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Aus blown away by 'cyclone' Dhawan's debut ton

March 16, 2013 20:20 IST

Debutant Shikhar Dhawan’s record opening stand with partner Murali Vijay helped India take full control on day three of the third Test match against Australia in Mohali.

Shikhar Dhawan graphicOn an incredible day of action, ‘cyclone’ Dhawan arrived as world cricket's newest batting force after hitting the fastest century by a debutant in Test cricket's 136-year history, News.com.au reported.

The 27-year-old resembled an Indian tsunami as he blew the tourists away, cracking 21 boundaries to bring up his maiden Test century from just 85 balls, and it eclipsed West Indian Dwayne Smith’s 93-ball ton on debut in 2004, and has also effectively torpedoed Australia's hopes of retaining the silverware in this four-Test series.

Replacing the axed Virender Sehwag, Dhawan wielded the willow with ferocious intent, finishing the day with 33 boundaries and two sixes as he became the first Indian in history to reach 150 on debut. In the middle session alone, the Indian openers crunched 153 runs at 5.46 per over --numbers associated with a One-Day Internationals.

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