India’s Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay turned around the third day of the Mohali Test with a blazing batting show that left Australia shell-shocked.
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At the end of the first session of the third day the Australian hopes would have risen to levels not seen before this series, with the lower-order having added 135 runs to their overnight score.
Mitchell Starc was unfortunate to miss his first first-class century by a run after Steven Smith became the first to get out in the 90s on the day.
Still a score of 407 looked good enough on a track that accorded turn for the spinners and showed intermittent signs of reverse swing.
That was till debutant Dhawan joined Vijay and took over the PCA Stadium in Mohali in a 58-over show that yielded 283 runs without loss.
Plenty of records went down including one that saw Dhawan become the fastest scorer of a century on Test match debut, an 85-ball effort that broke Matt Prior’s record of 100 off 105 balls in his first game.
At the other end Vijay seemed to be continuing from where he’d left off in the second Test, defending out the good deliveries while taking advantage of anything remotely loose.
Dhawan did not stop at his century either. As if to prove that his first 100 wasn’t a fluke, his next 81 came in even time as well to help him end unbeaten on 185 (168 balls).
A double-century on debut has been achieved only five times before this and Dhawan’s boundary-filled knock deserves a 200 as much Smith and Starc did their respective 100s but it remains to be seen if he gets there on the fourth day.
More vitally what seemed like a game where an Australian win or a draw were the only two possible results has now a distinct chance of India emerging on top as well.
A lot, however, depends on how the pitch goes on to behave on the fourth day and its corresponding deterioration, with the second Australian innings proving to be crucial in this rain-affected encounter.
If India can push on and get to 150 in front with around 115 overs remaining, there will be every chance of them making a late run for a 3-0 scoreline.
Australia, on the other hand, need to pick early wickets to stall the quick scoring that was on display today, failing which they could face another long day in the office.
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