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"Lee's impact on the game was almost immediate"
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Tuesday, 28 December, 1999, 11:20 GMT
Tendulkar century as new boy stars

Tendulkar celebrates another crucial innings

Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar smashed his 22nd Test century to offer his side hope in the second Test in Melbourne.

But Australian debutant Brett Lee took five wickets as the home side reduced India to 235 for nine in reply to the hosts' 405 all out.

Tendulkar's 116 helped ensure India avoided the follow-on but they slipped to 235 for nine when bad light ended play two overs early.

The skipper had been the last of the nine to depart, but the 26-year-old's century had to share top billing with 23-year-old Lee's efforts.

The debutant justified his captain Steve Waugh's claim to being the fastest bowler in the world with five for 44.

Opener Sadagopan Ramesh's stumps were knocked over with Lee's fourth delivery.

Rahul Dravid was caught behind in his fifth over, before three wickets in the bowler's 14th.

Hat-trick prevented

Mannava Prasad was bowled and Ajit Agarkar trapped leg-before off successive balls.

Lee celebrates one of his five wickets
Javagal Srinath prevented a hat-trick for the second time in the series, but was caught in the slips off a vicious lifter later in the over.

That meant India slumped from 167 for five to 169 for eight and Tendulkar needed to work hard to steady the ship.

The captain had taken an hour to reach double figures, before finding his feet fully in a six-hour innings which contained nine boundaries and a six.

"I happy about getting the hundred, but even though I've got a hundred the team is not in a comfortable position," Tendulkar admitted.

"It's a major worry."

Meanwhile Lee said bowling to Tendulkar was a different experience.

"He waves his heavy bat around like a tooth-pick," said the young bowler.

"He's just a class batsman. It's just a great experience bowling to him."

Glenn McGrath claimed two for 39, while Shane Warne's lone wicket was his 350th in Test cricket, leaving him just six short of surpassing Dennis Lillee as Australia's leading wicket-taker.

Aussies add 73

Earlier in the day, Australia added 73 runs to their overnight score of 332 for five.

Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting, who had put on 135 runs for the sixth wicket on Monday, managed only nine more before India broke through.

Gilchrist added a single before he top-edged a short ball from Ajit Agarkar to mid-wicket.

Ponting was trapped leg-before by Srinath in the next over for 67, while Warne was caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Mannava Prasad off Agarkar for two.

These three wickets in the space of four runs had made Australia 348 for eight.

But tailenders Damien Fleming and Lee frustrated the tourists by adding 59, with Fleming making 31 not out and Lee 27 in his first Test innings.

Australia 1st innings (overnight 138-3):

G Blewett b Srinath 2
M Slater c Srinath b V. Prasad 91
J Langer lbw b Srinath 8
M Waugh lbw b Agarkar 41
S Waugh c M. Prasad b V. Prasad 32
R Ponting lbw b Srinath 67
A Gilchrist c Ganguly b Agarkar 78
S Warne c M. Prasad b Agarkar 2
D Fleming not out 31
B Lee c and b Srinath 27
G McGrath run out 1

Extras: (b1, lb9, w1, nb14) 25

Total (118.1 overs) 405

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-28, 3-123, 4-192, 5-197, 6-341, 7-343, 8-345, 9-404

Bowling: Srinath 33.1-7-130-4, Agarkar 28-7-76-3, V. Prasad 26-6-101-2, Ganguly 2-0-10-0, Kumble 29-3-78-0

India 1st innings:

V Laxman c M. Waugh b McGrath 5
S Ramesh b Lee 4
R Dravid c Gilchrist b Lee 9
S Tendulkar c Langer b Fleming 116
S Ganguly c M. Waugh b McGrath 31
H Kanitkar lbw b Warne 11
M Prasad b Lee 6
A Agarkar lbw b Lee 0
J Srinath c M. Waugh b Lee 1
A Kumble not out 26
V Prasad not out 10

Extras: (lb8, nb8) 16

Total (for 9 wickets, 75 overs) 235

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-11, 3-31, 4-108, 5-138, 6-167, 7-167, 8-169, 9-212

Bowling: McGrath 18-3-39-2, Fleming 15-0-62-1, Lee 17-2-44-5, Warne 24-5-77-1, M. Waugh 1-0-5-0

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