ANIL KUMBLE took four wickets and Steve Waugh was dismissed for 40 in his final Test as Australia reached 342 for 6 at the close of play on the third day of the fourth and final Test against India here yesterday.
With the series tied at 1-1, the Australian openers Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden put on 147 at the Sydney Cricket Ground as Australia began the mammoth task of scoring 506 to avoid the follow- on after India had declared on 705 for 7. Hayden was eventually caught at mid-off by the India captain, Sourav Ganguly, attempting a big hit off Kumble for 67.
Ricky Ponting joined Langer and the pair took Australia to 214 when Langer became Kumble's second victim on 117. After recording his 17th Test century, Langer attempted a sweep, but top-edged the ball and the wicketkeeper, Parthiv Patel, ran on to the leg side to take the catch.
That brought Damien Martyn to the crease and he and Ponting took the score to 229 before Kumble struck again, this time rapping Ponting on the pads with a quicker ball, prompting the umpire Steve Bucknor to raise his finger.
Waugh entered the fray to a standing ovation and was soon off the mark with a boundary, but not long after he lost his partner, Martyn, who was caught and bowled by Kumble for seven with the score on 261.
Simon Katich helped Waugh steady the Australian innings and took the score past 300, but when Irfan Pathan was recalled he found the edge of Waugh's bat with an away swinger and Patel took an easy catch. Waugh had been in for 90 minutes, faced 72 balls and hit six fours.
Katich reached his 50 and put on 30 with Adam Gilchrist before Pathan bowled the wicketkeeper with a superb yorker for six. At the close Katich was 51 not out, with Brett Lee yet to get off the mark.
Earlier, India had declared on 705 for 7 with Sachin Tendulkar undefeated on 241 - the highest score by an Indian batsman on foreign soil.
Resuming yesterday on 650 for 5, the touring side lost two wickets in the opening 40 minutes before declaring. Patel attempted a hook and was caught behind by Gilchrist off Lee for 62 having put on 101 with Tendulkar for the sixth wicket. Ajit Agarkar only faced five balls before being bowled by Lee for two and Pathan was 13 not out when Ganguly called his players in.
Lee was Australia's most successful bowler, taking 4 for 201 - only the second time an Australian has conceded over 200 runs in a Test match.
India's total was a record, beating the 676 for 7 they scored against Sri Lanka at Kanpur in 1987, and gives the touring side a real chance of becoming the first team to beat Australia in a Test series at home in 11 years.
Kumble said: "We have a great chance to win. We just need to think about taking each wicket - think about that rather than the ultimate result. …