Bangalore: Matthew Hayden and Phil Jaques struck half-centuries as Australia cruised to 158/0 in reply to India's 526 at lunch on day three of their fourth and final Test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Resuming at the overnight score of 62/0, Aussie openers added 96 off 30 overs in the first session. Hayden made a strokeful 86* while Jaques a sedate 59 were at the crease.
The pair had shared the strike almost equally, with Jaques facing 153 balls and hitting three fours and Hayden facing 156 balls and getting eight fours and a six - a towering on-drive off Anil Kumble.
Hayden was closing in on his 30th century in 94 Tests. His series aggregate was 307 before this innings - 124 and 47 in Melbourne and 13 and 123 in Sydney. He missed the Perth Test with a strained hamstring.
Jaques' half-century was timely after his double failure (eight and 16) in Perth. He made 66 and 51 in Melbourne and 0 and 42 in Sydney.
Tourist sorely missed their ace paceman RP, who is down with hamstring strain.
The Hayden-Jaques partnership was the highest for the first wicket in nine Australia-India Tests at the Adelaide Oval.
The previous best was 99 by Bob Simpson and Bill Lawry in 1967-68 (and India's best remains the 95 scored by Sunil Gavaskar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth in 1986-86).
However the highest opening stand for India-Australia Test is 217 by David Boon and Geoff Marsh in Sydney in 1985-86.
The Australian and Indian players lined up on the ground before play started for a brief ceremony to mark Australia Day and Indian Republic Day.
Brief Scores (at lunch, D-3):
India Ist innings 526 all out (Tendulkar 153, Kumble 87, Harbhajan 63, Sehwag 63, Laxman 51; Johnson 4 for 126, Lee 3 for 101) Vs Australia 158/0 (Hayden 86 n o, Jaques 59 n o).