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"It was a tall, stately, aristocratic kind of innings."
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banner Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 12:05 GMT
India show fighting spirit
Shane Warne takes a wicket for Australia in Calcutta
Shane Warne dismisses opener Sadogopan Ramesh
Day Three, Second Test, Calcutta:
Lunch: India 171 and 254-4 (at close); Australia 445

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Venkatsai Laxman stands between Australia and their first series win on Indian soil since 1969-70 after a magnificent batting display at Eden Gardens.

He followed his first innings 59 with a score of 109 not out as the home side fought to save face - if not the match.

It was only his second Test hundred - the first coming at Sydney 14 months ago, when he made 167 against the same opponents.

But India still trail by 20 runs and the loss of skipper Sourav Ganguly for 48 after a fourth wicket stand of 117 with Laxman was a major blow to their slim chances of avoiding defeat.

Laxman's hundred was his first in Tests on home soil
Laxman raises hit bat after reaching his ton

India began the day on 128 for eight in their first innings, but Laxman kept Australia in the field for over an hour before Steve Waugh was able to enforce the follow-on.

He played some superb wristy strokes, particularly off leg-spinner Shane Warne, and hit 12 boundaries in all.

Laxman put on 42 for the last wicket with Venkatesh Prasad before Warne had him caught at slip by Matthew Hayden.

India were in desperate need of a good start to their second innings and Shiv Das and Sadogopan Ramesh responded with a stand of 52 either side of the lunch interval.

It came to an end when Ramesh (30) was deceived by Warne and Mark Waugh took an excellent catch, diving to his right.

Laxman came out for his second innings of the day after being promoted to number three and he and Das took the score to 97 before the latter was out for 39.

Sachin Tendulkar walks off after being dismissed
Tendulkar: His downfall was too much for one fan

He dislodged the bails with his back foot as he shaped to play a short delivery from Gillespie to the leg side.

Tendulkar launched his innings with two boundaries but could not resist a wide delivery from Gillespie and was caught behind by Adam Gilchrist.

It was too much for on spectator, who threw a water pouch at Tendulkar as he walked back to the pavilion.

It missed and the police quickly moved in to remove him from the stadium.

Tendulkar's dismissal brought captain Sourav Ganguly out to the middle on his home ground and he showed the application lacking in the first innings as he tried to restore his reputation.

Laxman refused to be tied down, however, and repeated his strokeplay of earlier in the day, with Warne again proving ineffective against him.

McGrath eventually seperated the pair by having Ganguly caught behind but Laxman reached three figures off 166 balls, with 17 fours, and Rahul Dravid stayed with him until the close.

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