India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his ninth century in ODIs when he reached his hundred off 107 balls in the third of seven-match series against Australia in Mohali on Saturday. Captain Cool conquered pain and a hostile piece of pace bowling to steady a rocking Indian ship. Dhoni strained his ankle while running a quick single with Virat Kohli in the 14th over and needed medical attention. But the strong man that Dhoni is, the captain ignored pain and in his typical fashion mixed caution with aggression to keep the scoreboard ticking. He became the first Indian to score a century at Punjab Cricket Association in Mohali. (Highlights)
Dhoni came in to bat when India were down to 76 for four after Suresh Raina (17) and Yuvraj Singh (0) got out on successive deliveries. He then added 72 runs with Virat Kohli (68) to lend some solidity. After Kohli's departure, Dhoni was then joined by R Ashwin (28 off 35 balls), who played a key role as the duo put on 76 runs for the seventh wicket.
Dhoni's ninth century was laced with nine fours and two sixes. He reached his hundred with a glorious boundary. This is his second century against Australia. He scored 121 off 124 balls in his first one on October 28, 2009 at Nagpur that India won by 99 runs. (Scorecard)