Australia finally bowled put India for 572 within the first hour of Day Four of the first Test at the MA Chidambaram stadium.
MS Dhoni started the day like he ended Day Three, on an aggressive note. On just the second ball of the day, Dhoni reverse-swept Nathan Lyon for four and stated his intent. In Lyon's next over, Dhoni smacked him over long-on for a huge six.
Australia finally got rid of Dhoni (224 off 263 balls) after he tried to pull James Pattinson, but found the edge which carried to 'keeper Matthew Wade. A marathon knock came to an end as the Chennai crowd rose to applaud their hero. Meanwhile, not many at the MA Chidambaram Stadium had realised that Pattinson has taken five wickets.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar then seemed to have taken over the reins from Dhoni. The young all-rounder took most of the strike and did the scoring, whilst shielding Ishant Sharma from strike.
Australia finally managed to bowl outthe hosts for 572 as Peter Siddle got his first wicket of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after a fine innings of 38 on debut, eventually holed out to Michael Clarke at mid-on as he went for the shots.
Australia will bat for just under an hour before lunch and trail India by 192 runs.
Brief Scores: Australia 380 (Michael Clarke 130, Moises Henriques 68, David Warner 59; Ravichandran Ashwin 7 for 103) trail India 572 (MS Dhoni 224, Virat Kohli 107, Sachin Tendulkar 81; James Pattinson 5 for 96) by 192 runs.
First Published: February 25, 2013, 10:55 am