dohni has not been very adventurous in his captaincy of late, but you have to hand it to him today, he played a spendid counterattacking knock but I expect the Australians to put up a good fight. Or at least I hope they will.

Interesting to see the team for the second match. I think Johnson should have been in for Siddle. Not convinced another spinner would necessarily have done any better after all it was pretty well a one spinner showing from India.

Posted by Nerk on (February 24, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

Superlative knock from the Indian Captain. He's being doing it in ODIs recently so no real surprise he's now doing it at test level. Good to see Sachin have a good one too, wonderful player to watch.

As for us Aussies, bit tough to watch. We gambled on four pacemen and it back fired. Happy with Henriques, he has played well all round, but we needed another spinner badly, maybe in place of one of the 3 specialist quicks. I'm still bewildered why we have 3 specialist quicks in the side, I know our spin stocks are low but come on! Lyon is not good enough to carry the burden alone. Chins up though, the game is not over, let alone the series, and the pitch is not doing terribly much. Get India out quickly, smash a quick 350 and knock em over tomorrow!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

Well the match was pretty level until that last session. Some pretty sloppy work from a tired Aussie fielding unit has handed the advantage to India now though. It is going to take something special from the Aussie batsmen to save this game now. Australia´s biggest problem I think is their lack of experience. Only Pattinson seems to have a good game plan in his head, Starc is all over the place, Siddle just not full or straight enough while Henriques and Lyon at least seem to be improving as the innings goes on. They really need to be sticking to hitting one area on the pitch and setting strong supportive fields, as it is they are spreading the field far and wide, bowling six deliveries an over and making it all too easy, even easier when you drop 3 catches and miss a basic run out. Brilliant knocks from Dhoni and Kohli, who knows how many they´ll put on tomorrow but they have a strong advantage as it is, their game to lose.

Posted by Tigg on (February 24, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

This is what happens when you ignore the lessons of the last test series to be played in India. England learnt the hard way that you need two front line spinners. I don't care that the current no.2 may not be that good, one spinner cannot do it alone.

Posted by andrew27994 on (February 24, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

Yesterday I predicted that Dhoni would get a quick century but my word, I certainly didn't expect a double ton. Glad to get a big surprise at the end of the day. I was a bit frustrated with Dhoni for not giving Bhuvaneshwar the strike much but now I realise the logic behind it. Dhoni wanted to make sure that he had at least one capable batsman batting with him at the other end and didn't want to lose the last decent batsman. He shielded Kumar so that they could both play out the day and this also ensured that Dhoni could play his natural game without taking too many risks as he had done on previous occasions after getting a century.

Posted by cricmatters on (February 24, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

India tends to forget its woes when things go well. Opening partnership is a major concern. We need technically strong batsmen to blunt the new ball and set up the game for middle order. If Sachin can play at 39 why not play Jafer who is only 35 (one year older than Sehwag). Watching Murali Vijay not moving his feet and getting bowled was pathetic. Bring Ojha back. Harbhajan had his 100th test and deserved it but we can't keep on picking players on past reputations. Gambhir is too good a player to leave out but is not a natural opener. Why not pick Gambhir as a middle order batsman. He is miles ahead of Raina, Yuvi and Rohit Sharma and he plays spinners exceptionally well. Also time to bring Manoj Tiwari in. Hopefully this will be Sachin's last series. Time to hang your boots old man before they take you out kicking and screaming. I still detect factions in Team India especially Segwag dropping two cathes off Ashiwin's bowling. Please publish even if you don't agree with my comments.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Cricinfo . .. this is not unresponsive pitch... it is a turning track...Aussies dont have a good spinner... That's their problem ..Don't blame the pitch... If Aussies are so good, they have to win here too... Don't say lame excuses

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Well done Mr Dhoni on a fine innings, but also to Kumar who held up the other end.

Australia was in trouble the moment the Australian Selectors announced the team two days before the Test. Enough time for the appropriate pitch to be prepared by the groundsmen.

Clarke won the toss and batted, which was the correct thing to do. After posting a lucky 380 and having India at 2/12 it all seamed to be going Australia's way, but then Pattinson was not allowed to bowl and it all went pear-shaped. At 350, I thought India would have been happy with a 50 run lead .... and funnily enough there was no "Clarke-like" early declaration.

Already the Australian Selectors will be looking to Hyderabad. Who will they 'rotate' out of the side?? Though they have 17 touring players, all they really have on the bench is Johnson and a few average T20 Players.

Remember, they call this Test Match Cricket because it is exactly that .... A TEST!!! Good luck with the long-hoppers who can only bowl 10overs/day.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

That was a tremodous inniing ever seen by fans, of course this was his home ground (Chennai Super King IPL) so knows the conditions well, if Australia was given a little chance they will grab it with both hands and he knew it well and he started the counter attack and how well he did which left the Australians clueless, hat's off to him and lets see if we make 65 more runs so that the lead crosses 200 runs which will make the run chase (if any) not much difficult.

Posted by crashed on (February 24, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

@Marcio well I think Australia did the same to SA last test series (preparing wickets to take out SA bowlers) and got bitten in the back for it lol I hope they drink their own medicine they tried on SA. If Australia is the best they should work something out ... the game is not over yet we will see what happens on days 4 and 5 and as for hard done for by refs - I remember Clarke got a decision which were not correct on 39 and he went on to make his 100 - I would say these things has a way of sorting themselves out cya enjoy the test - I am most certainly enjoying the game here in SA :)

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

I must be one of the few England fans who's stuck up for Lyon in the past but my word those figures are horrible? What's happening Australia, where's the Aussie grit? They'll be hoping to replicate our series comeback, but whether they will I'm doubtful since they lack a big turner of the ball. Their batting looks pretty good, but the bowling lacks bite.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 24, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

mitty2 not another aussie writing as an England fan to go with Front-Foot_Lunge. England supporters gont go around dising their team especially after they have beaten india come back when you actually win.

Posted by kmguhan on (February 24, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

it was a great knock from ms well supported in the end by bk. tomorrow india should bat atleast till lunch and boost a sizable lead around 200 runs plus to have a chance to win the match

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Is anyone talking about the flawed decision that saved Michael Clarke. His score would have been well within 100. This Aussie bowling attack is one of the best in the world, but how does that help if the opponent manages to take a lead and go past 500 runs. As a cricket lover, people should appreciate the efforts of a batter/captain managing runs with almost non supportive tailenders. Bhuveneshwar Kumar did well and should continue tomorrow, but Dhoni's contribution also gets an elevation due to the lack of uniformity of some of the other top order batsmen. India could have easily trailed behind the Australian score by good 70-80 runs. This is a mammoth effort in such circumstances. Made the Australian attack look far ordinary. Let's see if after a tiring day's work full of disappointments, do they have it them to bounce back tomorrow.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Well Played India, especially Tendulkar, Kohli and Dhoni. Well supported by Bhuvi in his first test match he is standing there with his captain after putting more than 100 for team coming it at number 10. And special mention about Sir Ravinder Jadeja and Sir Harbhajan Singh, I hope both of you are playing your last test. In next test we will like to see Pragyan Ojha and Ajinkya Rahane instead of Bhajji and Sir Jadeja.

Posted by BowlersWinMatches on (February 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Australia is now a mediocre team, even a true aussie fan cant argue that they dont have the batting technique to survive against decent bowler and decent pitches. i wander how furthur can clarke take this team. 2-0 series loss is imminent if they play well.

Posted by sankurian on (February 24, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

@Marcio Did you forget Tendulkar's 6 test hundreds in Australia? Sorry if you have kind of memory loss!

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

and they said dhoni is not a test player and he should be removed:) get well soon dhoni haters

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Brilliant Innings with perfect blend of Aggression and Perseverance.....Hope India Pulls this one off!!!

Posted by Smahuta on (February 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

India piling it on here witha superb knock by Dhoni. This hapless attack will need a test or two break after this match. What reserves did they bring?

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

A gem of an innings from Dhoni and without a doubt his best in test cricket. I was never a great admirer of his but today he has definitely commanded my respect. The pitch will start to break down on day 4 and he has ensured India cannot lose.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Jesus the guy with no technique hits double ton in test where all technical brilliant guys fails. what nis wrong with Pattinson and Australian bowling. lol...

On a serious note this absolute gem from Dhoni was treat to watch. Great innings from a great player. Keep it up Dhoni.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Undoubtedly one of the best TEST inning in the recent times.... With FAB Four around , may be it was not needed for him to SHOW up every time. Good to see MSD taking the responsibility while the batting line up is going through a transition. Its paramount now, he acts a pivot in the line up, especially when there are still a couple of WALKING wickets. Hope to see them walking after the first two tests :P Team INDIA, you made our day :)

Posted by Sanjeevakki on (February 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

MSD version 2.0 unveiled in Chennai like a true super king :-) And this Comes from a Loyal Royal Challenger Bangalore fan!!!!

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (February 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Lyon is just not good enough for test cricket. He was battered all over by the Saffas, Amla in particular took a liking for his non turning spin. And now he is currently going at 5 an over in a spinners paradise!! Shocker!!

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 24, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

It was such a good partnership between Dhoni and Kumar that they only offerred 2 chances to us, one caught and bowl of Clarke's bowling which was very tough and a dropped catch by Cowan at mid wicket which i should say was not a half chance as pointed out by Brettig, at test level those catches should be taken and may well have cost us the game as the lead was only 30 at that stage.We don'thave too many options but to bat really, really well second innings once the Indian innings gets done. Batting 90 overs in the second innings of this game may not be easy but that's the minimum we will need to do.

Posted by kaidranzer on (February 24, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

@Mitty2: "Tendulkar's inability to play spin"? Have I missed something in the past 20 years?

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (February 24, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

How is this Nathan Lyon allowed to play test cricket. He's bowled 40 overs and given away 182 runs on a turning wicket! That's 4.61 runs per over. Today Australia's pathetic and mediocre bowling attack has been exposed. They're AT BEST the 7th best test side in the world.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

A real captains knock by Dhoni. Sometimes a really good player will has their day and today's was Dhoni's day. India should win from here. I sensed Australia needed 400+ in the first innings on this wicket and so it has shown to be. BTW - can my fellow Aussies stop complaining about about the state of the Indian pitches? Whether you are right or wrong, it doesnt matter, we got to play the cards we are dealt with. Everyone knows, including Clarke and co, what to expect from Indian pitches, England did!

Posted by KhanMitch on (February 24, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Tendulkar's early dismissal raised my hopes as did have the wickets of Jadeja, Ashwin and Harbhajan in quick succession. But Dhoni played what can easily be described as one of the best innings as a captain you would see in such conditions and had a surprising ally in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's number 10. Cowan's dropped catch of Kumar will prove very costly in the context of this game, a lead of 30 or 50 would have been the end of things had that catch been taken but now it could go to 200 if Dhoni gets going tomorrow. I love Clarkey but his strategy of going on the defensive as soon as a batsman went after the bowling seems to have back-fired and we will have to come up with a backup plan if this happens again.

Posted by SamRoy on (February 24, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

@binu.emuliya Truth is I am a Dhoni basher just for his test captaincy. Everything else he does (limited overs batting, keeping and captaincy; and test batting (except on fast bouncy pitches) is very fine. His test wicket keeping has suffered a little in the last 1 year. The only issue is his test captaincy. Nobody is complaining of anything else (unless they are truly malicious of Dhoni). I am not, I truly like the guy, it is his test captaincy and sometimes the team selection (Jadeja over Ojha in this match e.g.) that I rant about.

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (February 24, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Hope Sachin, Dhoni & Ashwin Bashers will atleast shut up for the time being!!!

Posted by Sushrutdhakal on (February 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

I do not know why Dhoni's figures are not great in Tests. He certainly can bat with calculated aggression, required patience and shrewd judgment.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Looks like game over to me.But England lost the first test and came back with two spinners.Who will be Australias second spinner in the next tests? England had Pannesar, we have nothing, sar.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 24, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Australia's selectors have got precisely what they deserved for selecting four quick bowlers and an offie against an exclusively right-handed batting line-up on a grassless pitch.

As expected, Siddle and Starc have taken precisely zero wickets in 141 overs, and they and Henriques have combined figures of 64-12-184-1.

Didn't they watch how little success Broad and Anderson had in India three months ago?

Australia should have paired O'Keefe and Lyon as their main spinners with Maxwell batting at seven and turning his arm over. Pattinson and Johnson should have been the only quicks, and in Johnson's case he should have been selected as much for his batting as his bowling.

In other words, a lower order of 6 Wade 7 Maxwell 8 Johnson 9 Pattinson 10 O'Keefe 11 Lyon.

I remember Curtly Ambrose once going through an entire Test series in Pakistan without taking a wicket. Clearly Australia's selectors don't.l

Posted by Marcio on (February 24, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

The reality is you are not going to win games on a surface like this with 4 fastbowlers and Lyon. Inverarity stated clearly that there was "not a blade of grass" on the track three days before the game. So they knew what was coming up. Actually, the use of Pattinson was smart. The pitch is just so unfeasibly low and slow (just clay) that you have to beat the batsman through the air. So this game is as good as over. But it's not the end of the world. They just have to learn from their mistakes. I don't see any evidence that India has learned theirs, even despite this. This result may even hurt them in the long run. We already know from recent annihilations that Dhoni, Tendulkar and co. can't play overseas. How are their younger players meant to adapt when they are fed these conditions?

Posted by neilvirani on (February 24, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Tremendous innings from Dhoni!

The question is how long will he wait before declaring?

Ashwin aside, the bowling attack looked pretty toothless on the first day though the pitch will have deteriorated...

But then, this Aussie side is pretty inexperienced - could they bat long enough to play for the draw?

Clarke would be key.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

I am generally not a person who comments on the forum and neither am a fan of Dhoni or his strange technique... But today after witnessing one of the great test match innings from Dhoni... For me this is the best innings of Dhoni of all the formats he has played... He was sensible in defending the lower order batsmen and he took the attack to the opposition leaving clarke and co clueless... When everyone was believing 40-50 run lead, Dhoni had different idea. What makes this inning more special is we have all seen laxman,chander and dravid defending lower order batsmen but to defend ur partner and take the attack to opposition, I would say he is one of the kind.. the only cricketer capable of such thing might be gilly, but i dont remember any of his such knock defending the lower order batsmen... All I have for Dhoni is #respect. And not to mention well played Bhuvi....

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Ohh come on guys...All the aussie fans fans were glad with every condition,wrong decisions and everything saying that its all part of the game, saying this will be a competitive series,will be fun too watch and now as soon as India gets ahead there you are with all the excuses throwing all the sporting spirit in the trash.Seriously guys what do you mean by competitive that Australia-India play tough cricket but winning side is always Australia so that you guys can make fun of India.Guess it doesn't make any difference because you guys will do it anyways insulting India saying they don't deserve to win and everything.I am not saying India will emerge like WC after this match surely they will loose again but just try and praise what really was good today,accept opposition was better today and hope for a better performance from your team tomorrow.Try it once please

Posted by womenlovecricket on (February 24, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

I have always been a proud Dhoni fan and today the only thing I have to say is: Take that Dhoni bashers. The more you bash the more Dhoni shuts you up with his brilliance in cricket. The is without a doubt the best test innings I have ever seen and I am glad I got up early to see it live on TV. I will be telling my future children about this historic moment.

Posted by KhanMitch on (February 24, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Tendulkar's early dismissal raised my hopes as did have the wickets of Jadeja, Ashwin and Harbhajan in quick succession. But Dhoni played what can easily be described as one of the best innings as a captain you would see in such conditions and had a surprising ally in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's number 10. Cowan's dropped catch of Kumar will prove very costly in the context of this game, a lead of 30 or 50 would have been the end of things had that catch been taken but now it could go to 200 if Dhoni gets going tomorrow. I love Clarkey but his strategy of going on the defensive as soon as a batsman went after the bowling seems to have back-fired and we will have to come up with a backup plan if this happens again.

Posted by www.cricketforever.net on (February 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

@28041991 If u know a bit of English, being optimistic = being positive ! So whats the big deal in that ? Fine innings by Kohli but it was a blistering knock by Dhoni. He just did not let the Australian bowlers get into rhythm. We should rather declare now cos even if we make 20-25 runs more , we may lose some precious time ! Anyway India is miles ahead !

Posted by Dhanvanth on (February 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Good innings under pressure from dhoni. But not a really wonderful knock! Clarke's 130 was much better. Dhoni is an utter flop outside India. All his 6 test hundreds have come in subcontinent. But bcci wouldnt mind it..i am waiting for an article by harsha bhogle abt this. India s gonna win this match but aussies ll come hard in Hyderabad! Choose doherty for starc buddie! U cant win matches with pacemen in subcontinent.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Looks like it's going to be a real test of character for the Australians tomorrow. Good hard test cricket at it's best.

@FFL, your incessent posting about Lyon has crossed to line from imbecillic to excruciatingly boring. Give it a rest.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Australia outplayed today by Dhoni.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

JIndal - I dont need to read someone else comments to make my opinion. Milhouse79 - Any bloke that can take over 60 wickets at an average of 32 is certainly no loser. I note Swann and England were pasted in the first test. Lyon took a while to learn the indian length and once he did looked dangerous picked up 3 wickets but like the rest of the team was on the end of a Dhoni Masterclass. I say the only loser here is well that obvious isnt it.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (February 24, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

what a STUNNING INNINGS by captain courageous M S DHONI an absolute gem , mind it the pitch was not easy and he had to bat with the tail but he took calculated risk and put India on a winning path . Full moneys worth for the big sunday crowd at the stadium and millions watching on TV . Also well palyed by Sachin and Virat . Dhoni has silenced all his critics and proved that he is best man to lead team India ...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Thank you dear Mahi !!! Easily one of the BEST test innings I have EVER watched in my life. It goes to show he is a wonderful player in all formats of the game. This is what makes test cricket so wonderful to watch. Australia were bowling so well at the start of the day. Then some mesmerizing counter attack by MSD and Kohli. Now, India are in command. Still, a lot of hard work ahead for team India. But it was an unforgettable innings by Kohli as well. This is why I am a fan of test cricket. Australia have a tough battle ahead.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

R_U_For_Real_Nick; There has never been anything that is deadset plumb, there could have been 3-4 LBWs but some doubt to the naked eye with them all. We probably had a couple unlucky ones under that criteria but I dont think the umpiring has been of a poor standard. Sometimes there is luck in cricket and we havent been on the receiving end of the 50/50 LBW decisions and thats cricket before DRS I think where ever you were in the world the home side is favoured.

Posted by boehj on (February 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge - Watching Lyon try to bowl out the tail with endless dart balls is excruciating to watch.

For once I agree with FFL.

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

what are the wrong decisions that australia got that these ausie fans are whining about???? i dont understand ... are they watching live match or some other highlights.....???? may be they should read cricinfo comments....or may be they should learn the cricket basics.........but they need to learn there are many ways to show their frustration.....

or may be they are upset that all the ausie batsmen were out to spinner, which proves they are weak in playing spin......

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

Well batted Dhoni super innings. Really toook advantage of the fatigue Australian team in that last session. It was brilliant counter attack batting and I admire his fitness. To the AUssies other than thay one player we have competed superbly in this game. The last partnership has made it hard but need to fight to the end. Remember if it doesnt go as well as we would have liked England got absolutely drilled in there first test before rethinking there plan and coming back to win the series. Front-Foot-Lunge; Your pathetic musings about lyon just get worse all the time. You are a sa individual. Warner probably replaced Lyon because he had bowled over 30 overs in hot humid conditions. THere is only one batsman in this whole test that has collared him and that is Dhoni. He has beaten him a few times through the air but they have still gone for 6. Lyon has done a really good job and barely got to bowl a ball at the tail enders. Dhoni just played a knock where he was unstoppable.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 24, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

Welcome again, millhouse79. Nice to see your usual rant about Australia and Australians. Anything new out your way?

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 24, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Obviously good batting, but it has to be said the playing conditions are imbalanced to the point of being absurd. No way a fastbowler can do much when the ball does not bounce above waist height and there is no lateral movement or pace in the wicket. Would be better off having Mckay-style medium pacers, varying pace and grip, etc. Or even bowling 3 spinners, even of Doherty's quality. This simply isn't a remotely balanced contest the way this pitch has been manufactured. Has to be admitted that Lyon hasn't stacked up, but again the fact that the umpires won't give Indian batsmen out LBW doesn't help. How can any team go 150 overs on that pitch and not have a single LBW - but 7 clean bowled? India bowlers: not one bowled - but 4 LBWs. But this is India, and they just ain't gonna play fair, period.

Posted by msdhoni123 on (February 24, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

LOL at those who were bashing dhoni sachin kohli and ashwin before this match.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Pakistan Abbot-ed, Aussies Dhoni-ed!!! :-)

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 24, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

Great batting by Dhoni, master class stuff from him today. Dropped catches cost us today, Cowan dropped 2 catches, the one of Kumar at mid wicket could have got Sharma in and we could have wrapped them up with a 40 lead, now we are nearly 150 behind.I've got to say this is an impressive knock from Dhoni. I see that the production team seems to flash to Watson quite regularly, I wonder if the players are egging him on to trundle a couple in…or is it time for Wade's medium pace?!

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 24, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

This match is gone from Australia . No chance for them to save this match . This is where Australia lack compared to England. They have no quality spinners . And what an Innings from Dhoni . Simply superb . And I would say please get rid of Harbhajan even if he manages few wickets in the 2nd innings.

Posted by bemUSed2 on (February 24, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

no need to worry about umpires deciding this game... dhoni has done that with his outstanding innings, hats off to a true flat track bully who has little quality bowling to trouble him... for once i admit i agree with front-foot-lunge... lyon is not a fearsome spinner and england will relish facing him in the ashes

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

I reckon MS Dhoni will be thinking "get 650 maybe 700 and then declare".

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

somebody told me of i am being to optimistic that india will get 100+ lead..... well there the answer.....

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 24, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

Unless the ball hits the stumps, it looks like Aus. are being denied wicket after wicket here. Very strange game, with very strange umpiring, and as Mervo says below: what a contrast between the scorecards.

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

absolute gem dhoni...... what a time to get a great innings, just when he neded this innings....hope he continues this form.....

and the best part is the celebration...he knows his role... he knows he needs to get big lead to make sure india wont have too much to bat in 4th innings.....

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Wow this is a fantastic effort by dhoni and one of the best strike rates for a double hundred . Can't wait for Warner to reply

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Watching Lyon try to bowl out the tail with endless dart balls is excruciating to watch.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

@ Brendan Carter NONE of the lbws were plumb ,you ignored the INSIDE EDGES the Indians got but Aussies didn't. Jadeja didn't even trouble the Aussies that much. you are mirrorring the asian fans with your rants which are baseless.and SRT has suffered a lot of bad decisions in the past , and the decision on day 2 was NOT plumb but 50-50.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (February 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Lots of Aussies getting their whinging excuses in already I see! Nathan Lyon finally spins a ball! Stop the press! Mind you, it looks like he is getting flogged from here! I'd go with a four man attack and let Warner and Clarke do the spinning option. Warner is actually quite good! Mind you, I will clap Lyon's 200! Well played sir! To think of the great spinners the Aussies have produced and you champion this loser? Further evidence of the Aussies celebrating mediocrity.

Posted by KGY27 on (February 24, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

This is a joke!!!!!!! One spinner and Warner is bowling. Doherty should have played. Dhoni is a hacker at best. Didn't do anything in Australia and the BCCI defend criticism of 'prepared' pitches. Why is Lyon still bowling? This is all very confusing. Have the egos of tecselectors got in the way of making the best team decision.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Where is all Dhoni bashers? He is playing a gem of an innings

Posted by freo75 on (February 24, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Australia paying the price for their bizzare selection of five seamers

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Watching Warner replace Lyon as the superior spinner in the Australian team was a priceless moment. In any other team Lyon would be dropped for the rest of the series but something tells me there isn't another seamer in Aus to fill his place.

Posted by soumyas on (February 24, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

magic moments on star cricket channel will show "Sir Jadeja searching for stumps" in ultra motion...LOL

Posted by Hammond on (February 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

@Mervo.. is there any surprise given that Dhoni is Indian? He isn't going to bat like he grew up batting on the WACA is he?

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

man his dhoni is playing superb innings.....he looks committed...

i just love his bottom hand pushes he plays...he gets such a power through that bottom hand pushes....he will do it will ease.......

Posted by yogesh.gg on (February 24, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Posted by Brendan Carter on (February 24, 2013, 9:27 GMT) : Were you even watching it live ? Only Jadeja got one reprieve and apart from that all were inside edges or not convincing enough. India did not get any undeserving decisions and clarke was not given out and we know what impact he made ultimately .Moreover India had tons of plumbs at the end of Aus innings which were not given. So let's not whine and blame any player and accept that your bowlers could not do as much as our bowlers.

Posted by Fijicricket on (February 24, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Dravid_Gravitas - Sachin has enough centuries that no one would even come close- You seem to be the only one bothered! A magnificient 80 rest well with cricket lovers by the way why do you expect him to score centuries every game?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 24, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Starc makes me think that maybe Johnson would have more control. Considering the game is being played on rubble I'm still surprised Australia went in with 4 seamers. Did Arthur not learn from England? Please CA, snap up Boof as coach before he heads elsewhere.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Also there is one thing that i have always disliked about harbhajan and zaheer. when they bat they try to slog as if they are trying to finish a game. They lack one important quality that is grinding the opposition. Kumble never gave it away and even scored a hundred in England. You dont have to be a gilchrist to capitalize on the tired bowlers. Just grind them enough. Ishant some what does this but not zaheer or bhajji. These important runs may play an important role in the outcome of the match.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Dhoni averages 18 in Australia, Mervo. Again, I can't see any of this helping Indian cricket in the long run. Still haven't seen an Indian pace bowler take a wicket this tour, and its the third game. Most will take up golf, I suspect, and India will keep getting thrashed overseas because they produce dud wickets like this, no LBWs, batsmen and bowlers can't operate when they have to play on a normal wicket. A face saver short term. A disaster long term.

Posted by Diamond2017 on (February 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas - You ain't fooling anyone by paying homage to the chennai crowd when you call a tireless match winner a "stat" only player, as if stats come automatically..you have unbridled hate for certain player(s) and that has not gone unnoticed.

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

my point on jadeja's batting.... he has got good defense, but he lacks the scoring shots.... may be he need some time in the middle to score runs.... what if they send him up the order to bat??? but that not possible, he certainly cant open... and there are no vacancy in the middle.....

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

@Brendan Carter i think you are watching some other highlights...... just what decisions were in favour of india????? infact india got 2 decisions against them ( Clarke and nathan lyon )

you should think of better way to express frustration......

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

that was a matured celebration from kohli after reaching his hundred... good to see that....but i think he looses his concentration just a bit after he reaches 100... all his hundreds were ended up just below 120..... if he can keep that point he will do good in future..... there was a sense of satisfaction in his celebration..... and dhoni.. he dint even remove his helmet.... wah.... like that.......

Posted by jb633 on (February 24, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

@Mero, but this game is not played in Australia so your comments are irrelavent.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

@ Mitty2 ... you are seeing something that just isn't there. Clarke 'dried up all the runs' ... HA, HA, HA!!! All that happened was that Sachin and Kohli wanted to see off the opening spell .... and Lyon produced a ball that he hasn't reproduced since. I think it shocked Lyon more than Sachin. And if Clarke 'dried up all the runs' why didn't he do it again, and again, and again?? The Kholi/Dhoni partnership scored at approximately 5-runs/over. Surely Clarke could have dried up all the runs then!!!

Clarke showed his skill as a Captain with the way he managed Pattinson yesterday!!

@ Shaggy076 .... those two decisions were correct. Clarke's was blatantly wrong!!!

Congratulations Henriques on your 1st Test Wicket. I am sure that Mitty2 will say that it was a great bowling change from Clarke but we all know it was a gift from Harbhajan Singh.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

sachin-vvsfan; Im never going to dispute the Warner decision that was an easy one for the umpire.

Posted by jasonmad on (February 24, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Vinu Viswanathan Nair - *good* bowling :)

a fast, swinging, accurate yorker will work anywhere (ask Malinga), as will flight, loop and drop (Kumble).

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

JIndal - Whats your point cricinfo commentary doesnt get it wrong do they. Im watching it live and forming my own opinion. I still dont believe Dhoni snicked it bring out hotspot or snicko to prove me wrong Im happy for conclusive evidence. The umpire said Jadeja nicked his but he clearly didnt. My point was if the umpire deemed these inconclusive then how can they conclude Henriques and Wade were out (watching live not on slow mo) Because in slow motion Wade, Tendulkar, Jadeja and now Harbhajan SIngh were all out. Yoohoo - If Sachin was playing a shot he is probably the worst batsman to play the game. Most batsman know to hit the ball your bat has to be in front of the pad. sachinvvs-fan ; Clarke took his chance to put on another 100 runs - Tendulkar and Jadeja didnt. Maybe Henriques was going to score another 100. I read whinge after whinge on Clarke even claims of him being a poor sportsman. Some you win some you dont and there is a lot of luck involved in cricket.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 24, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

@Brendan Carter You are probably the first fan/anti fan who called sachin arrogant. Even pakistani fans call him only selfish but never arrogant. He has already retired in ODIs yet there is no DRS in ODIs. So is he still influencing the board? And if he had so much power over BCCI he would not have been forced to retire from ODIs (the format he had been playing decently). Get real DRS wont come in for next 2 years at least when srinivasan and his captain are at helm. And what decisions are you taking about? Jadejas and dhonis?

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

@Shaggy076

and what are you whinning about watson, moises, wade decision???? they were as plumb as you can get..... and dont forget clarke's howler of a decision.....

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 24, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

@vinodgupte, from 20th June 1996 to 24th Jan 2012, who scored the most runs for India? Hold your breath. It was Dravid. Keep your stupid century count to yourself and your favourite poster-boy, while Dravid and VVS took India from strength to strength from Kolkata to Adelaide to Pakistan to Jamaica. It's beyond my imagination how an intellectually 'honest' person like you could defend a guy like Statchin. Dravid never bats at his comfort zones unlike Statchin. He takes up added challenges and he may fail to score at times. For eg: even when Dravid was going through a lean patch in 2007/08 he opened in Australia as per the needs of the team. Your Statchin would run away from such challenges and keeps batting from comfort zones only. The world has seen his reluctance to come ahead in England even when Dravid carried the bat through. VVS was also made to ask to bat ahead of Statchin though VVS isn't a good front foot player than Statchin in swinging conditions. Get a life. Will ya?

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

@Shaggy076 who is this guy???? was he watching live match or some other match???? if you can read cricinfo commentary read that here

""100.2 -- Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, lovely slower ball at 122ks. It has done Dhoni in, has drawn a huge appeal for lbw. Dhoni shows the bat immediately, but not sure if there is an edge. Pitched on off, doesn't cut in much, hits him on the thigh of the back leg, but it is bent. Replays show an inside edge, though. Another good call from Dharma""

and regarding jadeja.... there was inside edge.... read it here

""99.1 Starc to Jadeja, FOUR, too much doubt with this leg-before appeal although Jadeja makes it look worse than playing across the line. Full, tailing in, hits him in the front of off or just outside, but he gets an inside edge onto the pad. And gets four for it. But was it pad first? Replays are inconclusive. Too much doubt, though""

cont....

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 24, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Posted by Brendan Carter on (February 24, 2013, 9:27 GMT): Tendulkar arrogant, belligerent??? LOL ROFL You must be living in some other universe really. And ever heard Tendulkar criticizing DRS?? He's above such nonsense. No decision of SRT ever cost India anything. Each one benefited us. So kindly worry about real issues and not made up hocum. Better still join ppl like Gravitas, Selfishkar (Both are same actually) and come up with something new to harp about the great man.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 24, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

What amazes me is how Australia can clean bowl 7 out if 8 Indian batsmen - at time of writing. Yet not one LBW appeal upheld in 116 overs - 2 should have been given ar least, while india did not bowl a single Australian batsman, two dodgy LBWs given. we are not playing on an even playing field. No wonder the Indians want nothing to do with DRS.

Posted by Gazooligan on (February 24, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

...and he did it again,.. And he did it again. That makes 3 wickets for the spinner who doesn't spin the ball. Which makes him the 'slow' bowler in this series with the second most wickets, following only the outstanding performance by Ashwin. Imagine how embarrassing it will be if Lyon gets even one wicket of an English,.. considering he is barely Shield quality, right?

Hoping he, or someone, gets Dhoni soon though!!

Posted by I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on (February 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

@whofriggincares you didn't understand what i am saying even a part time bowler pick wickets in cricket but this not seemed to be happen everytime.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 24, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 24, 2013, 8:56 GMT): I agree with you mate but won't bother with him much. Actually he has another alias called Selfishkar. Pretty sure his comments will turn up. Dravid was a great player though and of course this person doesn't answer any questions about him. He is not a Dravid fan also I suspect. He exists only for one reason. Bashing the great man. Case of dogs barking at a majestic elephant I would say.

Posted by phunny_game on (February 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

I don't know when will virat kohli learn that there is life after 100... Seen him getting out due to over confidence so many times after scoring a 100, especially in tests. I wonder if he will ever be able to get past his high score of 116 ever...

Sir Jadeja again showing his precision and decisiveness in leaving deliveries outside off stump...

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

A little disappointed in the umpiring, India got 4 LBW`s, in there favour, 2 were poor decisions, yet the Aussies have been denied wicket`s, when players are plumb LBW, without offering a shot. It is high time, all the other Cricket nations, stood up too the BCCI, i don`t blame the BCCI`, wholly, but the power one player has over the BCCI. Tendulkar, the arrogant, belligerent, Master Batsman, knows he is a prime LBW, candidate, and it his refusal too use `DRS`, that cost`s his team, poor decisions. I hope once he retires, the BCCI, start using the `DRS`, it will only benefit the young Indian batsmen, and bowlers, coming up through the ranks. One poor decision, can cost a player, representing his Country, hopefully the BCCI, support the younger generation, coming through, and not allow older players, too refuse the `DRS`, anymore.

Posted by Mervo on (February 24, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Interesting that of 7 out, 6 are bowled. No LBWs given at all. What a contrast between the two sides

Posted by Mervo on (February 24, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

I watched Dhoni in Australia. He was embarrassed, we were embarrassed and he knew it. Against pace bowling on a normal wicket he is a real tail ender. On slow wickets - he is a different man. He has the time his technique needs.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 24, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

@hhillbumper: Does this well thought out concept categorize and determine the likes of amla, kallis, chanderpaul and sanggakara? I mean they and tendulkar have some pretty dismal test averages right?? :)

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (February 24, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@Shaggy076 "it looks like the umpires have more than made up for the Clarke error". No Clarke went on to add about 100 more (that means 160-180 partnership easily)

Jadeja did not add much .Sachin's and warner's decisions cannot be compared. Warner was clearly out. That said Lyon must be given some credit. He is not as bad as some of the fans(anti fans) suggest here. Looking at the way kholi got out it looks like the pitch is going to get worse.Not good for test cricket.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

He did it. After having bowled over 4000 balls in test cricket, after 2 days of bowling 2nd on a paradise of a spinners pitch, Lyon finally got his first ever ball to spin out of the rough. Well done. Now go back to shield cricket and let a real test-standard bowler in the team Nathan. You're one of the cogs in the broken engine of Australian cricket, one of the reasons it's been a laughing stock for so long. No need to mention that Ashwin got it to spin from Day 1 (And it's now Day 3), just keep on in the team Nathan, as England will be licking their lips to smash you around the park for 6 an over during the B2B Ashes. lol.

Posted by Simoc on (February 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Great innings from Dhoni here. Taking the game away from Oz. I think a 100 run lead will be enough for India. To bad Oz selectors failed to pick Doherty; plain dumb. While Siddle is a great No 4 bowler we're not going to beat anyone away with his mediocrity. If you want to dry up an end pick Bird. The fast guys aren't going to take 20 wickets and win you tests in tests in India. When have they?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

70,000 capacity stadium filled to capacity. Awesome! Bravo Chennai! Respects to you and your people.

Posted by bemUSed2 on (February 24, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

i do not support either team so surely it's ok for me to say that the bad umpiring in this test must come under close scrutiny... so many lbws not given for both sides that look out and the second innings of the match hasn't even been completed yet... it will be a real shame if one of these decisions decides the match

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Ollystrange; Didnt see the end of the Aussie innings was playing cricket myself. What nick are you talking about Jadeja clearly clipped his pad with bat. Cratty-Rabbi - THis is a close game maybe win this one before predicting 4-0. Ashwin was outbowled by Lyon in Australia and he is starting to get used to the Indian length.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Team India is back on track but what a miss from master the he couldn"t make his ton.. but Virat Kohli has played a special knock of hundred with polite and calm,Dhoni showed that he is capable for what abosolutely fantastic knock by indian skipper here at Chennnai.....

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 -

Do you even read cricinfo's commentary properly ? Dhoni was NOT OUT. Let me post this for you. Read it properly :-

"100.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, lovely slower ball at 122ks. It has done Dhoni in, has drawn a huge appeal for lbw. Dhoni shows the bat immediately, but not sure if there is an edge. Pitched on off, doesn't cut in much, hits him on the thigh of the back leg, but it is bent. Replays show an inside edge, though. Another good call from Dharma"

And Jadeja's case was INCONCLUSIVE too. Here you go :-

"99.1 Starc to Jadeja, FOUR, too much doubt with this leg-before appeal although Jadeja makes it look worse than playing across the line. Full, tailing in, hits him in the front of off or just outside, but he gets an inside edge onto the pad. And gets four for it. But was it pad first? Replays are inconclusive. Too much doubt, though"

Next time, Get your facts right, before posting something silly.

Posted by yoohoo on (February 24, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 - Dhoni on 93 was a clear inside edge, and dhoni himself indicated as much by showing his bat. And the Jadeja lbw shout was nowhere near plumb. It was going down leg, and there was a decent chance it would have missed leg. Either way he got out about 5 runs later, so no harm done. And please don't bring up the tendulkar decision yesterday, the umpire decided tendulkar was offering a shot and so it was not out.

I think you don't know the difference between howlers like the clarke decision, and the marginal ones.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 24, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

dravid_gravitas is an intellectually dishonest person who tucks his tail firmly between his legs and chooses not to answer questions raised on Dravid's below-par performances in AUS, SA and SL in test matches. While SRT has 16 centuries in these three countries, Dravid has, hold your breath, 3 centuries only. Dravid averages 41, 29 and 33 in these countries resp. while SRT averages 53, 46 and 68.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

It's crazy.. Ashwin bagged 7 aussie wickets and now pattinson claims all those Indian wickets... So what type of bowling is being supported by the pitch? Is it pace or spin??

Posted by Ollystrange on (February 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

@Shaggy076: What have you been smoking, dude? There were three plumb lbws towards the end of the Aus 1st innings which were not given. And are you actually watching the cricket? If yes, how did you miss out on the inside edges? Maybe you should, along with Sehwag, visit a different optometrist!

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 24, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

tendulkar must be completely embarrassed to get out to Lyon. maybe it is time he retires because if you lose a wicket to him it must be time to go

Posted by whofriggincares on (February 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@I AM INDIA SUPPORTER, deceiving the batsmen and getting them to make a mistake is what spin bowling is all about! You cant blast through like Pattinson did to your weak top order. And what has Sachins dismissal have to do with getting Dravid out? Your comment just shows that you dont understand the game at all.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Mitty 2 - Your wasting intelligent comments if you are directing them at RedNWHiteArmy. I am worried about our attack in England as Pattinson, Starc and Lyon have never taken a test wicket against them. You forgot we need to worry about Jimmy Anderson averaging 39 against us as well.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 24, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

@mitty2 cry me a river. And every time you use stats on here, they always turn out to be made up. Try living in the real world.

Posted by crafty-Rabbi on (February 24, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

What a great counter attack by Dhoni and Kohli. Australia's bowling unit looks very mediocre. Pattinson being the exception but he is already looking jaded. Lyons is a county level spinner, at best. certainly not an international level spinner. If India get a lead of 150 this test may be over tomorrow. Ashwin will make mincemeat of them.

Tendulkar really looked to be on his way to a ton this time until he got bogged down in the 70's. He definitely has the ability still but I think he is feeling the pressure mentally and was undone by a Lyon ball fizzing out of Starc's foot hole.

I still see India taking this series 4-0 unless Australia unearth a decent pair of spinners. Their batting line up is superior and they have one superb spinner in Ashwin and another class act in their leggy, Jadeja.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 24, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

The luck certainly not with Australia here, Jadeja plumb on 11 given 4 runs. Next over DHoni plumb on 93 all to go with the Tendulkar decision yesterday. Considering Henriques got a tough decision and Watson and Wade would have had similar doubt to the recent two decisions - it looks like the umpires have more than made up for the Clarke error.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

Well played Sachin, happy to see you score again. Hope you will make a ton in second inning against aussies. Love you so much.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Great to see that finally Dhoni has acquired the maturity to throw away the 'I am a matured and carefull batsman' cloth, which he used to wear without any logical purpose, and stick to his natural game and bat freely.

I just hope that this real maturity stays with him for some time.

Posted by jasonmad on (February 24, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Excellent loop, drop and a huge rip on that ball from Lyon to go straight through Tendulkar. Ajmal and Swann will be welcoming him into the official offie club after a few more of those. Keep up the good work Nath, pick up some tips from Bhajji through the series while you're there.

Posted by Bloodprince on (February 24, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

@Mitty2 : You can not blame sachin as quoted by you" tendulkar's inability to play spin" just to praise how good swann is. Swann is like king in a town of dumbs of spin..

Leave Tendulkar,Even Jadeja is better player of spin then counterparts in English Team.

Posted by I_AM_INDIA_SUPPORTER on (February 24, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

somebody here saying Lyon the great because he got a wicket of sachin.If he is best after one wicket of little master then you have to say imran farhat also the best becoz he got The great wall of India (Rahul Dravid 270)wicket at rawalpindi.when other bowlers struggled to get him out. It was the mistake of sachin that he made the ball looked like a good one :-)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 24, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

It's unbelievable, the first ball I watched Statchin was bowled through the gate. Can't ask for more. This is going to keep me happily awake the whole night, following the rest of the day's play. Well played Kohli. Congrats on the century. Good going Dhoni, thus far. Poor Statchin, not able to get that century. 2 years and counting....

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 24, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Too much hype about that ball dismissed Sachin,I think odd balls spinning too much on the rough and Sachin got one ball like that,but Lyon is very expensive and good for India,If he is not able to take wicket in this pitch,he is not gaoing to take wickets in any surface!

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@rednwhitearmy that's a good one. That wouldve taken real intellect to formulate such a thought. I'm sorry, because that's such an intelligent thing to say, I'm going to have to copy you, I'm glad panesar took wickets in India, because now there's a chance he could play us in the ashes!

We all know of panesar's phenomenal record against Australia, with an absolute ripper average of 76.5, I really really am scared of facing him! :)

Oo let us not forget swann's lovely bowling average against us as well! We are historically clueless against him. His bowling average exceeds 40! Brilliant from the worlds best spinner!!

Posted by satishchandar on (February 24, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Well.. This is how you neglect spin in spinning track. Smash him for 4 every over, push the opposite captain to take new ball and bowl his pace bowlers on a breaking spitting spin track and punish him even more by smacking his pace battery for more boundaries. Splendid splendid counter attacking recovery and that coming off against Aussies who are masters in it is just satisfying..

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 24, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

I really hope Lyon gets some wickets against India & so guarantee him playing against England.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 24, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Nathan Lyon just too good for Ten'kar !! Never seen G Swann spinning a ball like the one there...ever. Among offies only magicians Ajmal and Murali have done anything like that ... another matter that the so called spinners are ordinary compared to the masters above...... Lyon needs a few wkts and not let it to pacers only in order to justify his spot for the next test/s though....

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 24, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

But on a serious note, brilliant bowl from Nathan, I just wish he'd bowl that little bit closer to the stumps so there's two angles created and it's not just all one direction. The natural away drift could them be accentuated and vitalized. He could've had tendulkar out yesterday as well with that borderline contentious non decision, and was unlucky for the numerous inside edges not to go to hand, but working on ifs isn't going to do much is it!

Yet again, great captaincy from Clarke today, drying up runs, then putting on nath to lull the indians into playing false shots. All though that delivery would've gotten anyone out, I'd say much of the credit needs to go to sids, patto and Clarke.

Great bowling again from pattinson, he's really looking good. In the future, him, harris, siddle/bird, Lyon with henriques being the 5th bowler as an all rounder would be the best attack imo.

Really well played dhoni, great counter attack, their whole innings hinges on how the new bowl is played.

Posted by mixters on (February 24, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

I am breathlessly waitlng for front foot lunge to come up with a seamer quip about lyon. I saw the ball it was the perfect off break but I am sure our great friend FFL will say not. Anyway great ball Lyon

Posted by Samychennai on (February 24, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

CSK players inclusion in the team were criticized before the start. The way India played is through help of CSK players and Dhoni knew that local advantage to add these players. It was proved by Ashwin and Jadeja's help to taking wickets where else others couldn't it. Vijay's inclusion also criticized by other CSK haters and they didn't question about Sewag. Both of them were failed but it will happen in the match but have to wait for second innings to take the rights to criticize about players..The reason to include CSK players is, they (Dhoni, Raina,Ashwin, badhrinath) are inform players in any format and Vijay is inform at local match and Jadeja is coming in the sense of all rounder from the IPL powerhouse side...

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

kohli is playing beautifully ... and good to see some aggression from dhoni.... would like to see some aggression in captaincy also.......

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 24, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Thats not possible. nathan isn't even a quarter of the 'long established worlds biggest turner of the ball in swann', and yet he got tendulkar out??? Must have been a fluke and a product of tendulkar's inability to play spin. Nathan is a seamer and the world still awaits for that momentous occasion when he finally turns a bowl. Australia's inevitable decline is still in full flight, and all though we (eng) let India score 600+ in their innings in our first test match in which we had one more tour game than aus did and two series in the sub continent before (pak and SL) to prepare for India, aus currently have India four down for 360 runs less on a much worse pitch, horrible. Let us not forget that we had the worlds best spinner in the team and they still scored 600. Brilliant swanny. we are so much better than Australia because we have lost four more test matches than them since the ashes and we beat them in a really meaningful and influential odi series. Right FFL?

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 24, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

'Oh Lyon, what a beauty! That's a lovely Offspinners wicket'- Time you found another car to bark at F-F-L. Try Posting on tennis or bowls, you couldn't possibly understand them any less than you do cricket!!!! Now just for fun, Great contest, India clearly galvanised by their embarrassing loss to the soft bellied English 11 have turned this into a real arm wrestle.

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 24, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Wake up on a Sunday morning and watch SACHIN TENDULKAR get out in 80s.. terrible!! But Virat is out there playing really well. Hopefully,he is going to make it a happy Sunday!!

Posted by Gazooligan on (February 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

...I'm waiting for FFL to put as much spin on his version of the ball that took Tendulkars wicket as Lyon put on the ball itself, haha...

Posted by phunny_game on (February 24, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Lyon is bowling well but a boundary ball every over wont help surely...

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