3rd Test, Mohali, Mar 14-18 2013, Australia tour of India
408 & 223
(33.3 ov, target 133)
499 & 136/4
India won by 6 wickets
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Daniel Brettig

Dhawan flattens Australia with fastest debut century

Shikhar Dhawan stroked his way to a breathtaking century, its 85-ball duration the swiftest ever by a Test debutant

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
Australia408(141.5 overs)1st Innings
India499(132.1 overs)1st Innings
Shikhar Dhawan187 (174)
Murali Vijay153 (317)
Peter Siddle5/71(29.1)
Australia223(89.2 overs)2nd Innings
India136/4(33.3 overs)2nd Innings

A historic win for India in what was effectively a 13-session match. That Dhawan blitz set it up after Australia had put up 408. You don;t see sides losing after scoring 400 in four-day matches. Despite all the fight on the final day, Australia have problems and problems staring. India can rejoice and celebrate and aim to win four Tests in a series for the first time in their Test history. We will be back with that final Test this Friday. Cheers

Quotes from the presentation

"I would like to thank god and my family," says Shikhar Dhawan, MoM. "It's s dream come true. When I entered, I was nervous for three-four balls. Once I got into my rhythm, I played my natural game. Vijay did a great job too. I wanted to stay at the crease as long as possible, I didn't want to throw my wicket away. I will cherish this for the rest of my life. The finger is going to take a bit of a time. It's all part and parcel of the game. I fell on my knuckles when I dived."

"We don't think about revenge in sport," says MS Dhoni. "We have exploited the conditions well. Even the fast bowlers have done well despite conditions helping spinners. Jadeja's inclusion has helped. It meant we were playing with five specialist bowlers. We bowl 12-125 overs on an average to get teams out, so we get tired. It was one of the best batting exhibitions when it comes to batting in pairs, Vijay and Dhawan. The pitch got better to bat on a bit. There were foot marks, but I don't think it was alarming. Bhuvnesh's wickets in the second innings helped us win the game. We may try a few things in Delhi but it is important to win all Tests."

"I think we showed character," says Michael Clarke. "But we have to give credit to India. The start that Dhawan and Vijay gave was outstanding, and all credit to them. The way we came out and fought with the ball today is amazing, but once again the Indian batters showed us that once you get in, you have to score big. We are disappointed, but hopefully we can finish on a high in Delhi. Over the past two years, we have been consistent at home, but not away from home. We continue to learn, there are some positives but there are certainly areas we can get better. I told the boys this morning that we can win the match. We always look for ways to win."

Dhoni is cool about this, but Fletcher is shouting and almost seems he might invade the field. Jadeja is jubilant, Dhoni doesn't show much emption. He takes one stump out as souvenir. This is only the fourth time India have won three Tests in a series, and only the third time they have led by 3-0. The physio has plucked out a stump for the injured Dhawan.

Australia have now lost eight of their last 10 Tests in India, but they can hold their heads high after today. They stretched this all the way with such limited resources. Just hang around for the quotes from presentation

Starc to Dhoni, FOUR runs
India go 3-0 up with the third boundary this over. Pulled away emphatically over square leg
Starc to Dhoni, FOUR runs
walks down the wicket, Starc goes straight, and Dhoni flocks this over square leg. Scores level now

Two slips, five more men saving one

Starc to Dhoni, FOUR runs
length ball on off, Dhoni goes over cover. Those two hits from Jadeja have given him a lot of confidence. It is over now

Three overs to go. Nine to win

end of over 338 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 124/4CRR: 3.75 
Ravindra Jadeja8 (5)
MS Dhoni6 (25)
Peter Siddle11-2-34-1
Mitchell Starc10-1-39-0
Siddle to Jadeja, no run
slower-ball yorker, Jadeja is on the walk. Just about keeps it out
Siddle to Jadeja, FOUR runs
that oughta do it. Jadeja has cleanly cleaned up Dhoni. Short of a length, punched between the umpire and the non-striker. Incredible hit under pressure
Siddle to Jadeja, no run
swipes this time and finds midwicket. Dhoni walks up for a chat
Siddle to Jadeja, FOUR runs
Jadeja, as with ball, strikes at a crucial time again. Length ball, on off, and he lofts it over mid-off. Not the cleanest of hits but he clears mid-off

Two slips in place

Siddle to Jadeja, no run
on a lenght, moving away, Jadeja pushes at it, is beaten

In comes Ravindra Jadeja. What a time to come him in. Will be see Ojha finish this game off again? Remember Mohali, 2010? If he needs Laxman to abuse him, Laxman will oblige on air

Siddle to Tendulkar, OUT
Tendulkar is gone. Australia stay alive. Australia are fighting. Tendulkar walks across and down, is beaten by the swing, but he gets the leg-bye. The ball, though, has gone nowhere, and Warner swoops in from short cover. Tendulkar is not even in the vicinity
SR Tendulkar run out (Warner) 21 (71m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.30

Seventeen required off four overs. There is no justice in the world. Mohali sends in about 100 people to every Test, but gets all the thrilling Tests

end of over 325 runs
INDIA: 116/3CRR: 3.62 
MS Dhoni6 (25)
Sachin Tendulkar21 (22)
Mitchell Starc10-1-39-0
Peter Siddle10-2-26-1
Starc to Dhoni, no run
big inswinger, beats the inside edge, but neither will he got the lbw nor will Dhoni get a leg-bye

Two slips in

Starc to Tendulkar, 1 run
Tendulkar is working this out well. Pushes this shortish delivery wide of mid-off, and has taken the single off the fifth ball of the over
Starc to Tendulkar, no run
lovely delivery. He showed him the slower ball but didn't bowl it. This one held its line outside off, at short of a length, and beat the edge
Starc to Tendulkar, no run
full, just outside off, driven to point
Starc to Tendulkar, FOUR runs
Tendulkar is closer to settling it. Incredible shot. Short of a lenght, angling in, driven over mid-off. Read those words again and again. This is incredible
Starc to Tendulkar, no run
short of a length, angling to top of off. Defended to cover

Twenty-two required off the last four overs

end of over 313 runs
INDIA: 111/3CRR: 3.58 
MS Dhoni6 (24)
Sachin Tendulkar16 (17)
Peter Siddle10-2-26-1
Mitchell Starc9-1-34-0
Siddle to Dhoni, 2 runs
Dhoni gets a couple. Will make India breathe a little easy. Pushes at a wide length ball, places it wide of the diving point and square of the third man

No slip, they have a short cover and short midwicket

Siddle to Dhoni, no run
another outswinger, left alone, the crowd gets into the act. What is going in that head of Dhoni? He is a master of this game

Dhoni 4 off 22, Tendulkar 16 off 17

Siddle to Dhoni, no run
what a ripper. Siddle you beauty. Lovely outswinger. Reverse-swinging outswinger. Lands on off, and beats the push. This deserved a wicket at best of times

Bob the Builder: "Ooopsie .... they are creating a cliff, then making a cliffhanger of the chase!!!"

Best performances - batsmen
S Dhawan
187 runs (174)
33 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
101 runs
19 fours
2 sixes
M Vijay
153 runs (317)
19 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
49 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
PM Siddle
B Kumar
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossAustralia , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of India
Player Of The Match
Shikhar Dhawan
Series resultIndia led the 4-match series 3-0
Match numberTest no. 2081
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days14,15,16,17,18 March 2013 (5-day match)
Test debut
Shikhar Dhawan
Richard Kettleborough
Aleem Dar
TV Umpire
Sudhir Asnani
Reserve Umpire
Rajesh Deshpande
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle