MICHAEL SLATER hit a fluent 91 to lead the Australian fightback yesterday in the third and final Test against India in Bangalore. The tourists, facing a clean sweep in the three-match series, made a bold chase of India's 424 to end the second day's play at 209 for 3.
He contributed 52 in a 68-run opening stand with the captain, Mark Taylor (14), for Australia's best start so far in the series and then added 66 for the third wicket with Mark Waugh, who made an unbeaten 58 after surviving a close call when the ball failed to dislodge the stumps when he played on to off-spinner Venkatapathy Raju.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar hit a brilliant 177 as India took their overnight score of 290 for 4 to 424 before being all out 20 minutes after lunch. Tendulkar hit 29 boundaries and three sixes in his five-hour innings, nine of those fours and one six came on the second morning yesterday when he made 60 off 64 balls.