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Last Updated: Monday, 29 December, 2003, 09:29 GMT
India rue batting collapse
Lee celebrates
Brett Lee's dismissal of Dravid sparked an Indian collapse
India's inability to cope with the second new ball cost them dear in the third Test against Australia.

They were hustled out for 286 on the fourth day, leaving the home side to score only 95 to level the series.

Rahul Dravid, who made 92, acknowledged India had required a "special partnership" like his stand of 303 with VVS Laxman in the second Test.

"Me getting out was a bit disappointing and then we lost six (wickets) for 33," Dravid said.

"We always knew it would be tough, we were almost 200 runs behind. Yyou always hope you can come up with a special partnership like in Adelaide or Eden Gardens (376 with Laxman in 2001), but those things don't happen every day.

"It would have been nice to have 100 more runs but there's always hope, a bit of magic, you never know."

Australia were delighted by the success in the final session after India's batsmen had defied them earlier in the day.

"One thing we spoke about before play was maintaining the pressure and the wickets would come.

"That got away from us for a little while, but we came back with the new ball," said paceman Brad Williams, who had figures of 4-53, his best in three Test appearances.

We still believe he's the best
Dravid on Sachin Tendulkar

His most important success was the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, who was caught behind for 44.

"His confidence is down a bit, so we we're really trying to go hard at him early and so far it's working.

"I tried to get him driving, (as) he looked pretty comfortable on the back foot. I was lucky to get the nick," Williams added.

Tendulkar is averaging only 16 in the series so far, but India believe he will come good in the final Test in Sydney, which seems certain to be a series decider.

"You go through phases like this where sometimes whatever you try, things don't seem to work out for you.

"The positive from our point of view is he's batting really well and he's in a good frame of mind - he seems his usual self and he's quite relaxed," said Dravid.





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