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Last Updated: Monday, 5 January, 2004, 07:24 GMT
Aussies face daunting target
Fourth Test, Sydney, day four (stumps)
India 705-7 dec. & 211-2 dec; Australia 474 & 10-0

Anil Kumble
Australia have been set a massive target of 443 to win the final Test and series against India in captain Steve Waugh's farewell match.

India hit 211-2 on Monday after dismissing Australia for 474, 231 short of the tourists' first innings total.

Anil Kumble took 8-141 with some brilliant leg-spin, but India decided not to enforce the follow-on.

Simon Katich hit a maiden Test century as he put on 117 for the eighth wicket with fast bowler Jason Gillespie (47).

Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden saw out four overs while knocking 10 off their target before stumps.

Kumble's figures were the most impressive at the Sydney Cricket Ground in more than 100 years.

Beginning the day on a four-wicket haul, he took all four of the last four wickets required by the Indians.

He dismissed Brett Lee for a duck in only the fourth over of the morning when Akash Chopra dived full length to claim a catch at short leg.

But he had to wait until after lunch for his next wicket.

Simon Katich
Katich gave Australia hope

By then, Katich, who had resumed on 51, had raced past his previous highest score of 75 and brought up his century.

Timing and placement were key in his innings and he also showed some excellent footwork to the spininers.

He did survive a few anxious moments on 99 but a perfect cover-drive for four off Kumble got him to the three-figure landmark.

He finally holed out to Virender Sehwag at long on as Kumble struck again, triggering a late collapse.

Gillespie, who had batted patiently until then with some neat deflections for four, threw his wicket away when he danced down the pitch to be stumped.

Ajit Agarkar then held a fine running catch at deep backward square leg to remove Nathan Bracken for two to end the innings, Australia losing their last three wickets for seven runs.

India took a further 43 overs out of the game by electing to bat again, whereupon Chopra was soon caught at backward point off Gillespie.

Lee endured a heart-breaking over against Virender Sehwag, when he had him caught off a no-ball and dropped by Ricky Ponting in the slips.

Rahul Dravid continued his purple patch to hit 91 not out off 114 balls after Sehwag was finally removed by Stuart MacGill for 47. Sachin Tendulkar added to his 241 not out with 60 not out.

On Tuesday, in Steve Waugh's final day of international cricket, Australia have the chance of making the highest score ever to win a Test. But they will probably have to settle for a draw.

India, on the other hand, who only need a draw to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, will harbour hopes of taking 10 wickets to win the match themselves.

Australia: Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Steve Waugh (captain), Simon Katich, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Nathan Bracken, Stuart MacGill.

India: Akash Chopra, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly (captain), V.V.S. Laxman, Parthiv Patel, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, Murali Kartik.

Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI), Billy Bowden (NZ)

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