India will resume their first innings at 515 for eight on the fourth day of the first Test against Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium with MS Dhoni (206 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (16 not out) at the crease.
Dhoni's spectacular maiden double century took India 135 runs past Australia on Day Three. India were 196 for four when Dhoni marked his guard. They still trailed Australia by just under 200 runs and, more importantly, had lost the wicket of the talismanic Sachin Tendulkar early.
Along with Virat Kohli, Dhoni soaked in the pressure initially and then eventually countered by going about at a more than healthy rate, as the boundaries began to flow in. There was a point, after the second new ball was taken, when Dhoni raced from 44 off 57 balls to 72 from 71. Kohli brought up his fourth Test hundred in the process , and didn't look like stopping there. Dhoni, meanwhile, was swatting the bowlers all over the park from the other end.
When the umpires called stumps at 5pm, 30 minutes after the scheduled close of play, India's lead read 135 runs and Dhoni's score read 206 not out from 243 balls. This included a whopping 22 boundaries and five heaves into the stands.
The expected declaration hadn't come as the teams walked back after a long, hot day out in the middle at Chennai. Michael Clarke's men, who had all but been murdered by Dhoni and Kohli, would only hope it comes early Monday morning.
Brief Scores: Australia 380 (Michael Clarke 130, Moises Henriques 68, David Warner 59; Ravichandran Ashwin 7 for 103) trail India 515 for 8 (MS Dhoni 206*, Virat Kohli 107, Sachin Tendulkar 81; James Pattinson 4 for 89) by 135 runs.
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First Published: February 25, 2013, 9:24 am