India take charge in first Test

Last updated 19:33 24/02/2013

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India have taken charge of the  first Test against Australia following MS Dhoni's maiden double ton  which has given the home side a first-innings lead of 135.

India still have two wickets in hand at 8-515 at stumps on  Sunday after resuming in Chennai on 3-182 in reply to Australia's  380.Wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 206 from 243  balls including 22 fours and five sixes.

Nathan Lyon - Australia'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.

Debutant tailender Bhuvenshwar Kumar contributed 16 not out in a  109-run partnership for the ninth wicket which demoralised Michael  Clarke's side.

It was Dhoni's sixth hundred and first against Australia and  came at a crucial time with his side struggling at 4-196.

The skipper shared a 128-run stand for the fifth wicket with  Virat Kohli (107) after Australia had been in a strong position  with India 4-196 when Sachin Tendulkar fell for 81.Paceman James Pattinson claimed 4-89.Seven India batsmen have been bowled in the innings so far,  which is two shy of the world record.

Tendulkar inside-edged a ball from Lyon onto his stumps, robbing  the thousands of the screaming fans in attendance of the chance to  see the 39-year-old little master score his first Test hundred  since January 2011.

Kohli's 199-ball century, the fourth in the 24-year-old's  15-Test career, was his second in successive matches against  Australia after his 116 in Adelaide 13 months ago.

Kohli was caught at mid-on to Lyon's bowling and Ravindra Jadeja  (16) was bowled by Pattinson shortly before tea.

Ravi Ashwin (three) was Lyon's third victim and debutant Moises Henriques' first wicket came when the seamer rattled the stumps of  the feisty Harbhajan Singh (11) at 8-406.

Harbhajan entered into a heated debate with Australia's Matthew  Wade after an lbw appeal was rejected with Harbhajan on zero.

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