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Last Updated: Monday, 8 December, 2003, 07:44 GMT
India earn Brisbane draw
First Test, Brisbane, day five: Australia 323 & 284-3 dec drew with India 409 & 73-2

Matthew Hayden
Matthew Hayden passed 1,000 Test runs for the third year running as the first Test between Australia and India ended in a draw at The Gabba.

Hayden hammered 99 off 98 balls in the home side's second innings, but missed out on a century when he was caught off spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Having trailed by 86 on first innings, Australia replied with 284-3 declared.

Nathan Bracken dismissed the Indian openers with successive deliveries, but they played out time to reach 73-2.

The tourists began the final day on 362-6, with a positive result either way an unlikely prospect because of rain delays earlier in the match, and lost Ajit Agarkar (12) to the first ball of the day from Andy Bichel.

They added 47 for their final four wickets with Jason Gillespie (4-65) and Stuart MacGill (4-86) the pick of the home attack.

Australia suffered an early setback when first innings centurion Justin Langer was caught behind off Ajit Agarkar for a duck.

The bowling needs to be a bit better if we want to win Test matches
Sourav Ganguly

Hayden and Ricky Ponting responded by taking the attack to India, putting on 140 for the second wicket in 28 overs before Ponting was caught off Ashish Nehra for 50.

Hayden hit two sixes and 10 fours but missed out on a 17th Test century when he went for one big hit too many and was caught by Virender Sehwag on the square leg boundary.

His dismissal brought Steve Waugh to the crease under a degree of pressure after being dismissed for a duck in the first innings.

He comfortably avoided a pair and went on to reach an unbeaten 56 in a stand of 128 with Damien Martyn, who was 66 not out when Waugh decided to make the declaration.

India were left to score 199 in a minimum of 23 overs and any thoughts of a mounting a run chase were soon snuffed out by the early loss of openers Akash Chopra and Sehwag.

Chopra was caught by Langer for four from the first ball of debutant Bracken's opening over and the next delivery saw Sehwag taken by Martyn for a duck.

VVS Laxman kept out the hat-trick ball and that was the final alarm as he progressed to 24 not out, with Rahul Dravid ending the game on 43.


Australia: J L Langer, M L Hayden, R T Ponting, D R Martyn S R Waugh (Capt), S M Katich, A C Gilchrist (Wkt), A J Bichel J N Gillespie, S C G MacGill, N W Bracken.

India: A Chopra, V Sehwag, R Dravid, S R Tendulkar, V V S Laxman S C Ganguly (Capt), P A Patel (Wkt), A B Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh Z Khan, A Nehra.




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