Tendulkar makes Australians suffer - CNN.com

SYDNEY, Australia -- Sachin Tendulkar hit his 38th Test century to help India take a 69-run first innings lead over Australia in the second Test match in Sydney.


Tendulkar now averages 326 in his six Test match appearances at the SCG.

He made an unbeaten 154 from 243 balls, hitting a six and 14 fours in almost seven hours.

Australia ended the third day at 19 for no wicket in their second innings.

The 34-year-old Tendulkar has now made eight centuries against Australia and three in four Tests at the SCG, where his average is a stunning 326 from six innings, four unbeaten.

Tendulkar, halfway through his 144th Test match, has amassed 11,520 runs and he is now just 433 runs short of West Indian Brian Lara's world record of 11,953.

World record Test centurion Tendulkar now has four more centuries than Lara and fellow-Indian Sunil Gavaskar.

On India's last tour to Australia in 2003/04 Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 241 at the SCG and he also hit an undefeated 148 in the drawn 1992 Sydney Test in his first tour of Australia.

He was the key figure as India added 187 runs for the last three wickets on Friday.

Harbhajan Singh made 63 off 92 balls, RP Singh 13 off 22 and Ishant Sharma 23 from 34 to keep Australia in the field for almost all of the third day.

Centuries by Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman (109) have turned around India's fortunes after last week's ignominious 337-run defeat in Melbourne.

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee finished with 5-119 off 32.2 overs and combined with wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist for the dismissals of Mahendra Dhoni (2) and skipper Anil Kumble (2).

Dhoni's wicket was Gilchrist's 400th Test dismissal.

In the morning session leg-spinner Brad Hogg enticed Sourav Ganguly on 67 to hit over the top of the ringed field only to find Mike Hussey at deep mid-off.

The former Indian skipper batted for 116 minutes and hit seven fours and a straight hit six off spinner Michael Clarke off 78 balls and put on 108 for the fourth wicket with Tendulkar.

Meanwhile, Harbhajan has been charged for making a racist remark or gesture after Australia captain Ricky Ponting complained to the umpires during India's first innings.

If found guilty, Harbhajan could face a ban of between two and four test games or between four and eight one-dayers.

Harbhajan's hearing will take place after the fourth day's play.

New Zealand were 156 for four in reply to Bangladesh's first innings 137 at the close of the first day of the first Test in Dunedin. Mathew Bell was unbeaten on 74.

Tamim Iqbal scored 53 in the Bangladesh total, with Chris Martin taking four for 64 and Jacob Oram three for 23. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend