Australia 463 India 216-3: Laxman continues rich form against Australia to keep tourists in touch

V V S Laxman hit his fifth Test century against Australia to help India reach 216 for 3 at the end of day two of the second Test here yesterday. Laxman, who recorded his third century at the SCG, batted fluently to make 109 from 127 balls before he was caught by Mike Hussey off the spin of Brad Hogg.

Rahul Dravid also made a battling fifty to leave India 247 runs behind the hosts who earlier made 463 thanks largely to a spirited 162 not out from Andrew Symonds who beat his previous highest Test score of 156 against England during last year's Ashes.

Wasim Jaffer and Dravid took to the crease shortly before lunch, and the former was out for three bowled by a beautiful yorker from Brett Lee.

Laxman joined Dravid and they put on an impressive stand for the rest of the session, with the No 3 hitting 14 fours to reach 73 to take India to 101 for 1 at tea. Laxman reached three figures in the 48th over with a wristy pull through midwicket off Hogg, but Dravid was dismissed for 53 after wafting at a wide ball from Mitchell Johnson and edging it to Matthew Hayden at slip.

Laxman went moments later when Hogg tossed up a delivery outside off stump which he chipped to Hussey at short cover. Sachin Tendulkar (nine not out) and Sourav Ganguly (21no) came to the crease with India on 185 for 3 and saw out the remaining overs.

News
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
Highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
News
news
New Articles
i100... with this review
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam