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Dhoni: "I have spent a lot of time in Chennai. I made my debut here. It was good to see the crowd coming to watch this match. It was important to play some big shots. The motive was to play some shots and spread the field. The first partnership was important. Tendulkar and Pujara batted well. The partnership between Kohli and Tendulkar was important as well and it gave the rest of the batsmen a good platform. The lower order contributed importantly. Ashwin bowled brilliantly and he was well supported by Harbhajan. He did not use much of his variations. He bowled in the right areas and varied his speed. It is important to be focused as the series progresses. I never expected I will get a double ton as I never expected to play a Test for my country."
MS Dhoni is the MoM for his sublime knock of 224.
Michael Clarke: "Full credit has to go to India. Dhoni played some outstanding cricket. The knock changed the game totally. Ashwin bowled really well. Henriques played very well on his debut. We have to improve certain areas in the game. The wicket was very good. It looked a lot worse than it played. The second innings was tough but there are no excuses. We have to play really good cricket in the second Test."
This is India's 13th Test win at the Chepauk. Not much of a celebration, they perhaps realise what happened during the England series late last year. On the other hand, Australia have a lot of things to ponder over, particularly the spin department. Will Doherty join Lyon at Hyderabad, will Khawaja get a go ahead of Phil Hughes? Stay tuned for the presentations..
Armed with the handy lead and with the pitch becoming a minefield, India spun a web around the Australians the second time around. Ashwin was the star once again with 5 wickets. He was well supported by Jadeja who took 3 and Harbhajan who bagged a couple. Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon made sure that the innings defeat was prevented, but they failed to stop the eventual loss.
They were rocked early but fought back thanks to a superb ton by Kohli and a fine 81 by Sachin Tendulkar. But it was Dhoni's 224 that took the match well and truly away from the Australians. An innings of a lifetime, Dhoni put on a masterclass to squeeze the visitors out of the game. His belligerence helped India get a 192 run lead.
An easy victory in the end, made more special by the couple of sixes by Tendulkar. They were the team in dominance right through the match and deserve this 1-0 advantage. They were well set up by Ravichandran Ashwin who bagged career best figures of 7/103 in the 1st innings. Clarke fought hard with a sublime 130 as the visitors scored 380 in their first essay. It was a good score but the Indians went hard with the bat on Day 3.
Lyon to Pujara, 1 run, you can count it as a dropped chance, this was well tossed up by Lyon, Pujara was prodding forward in defence, gets a thick outside edge that lobs off the keeper's pads and goes over Clarke at 1st slip. Jubiliation all around, India go 1-0 up
India have won
Lyon to Pujara, no run, tossed up and on off, Pujara gets forward in defence
Lyon to Pujara, no run, that one went straight on! Pujara was playing for the turn, this one goes straight on after pitching, Pujara ends up poking inside the line and misses
Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, on a good length and outside off, Tendulkar gets a big stride forward and defends it towards cover
Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, on a length and on middle, Tendulkar shuffles across and defends it
Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, full and outside off, Tendulkar gets a big stride forward and defends it towards cover point
Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and outside off, punched straight to the fielder at gully
An umbrella field for Tendulkar, all the fielders are inside the ring
Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, fuller length delivery outside off and holding its line, left alone
Siddle to Tendulkar, no run, full and outside off, Tendulkar looks to defend and gets a thick outside edge. He thinks about a single but Lyon is quick onto the ball at point
Lyon to Tendulkar, 1 run, scores level, Lyon drops this one short and on the pads, nudged behind square for a single
Lyon to Tendulkar, no run, tossed up and outside off, Tendulkar gets well across his stumps as he looks to sweep, gets rapped on the pads
Lyon to Tendulkar, SIX, action replay! This was well flighted and just outside off, Tendulkar gets well forward and lifts it with the spin, this goes further over the ropes for a maximum
Lyon to Tendulkar, SIX, Sachin does not want to spend too much time at the centre! This was well tossed up and holds its line, Tendulkar gets forward and lifts it through the line, clears the ropes comfortably at long on
Sachin Tendulkar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lyon to Sehwag, out Caught by Michael Clarke!! Another wicket falls, Lyon gets his name on the scoreboard as well. Sehwag's miserable 4th innings scores continue, this was well tossed up outside off and holds its line. Sehwag was pushing forward, gets a thick edge and a simple catch to Clarke at 1st slip. Lyon's confidence will be a little better with this wicket. Sehwag c Michael Clarke b Lyon 19(23) [4s-3]