Ms Dhoni 200 Runs Record vs Australia in 1st Test 24 Feb 2013

Ms Dhoni 200 Runs Result vs Australia in 1st Test 24 Feb 2013.Watch MS Dhoni 200 (Double Century) batting highlights video full coverage ball by ball 5 six’s & 22 fours boundaries in betting against Aus team in 1st Test 3rd day at Chennai.Dhoni smashed best shots and make his record highest Test score.MS Dhoni played the captain innings for Indian team in 1st Test match against Australia. It was the big stuff from the Indian captain. India made big run up in 1st Innings against Australia. Dhoni faced just 231 balls for his maiden 200 runs at Chennai. Enjoy MS Dhoni batting Highlights 1st Test Match vs Australia.

All the Australian players walk up to MS Dhoni to shake his hand. The dressing room is on its feet. Same with the stands. Dhoni owns this day. They came in to bat when India had scored some 13-14 runs in hour and had lost Tendulkar. In they strode purposefully, and began to counterattack. Then they lost Kohli – heir to his captaincy – for a nice century, and slowed down to stabilise the innings. Then they saw Jadeja, Ashwin and Harbhajan get out and Australia claw their way back. After that they let rip. They did much as they liked. If they wanted a single off the last ball, they took. If they desired to hit a six, they did. If they desired to place the ball for a couple, they did. Dhoni has scored 206 of the 319 runs that have come with him at the wicket. Of this ninth-wicket stand worth 109, Bhuvneshwar has scored only 16. Mazher Arshad tells me they is now 28 off the highest score by a wicketkeeepr, the 232 by Andy Flower. They will see tomorrow if that happens, but for the moment they has put India in a position from which it is impossible to lose. An innings win is a likelier result now than an Indian defeat. They will see you tomorrow with more.

Spectators entered the M Chidambaram Stadium seriously hoping to see a Sachin Tendulkar century. They were to leave it chanting the name of the unbeaten double-centurion MS Dhoni, after watching of the most brutal and influential innings the ground has witnessed.

Crashing & caressing his highest score, Dhoni tilted the first Check firmly India’s way after days in Chennai. In a startling display of power & poise that amounted to a six-hour celebration of Dhoni’s inimitable system, Australia’s bowlers, fielders & captain Michael Clarke were humbled. India lead by 135, but the psychological effect of such an innings is bound to be weightier than that, much as Tendulkar flattened Mark Taylor’s team on this ground in 1998.

Ms Dhoni 200 Runs Highlights vs Australia in 1st Test 24 Feb 2013

Ms Dhoni 200 Runs vs Australia Ball by ball commentary Full inning:

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63.2 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni tries the bog sweep first ball, makes no connection, and Clarke collects the ricochet off Wade’s pads
63.3 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to mid-on, and Dhoni is quick to steal a single
India 197/4   MS Dhoni 1* (2b)
64.1 Starc to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, defended
64.2 Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, on the pads, bunted away for a single
64.5 Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs, clipped away off the pads for a single
64.6 Starc to Dhoni, no run, wide length ball, left alone
India 203/4   MS Dhoni 4* (6b)
65.6 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni attacks in an attempt to upset Lyon’s rhythm, but gets a thick inside edge just wide and just short of midwicket
India 206/4   MS Dhoni 6* (7b)
67.1 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, full and wide, driven wide of mid-off for one
67.4 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni jabs at this, which is what Lyon wants. He gets the bat-pad too, but it eludes the outstretched right hand of Cowan at short leg
India 216/4   MS Dhoni 8* (9b)
68.1 Starc to Dhoni, no run, wide length ball, left alone
68.2 Starc to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, left alone
68.3 Starc to Dhoni, no run, full, on off, defended to short cover off the back foot
68.4 Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs, low full toss, driven square of third man for two
68.5 Starc to Dhoni, no run, full, a bit outside off, tailing further away, left alone
68.6 Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball, on off, right forward to push it for a single through point
India 219/4   MS Dhoni 11* (15b)
69.1 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni sweeps from outside off, gets a single to deep square leg
India 220/4   MS Dhoni 12* (16b)
70.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length, tailing in, worked away to third man off the back foot
70.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, 2 runs, steered away wide of third man for a couple
70.4 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, swinging in from a length, pushed to short midwicket
70.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, nice inswinger, towards middle and leg, Dhoni plays late, really late, which excites the Aussies, but he defends well in the end
70.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, another nice inswinger towards off, Dhoni stays back to defend. Perhaps it’s his camping on the back foot that is exciting Australia
India 226/4   MS Dhoni 15* (21b)
71.3 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, and Dhoni lofts over mid-on. Gets one close enough to his arc, and he doesn’t hold back. Dhoni will do this every now and then. Will the mid-n go back now?
71.4 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, full toss, and he sweeps it fine of deep square leg for a couple. Starc saves two runs with a superb dive at the boundary
71.5 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, swept away from wide outside off, in front of square, through the vacant deep midwicket region. Dhoni counterattacking but not without sense
71.6 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, on off, turning in, defended off the front foot
India 237/4   MS Dhoni 25* (25b 2×4)
72.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, swinging in towards middle and leg, defended off the back foot
72.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, fuller, a little wide outside off, left alone well
India 238/4   MS Dhoni 25* (27b 2×4)
74.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, full, swinging in, middle and leg, defended to short midwicket
74.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, widish outside off, Dhoni tries the big cut, the ball holds its line to beat the outside edge
74.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length, tailing in, punched away to third man for one
India 247/4   MS Dhoni 26* (30b 2×4)
75.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, defended off the back foot
75.2 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, turning in from outside off, guided to short leg
75.3 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, a bit short again, Dhoni goes back to work this past short leg for a single
India 252/4   MS Dhoni 27* (33b 2×4)
76.1 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, full, swinging in, pushed to midwicket
76.2 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, Dhoni looks to punch it through the off side, but it nips back in to cramp him and hits the inside half of the bat
76.3 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, swinging yorker, but starts swinging a little too early, kept out well
76.4 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball, 117ks, Dhoni pushes at it away from the body, gets a single off the thick edge
India 253/4   MS Dhoni 28* (37b 2×4)
77.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, slightly short, Dhoni defends off the back foot
77.2 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, full toss, and Dhoni takes full toll, driving it between mid-off and cover. This partnership has put the match a little in India’s favour
77.3 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, jabs at his one in front of his body, but manages to keep it down, and plays it well in front of short leg.
77.4 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, another fullie, this time he sweeps it away for a single
77.6 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, flat, a bit too short, as Lyon has often been, and Dhoni cashes in. Rocks back to punch it away between cover and point. These are crucial, and quick, runs
India 263/4   MS Dhoni 37* (42b 4×4)
79.1 Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, full, on off, pushed past cover for a single
79.5 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, flighted on off, pushed back to him
79.6 Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, full, too straight, bunted square of midwicket for another single
India 266/4   MS Dhoni 39* (45b 4×4)
80.1 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, full, on off, pushed to point
80.2 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, length ball, on off, shaping in, defended
80.3 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, wide outside off, full, pushed to cover
80.4 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, stays back to defend
80.5 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed to point
80.6 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, fullish outside off, pushed off the front foot, to point
India 266/4   MS Dhoni 39* (51b 4×4)
82.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, 139ks, just outside off, defended with an open face
82.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, FOUR, thumped. Dhoni is not holding back. He has led a superb counterattack so far. Length ball, just outside off, and he throws his arms at it, placing it square with an open face. Wide of point
82.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, angling into the pads, and Dhoni gets a leg-bye
82.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, punched away powerfully, to cover
India 276/4   MS Dhoni 43* (55b 5×4)
84.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, pulled away powerfully, he is good with that shot, but he seems to have bottom-ended it to square leg. He has chipped his bat, and needs a new one
84.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball, straying into the pads, 136ks, clipped away for a single to long leg
India 281/4   MS Dhoni 44* (57b 5×4)
85.1 Starc to Dhoni, FOUR, lovely shot. That’s straight out of Dhoni school of batting. Short of a length, no room to speak off, but those quick hands and powerful wrists provide him the power on the punch, and he places it between cover-point and cover
85.2 Starc to Dhoni, FOUR, and now he looks to manufacture one. Walks down the wicket with disdain, takes this on the full, and crunches it square past point to bring up his fifty. A superb counterattack. The captain is standing tall and leading from the front a day after copping unfair criticism from a long-time team-mate
85.3 Starc to Dhoni, no run, looks to drive a length ball, but pushes outside its line, and has had its inside edge beaten
85.4 Starc to Dhoni, no run, yorker, tailing in towards off, dug out well
85.5 Starc to Dhoni, FOUR, another full toss. Seems like a yorker gone wrong, and Dhoni uses his hockey hands to drive it hard into the ground. The ball bounces over point to go for the third boundary of the over. Hundred up for this superb partnership
85.6 Starc to Dhoni, no run, length ball, on off, left alone to angle away. Bounces in front of the keeper
India 297/4   MS Dhoni 56* (63b 8×4)
86.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, angling, rather swinging, into the pads, Dhoni gets a leg-bye
India 299/4   MS Dhoni 56* (64b 8×4)
87.1 Henriques to Dhoni, SIX, and Dhoni welcomes him with a dismissive six. Walks down the wicket, gets under a length ball, and smashes it over extra cover. This has been a superb counterattack. Only more intense against the new ball
87.2 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, fuller, just outside off, left alone
87.3 Henriques to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni is toying with Henriques. As if telling him he doesn’t belong here. Walking down the wicket again, and lofts him flat over mid-on
87.4 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, length ball, into the pads, pushed to midwicket
87.5 Henriques to Dhoni, 2 runs, not the best of his shots, but he has got enough bat on it. Throws his arms at a length ball, it hits him high on the bat, but clears short midwicket
87.6 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, and now a leave outside off just for a change
India 315/4   MS Dhoni 68* (70b 9×4 1×6)
88.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, FOUR, amazing shot. Those hockey hands at work again. Short of a length, not too wide, and he creates all the power with his quick hands and wrists. And opens the face with the punch to beat point on his left
India 324/4   MS Dhoni 72* (71b 10×4 1×6)
90.1 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, lovely first delivery, full, swinging in, quick, almost gets the lbw but for that inside edge
90.3 Siddle to Dhoni, FOUR, what a shot. That is just amazing batting. This is just outside off, swinging in, there is no room, but Dhoni pushes at it so powerfully he has got enough power to send it for four. And don’t forget the placement between mid-off and cover
90.4 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, swinging in again. Siddle is getting this dangerous swing now. Dhoni watchful with a forward-defensive
90.5 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, short of a lenght this time, Dhoni goes back and defends to cover
90.6 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, another good shot, push-driven between cover and mid-off, but this time Starc makes a diving save
India 331/5   MS Dhoni 78* (76b 11×4 1×6)
91.1 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, as if Dhoni needs gifts in this mood. Lyon bowls a juicy full toss outside off, and he drives it with an open face, between cover and mid-off. Into the 80s now
91.2 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, this time Lyon bowls short, and Dhoni goes back to punch it wide of deep midwicket for a couple. That’s quick running
91.3 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, short again, this time Dhoni gets just the single to deep square leg
India 338/5   MS Dhoni 85* (79b 12×4 1×6)
92.1 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, swinging in towards off, defended in front of the body
92.2 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, fuller, outside off, driven powerfully to extra cover
92.3 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, cut away powerfully. Dhoni is in the mood. Gets a single to third man
India 339/5   MS Dhoni 86* (82b 12×4 1×6)
93.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, flat, on a length, defended back to him
93.2 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, overpitched, middle and leg, driven to long-on
India 340/5   MS Dhoni 87* (84b 12×4 1×6)
94.1 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, length ball, just outside off, stays back to push this to point
94.2 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, swinging in towards off, push-driven to extra cover
94.3 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, pulled away, along the ground, gets a single
94.5 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, drama, comedy all around. Hughes has missed out on a run-out. Dhoni pushes to the right of short midwicket, calls Jadeja through, then sees Hughes put in the dive and sends him back. Then he sees Hughes hasn’t gathered the ball cleanly and wants the single. Then he sees it is not too far from Hughes and sends him back. Then eventually he calls him through as Hughes fails to collect the ball cleanly. Only blemish on Dhoni’s effort so far
India 347/5   MS Dhoni 89* (88b 12×4 1×6)
95.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, a push, a jab in hope, the ball doesn’t turn, hits the leading edge, but it falls safe and short of point
95.2 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, driven to long-on for one
India 348/5   MS Dhoni 90* (90b 12×4 1×6)
97.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, turns in sharply, hits him high on the bat and cramps his punch
97.2 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, tossed up, turning into the pads, defended to midwicket
97.3 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, short again, worked past short leg
India 350/5   MS Dhoni 91* (93b 12×4 1×6)
98.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, into the pads, worked to midwicket
98.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, nicely clipped away off the pads for one
98.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, just outside off, punched to point
98.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, another punch, but he finds point again with the shot
India 356/5   MS Dhoni 92* (97b 12×4 1×6)
99.5 Starc to Dhoni, no run, defended to cover
99.6 Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, swinging away, Dhoni pushes away from the body but is in control of it. Gets a single to deep cover
India 362/5   MS Dhoni 93* (99b 12×4 1×6)
100.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot
100.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, lovely slower ball at 122ks. It has done Dhoni in, has drawn a huge appeal for lbw. Dhoni shows the bat immediately, but not sure if there is an edge. Pitched on off, doesn’t cut in much, hits him on the thigh of the back leg, but it is bent. Replays show an inside edge, though. Another good call from Dharma
100.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run
100.4 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, looks to punch this away, but the movement inwards hits him on the inside half of the bat
100.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, looks to punch this away, but he is cramped for room, and plays this to cover
100.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, slower ball, outside off, Dhoni defends it to point
India 362/5   MS Dhoni 93* (105b 12×4 1×6)
102.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, outside off, dabbed away to point
102.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, similar delivery, similar shot to point
102.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball, widish, runs it down to third man for a single
India 365/5   MS Dhoni 94* (108b 12×4 1×6)
103.1 Starc to Dhoni, no run, full, on off, Dhoni looks to drive, but is hit on the inside half of the bat
103.2 Starc to Dhoni, no run, length ball, on off, defended to mid-off
103.3 Starc to Dhoni, no run, full, tailing back in a little, defended to short cover
103.4 Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, on the pads, clipped away for a single to long leg
India 366/6   MS Dhoni 95* (112b 12×4 1×6)
104.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, full, outside off, pushed to point
104.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, pulled away to long leg for a single
104.4 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short outside off, loopy bouncer really, left alone
104.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length, on off, he goes back and inside the line to work this to leg
India 371/6   MS Dhoni 97* (116b 12×4 1×6)
105.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, turning in and bouncing high, Dhoni goes back and defends
105.2 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, short, gentle delivery, punched away wide of cover for one
India 372/6   MS Dhoni 98* (118b 12×4 1×6)
106.1 Siddle to Dhoni, FOUR, what a way to bring up the hundred. Skips down the track, adjusts for the late movement, and lofts this over square leg for four. The roof of the stadium comes off. Coolly he accepts the applause. Doesn’t even remove his helmet
106.2 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, full and straight again, defended this time
106.3 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, punched away to third man for one
India 377/7   MS Dhoni 103* (121b 13×4 1×6)
107.6 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, length ball outside off, turns in, goes off the inside edge onto the pad
India 379/7   MS Dhoni 103* (122b 13×4 1×6)
108.3 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, full, swinging in, defended to mid-on
108.4 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to point
108.5 Siddle to Dhoni, 2 runs, nicely steered away to the right of third man for a couple that takes India into the lead
108.6 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, length ball, swinging in, defended off the front foot
India 382/7   MS Dhoni 105* (126b 13×4 1×6)
109.4 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, Lyon tries to get a hand to it but a good job he hasn’t succeeded. That would have ended the series for him. Drilled back at him. All of Dhoni’s power coming back at Lyon
109.5 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, flighted outside off, defended
109.6 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, driven against the turn, past cover, gets a couple
India 395/7   MS Dhoni 111* (129b 14×4 1×6)
110.2 Siddle to Dhoni, no run, length ball, on off, defended to cover
110.3 Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, short of a length, pushed wide of point. There are three – at least three – indecisions about this comfortable single. Dhoni hasn’t even completed the single, and beings to gesticulate towards Harbhajan. After that they walk up to each other, have a chat, knock gloves, and are back at their own ends
India 397/7   MS Dhoni 112* (131b 14×4 1×6)
111.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, length ball, turning into the pads, defended to leg
111.2 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, turning into the pads, defended to short leg
111.3 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, down the track, not close to the pitch of the ball, defends to short midwicket
111.4 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, length ball, turning in, defended to short midwicket
111.5 Lyon to Dhoni, SIX, bye bye ball. Dhoni makes up his mind this ball has to go, and jumps out of the track and lofts a length ball over wide long-on. That’s 4000 Test runs
111.6 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, stays back to defend
India 403/7   MS Dhoni 118* (137b 14×4 2×6)
113.1 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, and just like the last time Dhoni charges him to welcome. Henriques is smart to it, and bounces him
113.2 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, another bouncer, Dhoni looks to pull but pulls out of the shot late. Bounces well short of Wade
113.3 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to one of the two short midwickets
113.4 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, looks to work this to leg, but gets too far inside the line, and is hit on the pad. The ball, though, is headed down leg
113.5 Henriques to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off, dabs on it for a single
India 404/7   MS Dhoni 119* (142b 14×4 2×6)
114.1 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, length ball, on the pads, defended around the corner
114.2 Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, on a length, turning away, pushed towards deepish mid-off for one
India 405/7   MS Dhoni 120* (144b 14×4 2×6)
115.1 Henriques to Dhoni, 1 run, widish outside off, dabbed away to third man for one
India 406/7   MS Dhoni 121* (145b 14×4 2×6)
116.1 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, defended off the front foot
116.2 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, another defensive shot
116.3 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, blocked off the front foot again
116.4 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, full again, defended again
116.5 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, continues pitching outside leg, Dhoni continues defending
116.6 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, extra bounce from short of a length, Dhoni nearly lobs it back, but it doesn’t carry to Clarke
India 406/8   MS Dhoni 121* (151b 14×4 2×6)
118.1 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, outside leg, defended
118.2 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, outside leg again, defended back to him
118.3 Clarke to Dhoni, no run, will be unfair to call this a drop. Drilled back to his right, good job to just get a hand to it
118.4 Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, half helicopter shot, bounces short of long-on, but nearly takes the fielder along with it
118.6 Clarke to Dhoni, 1 run, punched away to deep midwicket for another single
India 409/8   MS Dhoni 123* (156b 14×4 2×6)
119.1 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, low full toss, pushed to the squarer of the two short midwickets
119.2 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot
119.3 Henriques to Dhoni, FOUR, bouncer, angling too far down the leg side, Dhoni plays the pull, gets enough bat on it to get it fine of fine leg for four
119.4 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, length ball, on off, defended back to him
119.5 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, full, on off, pushed to short cover
119.6 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover
India 413/8   MS Dhoni 127* (162b 15×4 2×6)
120.6 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, length ball, turning into the pads, defended to short midwicket
India 414/8   MS Dhoni 127* (163b 15×4 2×6)
122.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, Lyon continues to be short, and is defended easily
122.2 Lyon to Dhoni, SIX, that has hit the sun, and has gone enough distance to clear the long-on fence too. Down the wicket, not quite to the pitch of the ball, but he goes ahead with the shot, and imparts enough power on it
122.3 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, quicker, defended around the corner
122.4 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, down the wicket to play the helicopter, gets a single to long-on
India 421/8   MS Dhoni 134* (167b 15×4 3×6)
123.1 Starc to Dhoni, no run, length ball, angling in, hits him high on the bat with the extra bounce, but Dhoni keeps it down
123.2 Starc to Dhoni, no run, short, well down leg side, needs a full-length dive from Wade to keep it from going for byes. Not called a wide
123.3 Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs, slogs at one a length ball, mis-hits it, but gets two runs wide of deep midwicket
123.4 Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, full, on off, dug out towards deepish mid-on for one
India 426/8   MS Dhoni 137* (171b 15×4 3×6)
124.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, length ball, stays low, defended off the back foot
124.2 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, nudged past short leg, but for some reason he refuses the single. The first time I have seen them do this
124.3 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, outside off, dabbed to point
124.4 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, down the wick, on the pads, and he whips it fine of deep square for a couple. Good diving effort from Start
124.5 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, this is perhaps why he wasn’t taking singles. Drilled down to long-off where Pattinson puts in a good effort by throwing the ball back in before he overbalances over the ropes, but the ball has a lot of momentum and follows it
124.6 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, and he takes a single to wide of point to keep the strike
India 437/8   MS Dhoni 144* (177b 16×4 3×6)
125.1 Starc to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to midwicket
125.2 Starc to Dhoni, 1 run, angling into the pads, flicked away to long leg
India 438/8   MS Dhoni 145* (179b 16×4 3×6)
126.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, FOUR, what a welcome for Pattinson. Dhoni is going after every new bowler’s first over. Lofts this lenght ball well over mid-off. This is Dhoni’s personal best in Tests
126.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, 2 leg byes, short now, angling in, beats the pull, goes off the thigh pad for a couple of leg-byes
126.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, slower ball, dabbed away to third man, but he refuses the single that would have got him to his 150. He is more bothered about shielding BK from Pattinson
126.4 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, pulled away, but can’t beat short midwicket
126.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, full, outside off, defended back to him
126.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, FOUR, what a shot to bring up the 150. That is a hockey flick. Bottom-hand grip, no back lift of follow-through, and places this length ball between cover and extra cover. Again, he calmly accepts the applause
India 448/8   MS Dhoni 153* (185b 18×4 3×6)
128.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, seaming in, Dhoni refuses a single to fine leg
128.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, looks for a big hit from way outside off, ends up dragging the slower ball to deep midwicket. Dhoni refuses the single
128.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, pulled away nicely, but doesn’t beat fine leg, nor does he expose BK to Pattinson
128.4 Pattinson to Dhoni, 2 runs, nicely played. Slower ball, 121ks, he steers it wide of point, and charges up and down for a two before third man can come around and throw
128.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, outside off, this time he guides it straight to point
128.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, dabs this away for a single, and retains the strike
India 453/8   MS Dhoni 156* (191b 18×4 3×6)
129.1 Lyon to Dhoni, FOUR, Warner misfields. That’s strange. Read that again if you don’t believe it. Helicopter shot. Drilled same at Warner, but he lets it through at long, and apologises immediately
129.2 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, swept away, but can’t beat short fine leg
129.3 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, swept away wide of deep midwicket, but Dhoni refuses the single. I presume he is shieldin BK from Pattinson, but against Lyon he wants to just him and hence wants the strike
129.4 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, yorker on off, dug out back to him
129.5 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, turning in sharply, worked around the corner for a single off the fifth ball of the over
India 458/8   MS Dhoni 161* (196b 19×4 3×6)
130.1 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, lovely yorker from Pattinson, Dhoni keeps it out, but it takes a massive effort from him
130.2 Pattinson to Dhoni, 2 runs, short of a length, into the body, and he has placed this between deep square and deep midwicket for a couple, and keeps the strike
130.3 Pattinson to Dhoni, FOUR, wheels are coming off. Misfield by Starc now. By Australian fast bowlers’ standards, I mean. Indian fast bowlers would have let it through anyway. Pulled away to the left of Starc at deep square, he puts in the dive, gets both hands to it, but he can’t keep it in. Dhoni reaches the highest score by an Indian captain against Australia
130.4 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, punched away to deep point, but refuses the single
130.5 Pattinson to Dhoni, no run, dabbed away to point this time
130.6 Pattinson to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni has taken that single on a racing bike. I am not sure I have seen somebody take a single quicker than this. Driven straight to mid-off, he wants to retain the strike, and he just sets off. There is dust flying all over as he mauls the pitch with his speed, and beats the throw
India 465/8   MS Dhoni 168* (202b 20×4 3×6)
131.1 Lyon to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni keeps on chugging along. He fancies Lyon a lot. Skips down the track, gets too close to it, ends up dragging and lofting it to deep midwicket. Henriques sets under it, but he clears him
131.2 Lyon to Dhoni, no run
131.3 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, kicked away
131.4 Lyon to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni is toying around with Lyon here. This is a serious innings. Down the wicket, close to its pitch, and drills it over long-off with a flat six
131.5 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short, outside leg, looks to pull it fine behind the wicket, but misses
131.6 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, looks for that vertical sweep again, gets a single to short fine
India 478/8   MS Dhoni 181* (208b 20×4 5×6)
132.1 Warner to Dhoni, no run, way outside leg, hipped away
132.2 Warner to Dhoni, no run, punched away to deep cover, but he turns down the single
132.3 Warner to Dhoni, no run, lets him hit on the pad after it pitches well outside leg
132.4 Warner to Dhoni, no run, tries reverse sweep, misses, but this is pitched outside leg
132.5 Warner to Dhoni, no run, sharp turn from out of the rough, hits him on the chest, but Dhoni is not bothered
132.6 Warner to Dhoni, 1 run, sharp turn and bounce, and Dhoni dabs it away for a single to short third man. Dhoni is doing pretty much as he likes. Farming strikes, taking singles off the last ball, hitting sixes whenever he fancies
India 479/8   MS Dhoni 182* (214b 20×4 5×6)
133.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, he goes back to defend this back to Lyon
133.2 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, short, wide, dabbed away past point for a couple that takes the lead past 100
133.3 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, nicely played. Stands tall, waits for this short ball to turn in, and opens the face late. Takes another couple. The field looks prone
133.4 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, turning in, defended to short midwicket
133.5 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, sharp turn, Dhoni plays with soft hands, gets a single to third man. He is still haring down the wicket
India 484/8   MS Dhoni 187* (219b 20×4 5×6)
134.1 Warner to Dhoni, no run, flighted outside leg, defended to short leg, he overbalances, and then dives back into the crease
134.2 Warner to Dhoni, 2 runs, leading edge as he looks to work this to leg. Soft impact towards long-on, and he pushes and pushes and comes back for two
134.3 Warner to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni reaches the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper. He could bat blindfolded today. Short ball outside leg with a strong leg-side field, but he has pulled this between deep midwicket and long-on
134.4 Warner to Dhoni, no run, kicked away outside leg this time
134.5 Warner to Dhoni, 1 run, and he takes a single off the fifth ball again, dabbed to third man
India 491/8   MS Dhoni 194* (224b 21×4 5×6)
135.1 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, looks to charge down, then stays cool and defends
135.2 Lyon to Dhoni, 2 runs, short, long hop, pulled wide of deep square leg for a couple
135.3 Lyon to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni again wanted to come down the track, but stayed back. Then he tried to late-cut it, but decided a little late and was beaten
135.4 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, short again, dabbed to short third man for a single
India 498/8   MS Dhoni 197* (228b 21×4 5×6)
136.1 Warner to Dhoni, 1 run, now he takes a single first ball, pushing this to long-off
136.3 Warner to Dhoni, 1 run, punched away to deep cover for a single
India 501/8   MS Dhoni 199* (230b 21×4 5×6)
137.1 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, reaches the double-century with a push to short third man. That helmet still stays on. That noise in the stadium will be audible at Marina Beach too. This was a risky single, but the throw at BK’s end was wide
India 506/8   MS Dhoni 200* (231b 21×4 5×6)
138.1 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, just outside off, punched to cover-point
138.2 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, punched back to Henriques
138.3 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, angling into the pads, worked away to fine leg
138.4 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, length ball, on off, flicked away to short midwicket
138.5 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to the bowler
138.6 Henriques to Dhoni, FOUR, had this been any lower, BK would have been out in the hospital. On a length, on off, dismissively rocketed back over the non-striker’s head. Serious batting, this
India 512/8   MS Dhoni 204* (237b 22×4 5×6)
139.4 Lyon to Dhoni, 1 run, looks to ramp this behind the wicket, but this runs off the front of the bat to long-on
India 514/8   MS Dhoni 205* (238b 22×4 5×6)
140.1 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, wide length ball, defended to cover
140.2 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot to cover
140.3 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, dabbed away to third man, refuses the single
140.4 Henriques to Dhoni, no run, wide length ball, pushes it to third man, and turns down the single again
140.5 Henriques to Dhoni, 1 run, short, tucked away off the hip, takes a single off the fifth ball
India 515/8   MS Dhoni 206* (243b 22×4 5×6)

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