Mohali: A destructive century from Shikhar Dhawan on his Test debut, with Murali Vijay offering unfailing support at the other end, helped India reach 283 for no loss on the third day of the third Test against Australia on Saturday (March 16). By the end of the day, India, scoring well over five runs an over, had cut well into Australia’s first-innings total of 408 and trailed by 125. Dhawan put up an unbeaten 185, while Vijay, the quieter of the two, amassed 83 much to the delight of the weekend crowd at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. (Also read: Quick-fire Dhawan facts)
Thirty-three fours and two massive sixes helped Dhawan race to the fastest century on debut Test cricket had ever seen.
On a lighter note, Australian players will probably be ruing they did not appeal for his wicket when they had the chance. Running in to bowl the first ball of the innings, the last over before lunch, Mitchell Starc lost his grip on the ball which went on to clip the bails with Dhawan stranded outside the crease. Although technically out, Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, chose to see the lighter side of the incident.