'Exceptional' Dhawan slams fastest ton by debutant in Mohali Test

Mohali, Mar 16 (ANI): Opener Shikhar Dhawan launched an exceptional onslaught on the Australian bowlers during India's first innings, slamming the fastest century by a debutant after the tourists were bowled out for 408.

Dhawan raced to 106 between lunch and tea and leaving Michael Clarke and Australia's bowlers scratching their heads in exasperation.

There was one half-chance, when he slashed Siddle uppishly through gully and Phillip Hughes just got a finger on it, but otherwise it was a chanceless innings full of textbook drives and cuts.

In reaching three figures from just 85 balls, it was also the fastest hundred on debut, and the first for an Indian since Suresh Raina's 120 in Sri Lanka in 2010.

In all, India made 153 runs from 28 overs. Between the two openers, they struck 25 fours and two sixes, and at the height of the onslaught, 82 runs came from 10 overs.

Murali Vijay was content to play second fiddle, coasting to 42 from 85 balls, which including two huge sixes of Nathan Lyon. (ANI)