25 Feb 2013

Dhoni's double-ton undoes Aust

6:40 am on 25 February 2013

Australia have defended their decision to play only one spinner in the first cricket Test in Chennai after India captain MS Dhoni ripped their bowling attack to shreds with a brutal double hundred.

Dhoni will resume day four on a career-best 206 with his side in complete control on 515 for 8 in reply to Australia's first innings of 380.

The wicketkeeper/batsman Dhoni smashed 22 fours and five sixes from 243 deliveries.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon, the team's sole specialist spinner for a match on a crumbling pitch, has figures of 3-182 from 40 overs.

Only seven Australia bowlers have conceded more runs in a Test innings.

It was Dhoni's sixth hundred and first against Australia and came at a crucial time after Australia had been in a strong position with India 196 for 4 when Sachin Tendulkar fell for 81.