Friday 4 January 2008 

Tenacious Tendulkar Hampers Australian Record Bid

Australia 463 (Symonds 162no, Hogg 79) & 13-0 v
India 532 (Tendulkar 154no, Laxman 109, Lee 5-119) in Sydney

Australia lead the series 1-0

A majestic innings of 154 not out on day three of the second Test between India and Australia from Sachin Tendulkar helped his side into a first innings lead and with two days to play, left Australia's search for a record-equalling 16th straight win looking a long way off in Sydney.

Tendulkar's 243-ball knock anchored his side as Andrew Symonds had done for Australia, sharing a century stand with Sourav Ganguly (67) and then another huge stand with Harbhajan Singh, who hit 63 after Yuvraj Singh (12), MS Dhoni (two) and Anil Kumble (two) had all fallen cheaply, victim to a Brett Lee burst. Lee ended the innings with five wickets.

Harbhajan was able to stay with Tendulkar, and he was able to get to 150 thanks to excellent contributions of 13 from RP Singh and 23 from debutant Ishant Sharma, which helped India make 532 all out.

Australia, who lead the four-match series 1-0, closed on 13 without loss after five overs of their second innings.

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