Nagpur: Andrew Symonds hammered an unbeaten century as Australia posted an imposing 317-8 in the sixth one-day international against India here at the VCA Stadium on Sunday.
The 32-year-old all-rounder shrugged off controversy over allegedly suffering racial abuse from Indian fans to top-score with an 88-ball 107, studded with nine fours and four mighty sixes.
Dropped on two by Shanthakumaran Sreesanth with whom he has had a running feud since the start of the series, Symonds rallied the middle order with a 90-run stand for the sixth wicket with James Hopes (39) off just 58 balls.
He reached his sixth one-day century with a four and jumped in the air while pumping his fist to a standing ovation from the Australian dressing room.
Adam Gilchrist with a 47-ball 51 and Ricky Ponting (49) also made valuable contributions after the visitors elected to bat in conducive conditions.
Butter-fingered Indians dropped three catches in the game which they must win if they are to square the series. The home team trails the seven-match series 3-1 with one more game to go. The opener was abandoned due to rain.
Symonds also put on 75 runs for the fifth wicket with Brad Haddin (25) as Australia slammed 102 runs in the last 10 overs.
Murali Kartik was the most economical bowler, conceding 37 runs in nine overs with one wicket while Sreesanth had a miserable outing, giving away 64 runs off his eight overs with just one wicket in return.
Australians were off to a blazing start, despite losing Michael Clarke early.
Gilchrist, dropped on 16 by Rahul Dravid, hammered Sreesanth for three fours in an over while Ponting pulled Zaheer for a six over square leg to upset the rhythm of the bowlers.
The duo put on 96 runs off 85 balls for the second wicket before the Indians seized back the initiative by dismissing both in quick succession.
Gichrist, who hit eight fours, was caught by Robin Uthappa off Irfan Pathan while Ponting was dismissed by off spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Ponting slammed seven fours and six in his 44-ball knock.
Australia 317 for 8 in 50 overs (Symonds 107 n o, Gilchrist 51, Ponting 49, Jamie Hopes 39; Zaheer 2 for 62, Kartik 1 for 37, Harbhajan 1 for 56, Pathan 1 for 60) Vs India