Sachin reaches another mark, India 237 for three
Tendulkar brought up his 37th half-century in Tests and crossed the 9000-run mark in the process.india Updated: Jan 02, 2004 12:47 IST
Jason Gillespie dealt a crippling blow to India when he trapped Rahul Dravid plumb in front of the stumps for 38.
Dravid seemed to mis-read a fullish delivery and the umpire had no problem raising the crooked finger. The Indian vice-captain stroked seven boundaries in his 82-ball innings. His partnership with Sachin Tendulkar yielded 66 runs.
Meanwhile, India crossed the double-century mark and were 208 for the loss of three wickets. Sachin Tendulkar notched up 9000 runs in Tests and was unbeaten on 36, while VVS Laxman was hadn't troubled the scorers as yet.
Australia hit back with the wickets of Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Akash Chopra midway through the opening day of the final cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Sehwag and Chopra put on their second consecutive century opening stand in as many Tests to have the tourists in a strong position in Steve Waugh's 168th and final Test appearance.
But Jason Gillespie snared the wicket of Sehwag in the hour after lunch followed three overs later by Chopra's downfall to a pearler Brett Lee delivery.
At tea, India were 151 for two with in-form Rahul Dravid on nine and Sachin Tendulkar, searching for his elusive big score in the series, not out 10.
Gillespie broke through 13 overs after lunch when he got one to lift and leave Sehwag to be caught behind by Adam Gilchrist for 72.
Sehwag, who put on 123 for the first wicket with Chopra, followed up his swashbuckling 195 in Melbourne with a 169-minute innings of 10 boundaries and a six.
Chopra (43) was almost run out the next ball when he called through Dravid for a scurried single and Simon Katich narrowly missed the wicket with a diving underhand throw four metres from the stumps.
Lee, who bowled without luck in the morning session, removed Chopra for 45 after 192 minutes with a tremendous yorker between bat and pad, leaving the tourists at 128 for two.
Chopra and Sehwag followed up their 141-run stand in the first innings of the last Melbourne Test to post another big start as India chased their first-ever series win in Australia.
Chopra lived by his wits early in the first hour with Lee having him caught behind off a no-ball on eight, and then next ball he was dropped by Katich in a straightforward chest-high chance in the gully.
India went into the final Test with two spinners, Anil Kumble and left-arm spinner Murali Kartik with left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra omitted.
Australia chose Bracken ahead of Brad Williams and Andy Bichel as the third fast bowler in the eleven alongside returning Gillespie and Lee.
The series was locked at one-all after Australia fought back to win the third Melbourne Test by nine wickets last Tuesday to level after India won the second Adelaide Test by four wickets.
India have yet to win a series in Australia, while Australia have not lost home series since going down 2-1 to the West Indies in 1992-93.
Australia: Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Steve Waugh (captain), Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Nathan Bracken, Stuart MacGill. Brad Williams (12th man)
India: Akash Chopra, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly (captain), V.V.S. Laxman, Parthiv Patel, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, Murali Kartik. Lakshmipathy Balaji (12th man)
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WIS) Brent Bowden (NZL).
Referee: Mike Procter (RSA).
First Published: Jan 02, 2004 06:03 IST