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  Tuesday, 3 April, 2001, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
Waugh praises centurions
Waugh's three wickets helped Australia dismiss India for 245
Waugh's three wickets helped dismiss India for 245
Australian captain Steve Waugh hailed the efforts of century-makers Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting after the visitors levelled the one-day series on Tuesday.

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The pair added 219 for the second wicket to help Australia to 338 for four and set up a 93-run win at the Inidra Priyadarshini Stadium.

The five-match series is now squared at two matches apiece.

Ponting made 101 and Hayden registered his maiden one-day century to reach 111 as Australia amassed their highest one-day score against India.

"Ponting showed great character after his recent run of low scores.

"Hayden batted superbly again. Today we put up an excellent performance. It was a good professional effort," Waugh said.

Hayden returned to the side to continue his superb run of form in India after being rested for the third match at Indore, which Australia lost by 118 runs.


They had a very big total, after that we had very little chance
Sourav Ganguly
The match to decide the series takes place in Goa on Friday and Waugh said Australia would put up a good fight.

"We won the (1999) World Cup. We don't give up a title easily," he said.

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said they were always on the back foot after Australia had score freely.

"They had a very big total, after that we had very little chance. There are no excuses, they played much better today," Ganguly said.

But Ganguly warned India would be determined to add the one-day series to their Test series triumph in the decider.

"It's a crunch game, we hope to come back and play good cricket," he said.

See also:

02 Apr 01 | India v Australia
31 Mar 01 | India v Australia
30 Mar 01 | India v Australia
28 Mar 01 | India v Australia
28 Mar 01 | India v Australia
27 Mar 01 | India v Australia
25 Mar 01 | India v Australia
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