India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a magnificent double hundred on day three of the Chennai Test against Australia to put the hosts in a comfortable position with a hefty lead of 135 runs.
Australia's brave decision to field four pace men was also brutally exposed after Dhoni bludgeoned the attack to leave the tourists' first Test hopes in disarray, News.com.au reports.
On a spinning Chennai deck, James Pattinson (4-89) was the only quick to survive a mauling as Dhoni (206no) cracked the first double century of his career in a pyrotechnics show that lit up MA Chidambaram Stadium.
At stumps on day three, India was 8-515 with Dhoni, Virat Kohli (107) and Sachin Tendulkar (81) tormenting Australia's attack with a brutal fusion of hard-hitting and textbook strokeplay, the paper said.
Spinner Nathan Lyon (3-182) had a bitter-sweet day, removing Tendulkar and Kohli, only to suffer a third-session pasting as Indian skipper Dhoni went berserk, but of greater alarm is the frontline impotence of Peter Siddle (0-61) and Mitchell Starc (0-75), who went wicketless from 47 collective overs, the paper reported.
The fourth seam option, debutant Moises Henriques (1-48) was also largely ineffective. Ultimately, there was consolation: a lower-order dismissal of Harbhajan Singh, which gave the 26-year-old Henriques his first Test victim, the paper said. (ANI)