Saturday 26 January 2008 

Hayden Century As Australia Reduce Indian Advantage

India 526 (Tendulkar 153, Kumble 87, Harbhajan Singh 63) v
Australia 322-3 (Hayden 103, Ponting 79no, Jaques 60)

Australia lead the series 2-1

Matthew Hayden showed the world what Australia had been missing in his absence in Perth, striking a third century of the series on day three of the fourth Test against India in Adelaide.

Combining to add 159 for the first wicket with Phil Jaques (60), Hayden's 200-ball innings of 103 set Australia up to get close to India's first innings score of 526.

He hit ten fours and one six in his 30th Test century before Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten half-century to further close the gap between the two sides.

The only man not to pass fifty was Mike Hussey, who was bowled by Irfan Pathan for 22. Both Jaques and Hayden were also bowled, by Anil Kumble and Ishant Sharma respectively.

India were hampered by the loss of RP Singh, who succumbed to a hamstring injury and could not even take the field of play.

Australia, who lead the series 2-1, closed on 322 for three, with Ponting on 79 and Michael Clarke on 37.

January 26th is both Australia day and India's Republic Day, but on this occasion, Australia were the happier side, despite the Indians still holding a lead of 204.

� Cricket World 2008