Friday, January 4, 2008

Australia vs India 2nd Test 2008: Sachin Tendulkar's 38th Test century helped India to make 69 run lead

Sachin Tendulkar, the brightest star in the Indian batting constellation, made his unbeaten 38th Test century and helped India to set up a 69 run first innings lead against host team on day three of the second Test at the SCG.

Starting the second innings, Matthew Hayden (5) made a 13 runs partnership with another opener Phil Jaques (8) playing 5 overs after tourists were dismissed.

India finished the second day with 216 for 3 when Sachin Tendulkar was not out 9 along with Sourav Ganguly 21 at stump.

If the second day belonged to VVS Laxman then the third day was all about the class and determination of the 34 year old Tendulkar. This was his 38th Test hundred and third of the four Tests at the SCG at the average of ridiculous 326. Tendulkar is now clearly four centuries ahead then former Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara. He hit unbeaten 154 off facing 243 balls including 14 boundaries and a six off Brad Hogg. Tendulkar made 108 runs partnership in 3rd wicket.

Sourav Ganguly played another impressive inning of 67 spending 78 balls. He became the victim of left-arm Chinaman bowler Brad Hogg to give a catch of Michael Hussey.

Now, they he made pair with Yuvraj Singh who tried hard to protest but failed to make big inning before he became trapped by lbw in Brett Lee’s ball scoring 12. Neither MS Dhoni nor Anil Kumble could show any impressive performance. Both they got out scoring 2 runs. Harbhajan Singh played an impressive performance and took his third fifty. He also made a 129 runs partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in eight wicket that helped Indian batting great to claim his 38th Test century.

Brett Lee finished the day 5 for 119 taking the wicket of Ishant Sharma. Both Mitchell Johnson and Brad Hogg got two wickets each.

Stuart Clark got only one wicket of Rudra Pratap Singh.

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