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"We still have a lead of 180."
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banner Monday, 19 March, 2001, 11:33 GMT
Indian batsmen on top
Matthew Hayden on his way to a score of 203 in Chennai
Hayden played some powerful shots in his innings
Day Two, Third Test, Chennai
Australia 1st inns 391; India 1st inns 211-1 (at close)

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India's batsmen treated the Australian spinners with disdain as they made a flying start to their first innings at the Chidambaram Stadium.

They took just 64 overs to rattle up 211 for one at the close, with Shiv Das 84 not out second Test hero Vangipurappu Laxman unbeaten on 59.

Matthew Hayden had earlier made the first double century of his Test career despite figures of seven for 133 by Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Australian skipper Steve Waugh became only the sixth man in Test history to be given out handled ball as their last seven wickets went down for 51 runs, with Hayden eventually holing out for 203.

Wickets tumble

The tourists began the day in a healthy position on 326 for three, with Hayden and Waugh having already shared a stand of 89.

Steve Waugh survives an lbw appeal
Dighe appeals for lbw against Waugh

But their partnership lasted only six overs before Waugh missed an attempted sweep to a ball from Harbhajan and palmed the ball away as it appeared to be going towards the stumps.

Ricky Ponting was stumped second ball by debutant Sameer Dighe for nought and Harbhajan then trapped Adam Gilchrist lbw for one to leave Australia on 344 for six.

Gilchrist's dismissal meant he had score only a single in three innings since his brilliant 122 off 112 balls in the first Test at Mumbai.

Warne kept Hayden company in a seventh wicket stand of 30, even though he did not contribute a single run himself.

He was eventually caught at short leg by Das off Harbhajan, who followed that with the wicket of Jason Gillespie two runs later.

Hayden continued his progress towards 200 and eventually made it off 309 balls, with six sixes and 15 fours.

But Colin Miller became Harbhajan's sixth victim and the 20-year-old finished things off by having Hayden caught in the deep after batting for seven hours and 54 minutes.

Spinners ineffective

Indian openers Das and Sadogopan Ramesh survived the new ball burst from Glenn McGrath and Gillespie, so Waugh turned to Shane Warne and Colin Miller.

VVS Laxman pulls a short ball for four
Laxman continued where he left off in Calcutta

The two batsmen greeted the spin duo with positive strokeplay as Das reached his half century off 85 balls, with eight boundaries.

Ramesh lost little by comparison, although his fifty took 108 deliveries, as they shared a partnership of 123.

Warne eventually broke through when Ramesh was caught by Ricky Ponting for 61, but the arrival of Laxman merely resulted in an increase in the scoring rate.

Laxman made 281 in the second Test, an innings which turned the game on its head and led to India's astonishing 171-run victory.

He was quickly into his stride with some flowing strokes as he gathered most of his runs in boundaries.

His half century took just 52 balls and included 10 fours, three of them in one over from Miller, who bowled 18 overs for figures of nought for 64.

Warne ended the day with one for 73 from 20 overs.

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