India vs Australia 1st Test Match Day 4 Live Cricket Score
MS Dhoni registered the highest score by an Indian captain in Test cricket before falling to James Pattinson on the fourth day of the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday.
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The breakthrough came after Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar resumed the Indian first innings to start play on Day 4.
On Day 3, a maiden double hundred by Dhoni and Virat Kohli's fourth century flattened Australia as India finished at 515/8 with a lead of 135 runs.
India scored 333 runs for the loss of five wickets on Day 3 that belonged to Dhoni. The pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli started off on a cautious note but that backfired as Tendulkar departed after adding just 10 runs to his overnight score.
Kohli and Dhoni then turned the tables as they played aggressively to add 128 runs. Kohli got to his century but couldn't last long.
Dhoni took over the reins from then on and played cleverly to hit amagnificent double century. Bhuvneshwar Kumar played like a matured cricketer in his debut match and stood his ground to give Dhoni good company.
The Australians have a lot to worry about as the pitch is already spitting venom and it will only get worse as the Test match progresses.
Dhoni was simply unstoppable at Chepauk after the promise of a Tendulkar century was broken in the first hour.
The Dhoni-Kohli partnership yielded 128 runs at a crucial time, which included the introduction of the second new ball just after lunch. Dhoni saw this as his opportunity to hit out.
Anything pitched in his zone went crashing over the off-side cordon and the Aussies were suddenly on the defensive. The Indian captain stepped out to medium-pacer Moises Henriques and hit him out of the park, which prompted skipper Clarke to call back offie Nathan Lyon.
Lyon tried to target the rough created near the good-length spot outside the off-stump, but he found it difficult to hit it on a regular basis. Dhoni, to his credit, stepped out and often took Lyon on the full and crashed him for boundaries past cover.
Kohli, on the other end, was in his elements. He didn't mind leaving a few deliveries outside the off and as the pacers tried to make him play a bit more, the Delhi boy brought his wrists into play and flicked those away.
The celebrations after his century weren't the usual display of aggro but a quiet kiss on the logo of the helmet, which showed that Kohli is mellowing down. He fell soon after to Lyon.
The Aussies knew this was their chance and they attacked. With Dhoni on 93, James Pattinson had him plumb in front, but umpire Kumar Dharmasena said not out.
This was a killer blow for the Aussies and even though they had Ravindra Jadeja (16), R Ashwin (3) and Harbhajan Singh in quick succession, they were to hit a road-block called Dhoni.
The captain started refusing singles to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (batting 16) and took it upon himself to press the accelerator. With the pacers tiring, Clarke and David Warner were bowling their part-time spin, and it was canon-fodder to Dhoni, who hit them at will and completed the double hundred with a nudge towards short third-man.