Sourav Ganguly struck an attractive half-century to help India reach 404-5 at lunch on the second day of the fourth and final Test against Australia here on Friday.
The left-hander, playing his last Test, was unbeaten on 80 at the break as India denied Australia success in the morning session. He has so far hit one six and eight fours in his 35th Test half-century in 113 matches.
Ganguly put on 101 for the unfinished sixth wicket with new captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (43 not out) to strengthen his team's position.
India lead 1-0 in the series following their 320-run victory in the second match in Mohali. The Tests in Bangalore and New Delhi were drawn.
Australia needed early wickets to keep alive their hopes of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but neither their pacemen nor spinner Jason Krejza could unsettle Ganguly and Dhoni on an easy-paced track.
Ganguly, who scored a hundred in Mohali, extended his impressive run in the farewell series as he cut and drove fluently during his 142-ball knock.
He used his feet well against off-spinner Krejza, once stepping out of the crease to loft the bowler over long-on for a six. The spinner has so far conceded 195 runs in 38 overs.
Dhoni kept finding gaps in the field to keep the