Border-Gavaskar Trophy - 4th Test

Australia v India

Australia won by 298 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

10.27 am Minutes away from the start now. In previous Tests, Australia's players have spoken about keeping India on the field for extended periods to wear them down. It's a blazing hot day in Adelaide, so the fitness and mental strength of India's players are in for a test, especially if the day doesn't begin well.

Nick: "Very good toss for Australia to win, bat first, make 500+, India to bat last on a pitch dried out by the heat over the next few days and Lyon to run amok... Scripted beautifully.."

The Indians are doing their customary huddle before taking the field. Zaheer Khan marks out his run up. Remember, there's no MS Dhoni, it's Wriddhiman Saha keeping wicket. I'd say that would weaken India's batting, but Dhoni hasn't scored much at all.

Australia's odd couple is opening the batting. Ed Cowan to face, while David Warner is at the non-striker's. Zaheer from over the wicket ...

10.15 am: "I hope India fights back and make this match a 5 day event!" says Ajay. On evidence of India's performance so far, you'd have to be an optimist to buy tickets for the fifth day.

Matt: "A fifth day... I'm hoping for a full third day; I'm flying in from Sydney for a day at the cricket on Australia Day."

Anant: "In England and now in Australia, the Indian batting has been severely criticised for its horrid performance. Sehwag has said that the current Indian bowling unit is the best he's played with, however in the last 7 away matches, the bowlers have taken 82 wickets. That's less than 12 wickets per match, so even if their batting fails, their bowlers aren't exactly able to wrestle back the momentum. Of course, you could also lay some of the blame with the really defensive fields that Dhoni has set, which discourage wicket taking."

Speaking of which, I wonder where Zaheer Khan's Test career is headed after this match ... given India's next five-day game is not until October.

Mark Kidger: "George, I can't see India stopping the rot here. At some point losing becomes a habit and I think that India have reached that point on this tour. Unless the pitch is an absolutely shirtfront - which I can't believe it will be - this Test will be over in 4 days and Australia will have won 4-0."

"So they play Laxman. The batters have failed so they change the bowlers. They deserve to lose. We'll see how those old legs to in that heat," says Dr. Tooley. And it is very hot. I imagine there would be a queue to field at slip.

Gareth: "Sachin's never finished a test tour without a ton. Would love the little master to sign off by giving us one last display of brilliance." He just finished England without one, Gareth. Or did you mean just tours of Australia?

Toss, 10.00 am It's a hot day in Adelaide and conditions for batting, according to Tom Moody and Tony Greig among others, are expected to be spectacular. So both captains will want to bat first ...

Michael Clarke has won the toss and Australia will bat. For the record, Sehwag called tails. "We'll have a bat, thank you," says Clarke. "It's 36-37 [degrees], it's going to be a fantastic batting track."

Sehwag says it doesn't batter if India bat or bowl first, they have to "play well". He doesn't sound very convincing, though. India are playing the one spinner - R Ashwin, the offspinner, replaces medium-pacer Vinay Kumar.

India: 1 Virender Sehwag (capt), 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Virat Kohli, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav.

Noah: "Sehwag says it doesnt matter much,the toss.He knows very well Aus will be batting on day one anyways even if he won the toss and chose to bat 1st!"

Here's Australia's XI for you again. Nathan Lyon is playing his first Test at home. His inclusion for Starc is the only change Australia have made.

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Nathan Lyon.

The first hour will be crucial. How many times have you heard that said? Daniel Brettig tells us why that cliche is especially true at the Adelaide Oval. If India fail to make a few breakthroughs, they could be in for a colossal leather hunt.

9.15 am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the final Test of India's tour of Australia. It wasn't too long ago that this series began on Boxing Day with so much promise of a close contest. But here we are, with Australia having the opportunity to hand India a second whitewash in consecutive series overseas.

Adelaide, where India won in 2003-04, and drew in 07-08, where batting is supposedly the easiest of all Australia's Test venues. Sidharth Monga asks if the venue will help the visitors give Australia a challenge. India will be captained by Virender Sehwag in this game, because MS Dhoni was banned for a Test because of India's slow over-rate. Sehwag made a match-saving century on his last visit here; he's been in wretched form on this trip.

If you missed it, Australia have named their XI for the match. The left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who troubled India with swing and pace in Perth, was replaced by the offspinner Nathan Lyon. I dare say India will be a bit relieved. There's more match info in Brydon Coverdale's preview.

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Ed Cowan, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Nathan Lyon.

Michael Clarke said, on the eve of the Test, that he expects reverse swing to play a significant role in the match. We haven't had the ball reversing too much in the previous three Tests.

India don't play another Test for many months after this series ends. About seven to eight, I think, and that's a long time on the international circuit. So when it's time for India's players to wear whites again - after the tri-series in Australia, the Asia Cup, the IPL and a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka - will they be around? VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.

One or three might, but the bastion that has been broken in England and Australia will be gone. Sambit Bal says farewell in a poignant piece: "But for the moment, push the gloom aside and keep your eyes peeled. Viru, Rahul, Sachin and VVS you might never watch together again, and not in that order. They might or might not stroke a couple of hundreds between them, or put together one of those monster partnerships, but if you care enough to watch, there will still be moments of magic: a murderous scythe through the covers, a picture-perfect drive down the ground, a cover drive that paints the most ornate arc, or a gentle swish that charms the ball to the ropes. It's the team, and the results, that ultimately count. But invariably it is individual players who leave the fondest memories."

India's next Test team will be selected by a new selection panel, Kris Srikkanth's present term as chairman of selectors will end in September.

0.1

Khan to Cowan, no run, the first ball is full and angling in to off and middle, Cowan stays in his crease and pushes firmly towards mid-on, where Ishant moves to his right and tumbles as he fields

0.2

Khan to Cowan, no run, confident stride forward from Cowan as he blocks towards cover

0.3

Khan to Cowan, 1 leg bye, a full ball swings into the pads and strikes Cowan on the leg as he tries to glance towards square, Australia are away with leg byes behind square

0.4

Khan to Warner, no run, a half-shout for lbw as Warner is hit on the pad by a ball that swings into the left-hand batsman, Warner got outside the line of off stump

0.5

Khan to Warner, no run, this ball hits the pitch on a good length outside off and, instead of moving in this time, it jags away, Warner prods and is beaten

0.6

Khan to Warner, 3 leg byes, Zaheer strays down leg side and Warner tries to glance, he doesn't make contact but the ball brushes his thigh and goes towards fine leg for more leg byes

End of over 1 (4 runs, maiden) Australia 4/0
DA Warner    0* (3b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-0
EJM Cowan    0* (3b)     

Umesh Yadav is sharing the new ball, bowling from over the wicket.

1.1

Yadav to Warner, 3 runs, full and straight at brisk pace. A hint of swing into the batsman. Warner stays on his crease and muscles the ball along the ground past the bowler, Ishant lumbers after it

1.2

Yadav to Cowan, FOUR, a nice, friendly full toss outside off stump. Cowan stays in his crease and simply angles his bat, allowing the ball to bounce off it into the gap at cover. First runs for Cowan, first boundary of the Test

1.3

Yadav to Cowan, 1 run, Cowan leans forward, taps a length ball towards Zaheer's right at mid-off, and runs

Brad: "Well positive signs for Australia have managed to make five times the amount of runs than last year with no wickets!"

1.4

Yadav to Warner, no run, 144 kph, Warner gives the length ball a thump but can't beat mid-off

1.5

Yadav to Warner, 4 runs, they've run four! Warner didn't go along the ground this time, he went over mid-off, lofting a fuller ball. Ashwin perhaps assumed the ball would go for four because he didn't chase it fervently. The ball stopped a foot inside the rope. The straight boundaries at the Adelaide Oval are huge.

1.6

Yadav to Warner, no run, another full toss which Warner punches towards the bowler, Yadav bends down to field on his follow through

End of over 2 (12 runs) Australia 16/0
DA Warner    7* (7b)      UT Yadav    1-0-12-0
EJM Cowan    5* (5b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-1-0-0

2.1

Khan to Cowan, 1 run, Cowan uses the angle into him to turn the ball towards midwicket

2.2

Khan to Warner, 1 run, Warner taps the ball into the gap between mid-on and midwicket for a single, there's been a frequent rotation of the strike this morning

2.3

Khan to Cowan, no run, defended on the off side on the front foot

2.4

Khan to Cowan, no run, length delivery around off stump, Cowan stays in his crease and plays the ball towards point

2.5

Khan to Cowan, no run, defended on the off side and Cowan yells "No", in case Warner shows interest

Gareth: "I would have loved to watch Warner bat with Imzy for Ranatunga. He'd be bolting between the wickets and they'd be clutching at their chests."

2.6

Khan to Cowan, no run, wider outside off stump this time, left alone by Cowan. I think that's the first leave of the morning.

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 18/0
EJM Cowan    6* (10b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-1-2-0
DA Warner    8* (8b)      UT Yadav    1-0-12-0

Well, well, well. Sehwag's brought on his spinner, R Ashwin. Slip and a short leg in place.

3.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, Warner stands in his crease and defends with bat and pad close together, the ball squirts towards square leg

3.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, angled into the left-hander from round the wicket, Warner defends

3.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, defended on the front foot with bat and pad close together

3.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, blocked from the crease with a straight bat

3.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, Warner stays in his crease and defends towards cover

3.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, punched off the back foot but to the fielder at cover. Ashwin begins with a maiden.

Paul: "Does anyone know the last time there was an all-run 5 in a test match? Surely the Adelaide Oval would have been a prime candidate for it to occur? Back in the days before ropes, and before every fielder could run & slide..."

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 18/0
DA Warner    8* (14b)      R Ashwin    1-1-0-0
EJM Cowan    6* (10b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-1-2-0

4.1

Khan to Cowan, no run, Zaheer hits a good length on off and middle stump, Cowan gets behind the line and defends towards the bowler

4.2

Khan to Cowan, 2 runs, Cowan moves across the stumps and uses the angle of the fuller ball into him to clip off the pads through midwicket

4.3

Khan to Cowan, no run, the first short ball of the game, the batsman ducks under it

4.4

Khan to Cowan, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

4.5

Khan to Cowan, FOUR, another short ball, this time it sits up for Cowan, who's standing outside his crease and he pulls along the ground to the midwicket boundary

Vish: "Is it too late, or too early to root for Hrishikesh Kanitkar as India's test captain?" For those not in the know, Kanitkar's just led Rajasthan to victory in India's Ranji Trophy.

4.6

Khan to Cowan, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Cowan drives to the fielder at cover

End of over 5 (6 runs) Australia 24/0
EJM Cowan    12* (16b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-8-0
DA Warner    8* (14b)      R Ashwin    1-1-0-0

5.1

Ashwin to Warner, no run, tossed up into the left-hander from round the wicket, Warner stays back and plays towards the leg side

5.2

Ashwin to Warner, no run, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off

5.3

Ashwin to Warner, no run, Warner moves forward and defends towards the bowler

5.4

Ashwin to Warner, no run, a bit more air and room outside off, Warner drives to the fielder at cover

5.5

Ashwin to Warner, no run, Ashwin slowed this up outside off, Warner drives towards mid-off, where Yadav moves to his right and tumbles

5.6

Ashwin to Warner, no run, more work for Yadav at mid-off as Warner drives to him again. Consecutive maidens for Ashwin against Warner.

End of over 6 (maiden) Australia 24/0
DA Warner    8* (20b)      R Ashwin    2-2-0-0
EJM Cowan    12* (16b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-1-8-0

6.1

Khan to Cowan, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Cowan defends from his crease

6.2

Khan to Cowan, 1 run, another short ball at Cowan, who waits and pulls it from outside off towards the fielder at deep midwicket

6.3

Khan to Warner, 1 wide, a short one at Warner this time, but it's too high. Warner began to hook, but stopped

6.3

Khan to Warner, no run, Warner wanted to smash that towards the leg side but the line was outside off, he ended up flat-batting it to mid-on

6.4

Khan to Warner, no run, fuller length around off stump, Warner stayed back and was cramped for room as he defended the ball

6.5

Khan to Warner, OUT, lbw! Warner's been trapped on the crease and Aleem Dar raised his finger after some thought. Zaheer pitched the ball on a good length outside off and nipped it into the left-hander. Warner didn't move forward as he tried to nudge on the leg side. The ball hit him on the knee roll of the front pad, that was pretty out.

DA Warner lbw b Khan 8 (28m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 34.78

Shaun Marsh is the new batsman ... he's under some pressure to score.

6.6

Khan to Marsh, no run, good length outside off and Marsh moves forward to defend on the off side

Murali: "Perhaps too early to praise Sehwag's captaincy, but that Ashwin change undoubtedly created pressure and resulted in the wicket."

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 26/1
SE Marsh    0* (1b)      Z Khan    4-1-10-1
EJM Cowan    13* (18b 2x4)      R Ashwin    2-2-0-0

7.1

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, Cowan gets an inside edge behind square while trying to defend on the front foot, that was his first ball against Ashwin

7.2

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, defended on the off side

7.3

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, tossed up on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

7.4

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on where Ishant Sharma can't prevent the single. He was too deep and too slow in getting to the ball

7.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

7.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, shouts of "catch" as Cowan drives a flighted delivery uppishly towards mid-off

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 28/1
EJM Cowan    14* (21b 2x4)      R Ashwin    3-2-2-0
SE Marsh    1* (4b)      Z Khan    4-1-10-1

8.1

Khan to Marsh, no run, Zaheer tests the bounce on this pitch, there's enough to take the short ball over the batsman

Kris: "I know its early days yet, but David Warner needs to avoid becoming the new Marcus North..." Do you mean century or nothing scores, Kris?

8.2

Khan to Marsh, no run, Zaheer appeals for lbw once again after Marsh is a bit late in playing the inswinger off the back foot. The ball definitely hit pad first but Marsh had got outside the line of off stump and a bit high as well

8.3

Khan to Marsh, no run, beaten outside the off stump. Zaheer nips the ball away from Marsh this time and has the left-hander prodding tentatively off the front foot

8.4

Khan to Marsh, no run, Marsh strides forward and shoulders arms to a good length ball outside off

Jamie: "And Shaun Marsh needs to avoid becoming the next Phil Hughes..."

8.5

Khan to Marsh, 2 runs, full ball on the pads, Marsh leans across and flicks through square leg

8.6

Khan to Marsh, no run, length ball on a straight line, Marsh gets behind it and blocks

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 30/1
SE Marsh    3* (10b)      Z Khan    5-1-12-1
EJM Cowan    14* (21b 2x4)      R Ashwin    3-2-2-0

9.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, Cowan strides forward and defends on the leg side

9.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, pushed through quicker on off and middle, Cowan goes back to defend

9.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, slower again, on off and middle, Cowan defends on the front foot

9.4

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, tossed up but the line is far outside leg stump, Cowan stays back and nudges towards fine leg where Zaheer fields. Zaheer's got a towel in hand already.

9.5

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, defended on the leg side

9.6

Ashwin to Marsh, OUT, bowled him! The pressure mounts on Marsh after another failure. Ashwin gave the ball some air and pitched it on a good length just outside off. Marsh moved forward to defend but left a large gap between bat and front pad as he did so. He played down the wrong line, for the ball went on with the arm, through the gap, and hit the stumps.

SE Marsh b Ashwin 3 (10m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Ryan: "I think Mr Marsh can kiss his Carribean dream good bye..."

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 31/2
     R Ashwin    4-2-3-1
EJM Cowan    15* (25b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-1-12-1

Australia's first right-hander strides to the crease. Ricky Ponting. Ishant Sharma replaces Zaheer Khan. It's a hot day.

10.1

Sharma to Cowan, no run, good length pitching on leg stump, Cowan defends on the leg side

Aaron: "What ever happened to Callum Ferguson, its only a couple of years ago he was touted as the next big thing for Australian batting, then knee reco, now nothing."

10.2

Sharma to Cowan, no run, defended from the crease once again

Two slips and a gully in place.

10.3

Sharma to Cowan, no run, good length from Ishant on leg and middle, Cowan stays in his crease and defends

10.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, Ishant pitches around leg and keeps it rather straight, Cowan goes back and defends on the on-side

10.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, good length outside off stump, the batsman lets it go

Jas: "So far so good from Sehwag the captain. How is his field setting so far since I am not able to watch the game?" His fields have been standard so far.

10.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, pitches outside leg this time and begins to moves toward the left-hander as Cowan tries to defend. He gets a bit squared up while doing so

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 31/2
EJM Cowan    15* (31b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0
RT Ponting    0* (0b)      R Ashwin    4-2-3-1

Errol: "Not a good day for the Marsh family. Rodney is out in SL now Shaun is out also and with his form maybe out of team Australia."

11.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and pushes the ball past the man at silly point

11.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting goes back and defends on the leg side

11.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves back and tries to push the ball on the off side, the ball holds its line and goes straight on, beating the outside edge

11.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, this time there's some turn into the right-hander and Ponting defends on the back foot

11.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and drives a fuller ball towards mid-off

11.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 3 runs, sightly shorter and Ponting gets into position quickly and cuts behind point

End of over 12 (3 runs) Australia 34/2
RT Ponting    3* (6b)      R Ashwin    5-2-6-1
EJM Cowan    15* (31b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0

Kempy: "@Aaron, unfortunately Ferguson got injured at the worst possible time and then he hasn't rekindled the form that he had before the injury. There is no doubt that without the injury he would have played a Test or 2. Classiest stroke maker in Shield cricket that hasn't played a Test. Could be the next Jamie Siddons."

12.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length delivery but the line is outside off stump, Ponting moves forward and across before shouldering arms

12.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ishant pitches on a good length outside off and brings it into Ponting, who once again moves forward and across and lets it go

12.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length once again outside off stump, no movement into the right-hander this time, Ponting leaves again

12.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short ball outside off stump, Ponting lets it go, and after the ball passes him it begins to move sharply, forcing Saha to leap to his left to collect

12.5

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, a full ball to follow, Ponting is up for it and plays a crisp cover drive, Zaheer is at cover and he does well to stop it, but not well enough to prevent the single

12.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, another short ball but this time it's down the leg side to the left-hander, Cowan lets it go

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 35/2
EJM Cowan    15* (32b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-1-1-0
RT Ponting    4* (11b)      R Ashwin    5-2-6-1

Umesh Yadav's back, giving Ashwin a break.

13.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, Ponting chooses to stay in his crease to one that is a bit full to stay back to and defends on the leg side

13.2

Yadav to Ponting, 3 runs, that's in the air but through the gap! Ponting moved across to a full ball angling into him and clipped it off his pads, he checked his shot and placed it between midwicket and mid-on

13.3

Yadav to Cowan, 1 run, a full delivery with some width outside off, Cowan moves forward and drives towards cover where Tendulkar dives and deflects the ball to Zaheer at mid-off

13.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run, full length and straight, played towards mid-on

13.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, that's beaten Ponting for pace. Yadav delivers at 143 kph on a wicket to wicket line, the ball moves into Ponting who stays back and is hit on the thigh

13.6

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, and Ponting responds with a superb straight drive, punching the full ball past the bowler and all the way across the long Adelaide Oval boundary. Splendid shot.

End of over 14 (8 runs) Australia 43/2
RT Ponting    11* (16b 1x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-20-0
EJM Cowan    16* (33b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-1-1-0

14.1

Sharma to Cowan, 1 run, played towards square leg for a single

14.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length around off stump, Ponting stays in his crease, moves a little across and defends

14.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length but the line is too wide outside off, Ponting lets it go

14.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length outside off once again, Ponting lets it go once again, this time the bounce dies as the ball reaches the keeper

Sydneysider: "Now that we are are getting Hoggy back from retirement, is it too late for Hodgey to make an comeback in all formats. New captain, New selectors, Odd selections (Re: Bailey and Hogg), Marsh's poor form, Hodge's awesome form... is it possible?"

14.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and defends the incoming delivery towards cover point

14.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and plays a scorching cover drive to a full ball but can't beat the fielder at cover. The players will take a drinks break.

So, not only has Virender Sehwag used different tactics - R Ashwin with the new ball - and got two wickets in the first hour, he's also managed an over-rate of 15 per hour. India have bowled well, very few hit-me-please balls.

Scott: "@Kempy: "Comparing Ferguson to Siddons is a bit rich - one averaged 45 at 1st class with 35 100's and was competing against M & S Waugh, D Jones, Border and other champs. The other averages 35 with 7 100's and can't get picked ahead of Khawaja, Hughes or Marsh."

Tim: "@Errol, I think you will find Rodney and Shaun aren't related. You are thinking of Geoff!" Oops, and that slipped past me as well.

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 44/2
RT Ponting    11* (21b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-1-2-0
EJM Cowan    17* (34b 2x4)      UT Yadav    2-0-20-0

15.1

Yadav to Cowan, no run, good length, pitching around middle and slanting across the left-hander from over the wicket, Cowan defends on the back foot

15.2

Yadav to Cowan, no run, fuller length but a wider line, Cowan strides forward and lets it go

15.3

Yadav to Cowan, no run, defended back to the bowler from the crease

15.4

Yadav to Cowan, no run, a sharp, short ball at 143 kph. Cowan bends his knees and sways to let it pass

15.5

Yadav to Cowan, 1 run, fuller length on middle stump, Cowan pushes from his crease between midwicket and mid-on and calls Ponting through for a quick single

15.6

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, that short ball is at 146 kph and Ponting was hurried as he tried to pull, he made contact but the shot was not timed well towards square leg

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 46/2
RT Ponting    12* (22b 1x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-22-0
EJM Cowan    18* (39b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-1-2-0

16.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off stump

Anthony: "Surely it is time for Michael Clarke to step up and bat number three and get Watson to bat six. Cowan and Warner deserve more chances to build their union and Watson could come in and thump it if we're doing well and play the counter-attack if we are not."

16.2

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting is slightly cramped for room by one that jags in off a good length but he manages to play it towards midwicket and steal another quick single

16.3

Sharma to Cowan, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, Cowan stays back, gets on top of the bounce, and plays it down on the leg side

16.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, a fuller length, a good length, pitching outside off and moving into Ponting, who strides forward and across to shoulder arms

16.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting lets a good length ball go again outside off, this time moving back and across in his crease

16.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting is hit on the thigh by a short of a length ball that moves into the right-hander, Ponting moved across his crease and was hurried by the pace

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 48/2
RT Ponting    13* (27b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-1-4-0
EJM Cowan    19* (40b 2x4)      UT Yadav    3-0-22-0

17.1

Yadav to Cowan, no run, a full ball outside off stump, Cowan moves forward and drives to mid-off

17.2

Yadav to Cowan, 1 run, good length outside off stump, Cowan stays back and nudges the ball towards the right of the fielder at point

17.3

Yadav to Ponting, no run, a short ball outside off at 145 kph, Ponting turned his head away from the ball as he tried to pull, the line was too far outside off to make contact

17.4

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, poor follow-up ball, on the pads on a fuller length, Ponting plays the glance to the fine-leg boundary

17.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

17.6

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, edged and four! Ponting pushes at the ball that comes into him from the crease and edges it wide of the fielder at second slip

Big Dave: "The Indians seem to be bowling well. Slowest run rate of any session in the 4 tests for the Aussies? Can they maintain their lines and their patience?" I think that might depend on how they do in this heat.

End of over 18 (9 runs) Australia 57/2
RT Ponting    21* (31b 3x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-31-0
EJM Cowan    20* (42b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-1-4-0

18.1

Sharma to Cowan, 1 run, pushed off the back foot into the gap at cover for another single, the Indians are unable to stop the strike rotating

18.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ishant jags the ball back in after pitching short of a length outside off, Ponting gets an inside edge on to the thigh

18.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets on to the front foot to play a fuller ball towards cover point

18.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off, Ponting punches firmly from his crease but Kohli moves to his right at point and fields

18.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length delivery outside off, Ponting lets it go off the back foot

18.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets an inside edge into the ground as he tries to defend on the front foot

Kempy: "@Scott. Let's see what Ferguson averages when he finishes his career. In 2009 when he got injured at the Champions Trophy the current top 6 he was competing with for a Test berth were: Hayden, Katich, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and Watson. I can't see too many gaps for him to break into there. Ferguson has never been an opener, so it was always the middle order. As I said, he got injured at the worst time because if he stayed injury free he would have been picked in front of the players just mentioned."

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 58/2
RT Ponting    21* (36b 3x4)      I Sharma    5-1-5-0
EJM Cowan    21* (43b 2x4)      UT Yadav    4-0-31-0

19.1

Yadav to Cowan, 1 leg bye, full ball on the pads, played towards square leg

19.2

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, short ball, this time it's too short and Ponting's dealt with it. He moves back, gets into position, and pulls it through midwicket with power

19.3

Yadav to Ponting, no run, defended on the off side on the back foot

19.4

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, shot! Yadav pitches short of a length and wide outside off, Ponting waits in his crease and plays a terrific square drive in front of point, hit that with plenty of punch

19.5

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, short again and Ponting swivels and pulls to deep square leg, there's a fielder there

19.6

Yadav to Cowan, 1 run, fuller length to Cowan, a better length than the ones to Ponting. Cowan moves forward to defend and gets an inside edge on the leg side

David: "Re Anthony's comment on Clarke coming up to 3. This cannot be done, like Steve Waugh before him he is best suited to batting at 5. He's been tried higher and it's failed. Better to have him batting where he's comfortable and developing other players for those roles."

End of over 20 (11 runs) Australia 69/2
EJM Cowan    22* (45b 2x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-41-0
RT Ponting    30* (40b 5x4)      I Sharma    5-1-5-0

20.1

Sharma to Cowan, no run, good length delivery pitching in line and angling across the left-hander, Cowan defends on the off side

20.2

Sharma to Cowan, FOUR, there are only two slips and the ball has flown through where a third slip would have been. Cowan tried to drive a full ball angling across him and edged it

20.3

Sharma to Cowan, 2 runs, pushed from the crease towards point where the fielder can't stop the single. A definite momentum shift towards Australia in the last ten minutes.

20.4

Sharma to Cowan, no run, a short ball but it's down leg side

20.5

Sharma to Cowan, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler

Chris: "15 overs in the first hour, now only 5 overs in first 30 minutes of the 2nd hour. So much for a good over rate." Well they took the spinner off ...

20.6

Sharma to Cowan, no run, another short one down leg side, Cowan lets it go again

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 75/2
EJM Cowan    28* (51b 3x4)      I Sharma    6-1-11-0
RT Ponting    30* (40b 5x4)      UT Yadav    5-0-41-0

Chris: "To me, Watson is a classic number 4 in the Mark Waugh image, could bat with the new ball (if quick early wickets), good with the 2nd new ball. Clarke is a no.5 in my view - Ponting has been batting at 3 virtually throughout the India series anyway, he can step back up."

Here's the spinner, to lift the over-rate before lunch. Ashwin from over the wicket.

21.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, off-stump line, Ponting moves forward and defends

21.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, that's a bit short, Ponting goes back and pulls to deep square leg

21.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

21.4

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, Cowan goes back and plays towards square leg

21.5

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, played off the back foot on the leg side

21.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, Cowan goes back and across his stumps to defend to the fielder at short leg

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 76/2
EJM Cowan    28* (55b 3x4)      R Ashwin    6-2-7-1
RT Ponting    31* (42b 5x4)      I Sharma    6-1-11-0

Matt: "Re David, totally agree, Clarke prefers #5. #3 & #4 are our problem spots at the moment, however, given Warner & Cowan's good form, I think Watson should Australia's response to Jacques Kallis. Bat at 3 or 4 and bowl 2nd or 3rd change."

22.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, a full delivery angling into the right-hander, Ponting moves forward and drives to the fielder at short midwicket

22.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length around off stump, Ponting moves forward and defends on the off side

22.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward to push a fuller ball from off stump towards the off side

22.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, that one pitched short of a length outside off stump and cut back into Ponting, who tried to play from his crease and was cut in half

22.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, Ponting strides forward, covers his off stump, and shoulders arms

22.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full length on off stump, Ponting moves forward and plays the ball with a straight bat, it beats the bowler but doesn't beat mid-on running to his left

End of over 23 (maiden) Australia 76/2
RT Ponting    31* (48b 5x4)      I Sharma    7-2-11-0
EJM Cowan    28* (55b 3x4)      R Ashwin    6-2-7-1

23.1

Ashwin to Cowan, 1 run, tossed up into the left-hander from round the wicket, Cowan clips it in front of square

23.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward but then has to wait for the slower ball to reach him before defending

23.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, played a little more forcefully off the front foot towards the bowler

23.4

Ashwin to Ponting, FOUR, that's hit with a lot of power. Ponting moved forward, got down on one knee and swept it to the deep midwicket boundary. No body moved in the field. the partnership is now 50.

23.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, played to point for a single

23.6

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, played back to the bowler off the front foot

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 82/2
EJM Cowan    29* (57b 3x4)      R Ashwin    7-2-13-1
RT Ponting    36* (52b 6x4)      I Sharma    7-2-11-0

Sehwag's decided he'll have a bowl.

24.1

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, played off the front foot towards midwicket

Dragon of Brisbane: "OMG Matt to compare Watson to Kallis is such an insult to the great man. I dont like him but you have to respect him. Watson is about one tenth of the cricketer that Kallis is."

24.2

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended on the off side

24.3

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, driven past the bowler, Sehwag gets a hand on it but can't stop it cleanly

24.4

Sehwag to Cowan, 1 run, Cowan moves back and across and plays the ball off his pads towards square

24.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and defends on the off side

24.6

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting plays the ball off the front foot towards cover

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 84/2
RT Ponting    37* (57b 6x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-2-0
EJM Cowan    30* (58b 3x4)      R Ashwin    7-2-13-1

Jamie: "We wouldn't have the problem if they had just kept Khawaja, who was playing okay on horrible batting tracks."

25.1

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

25.2

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, bowled quicker through the air outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

25.3

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, Cowan strides forward and defends with care

25.4

Ashwin to Cowan, no run, Cowan block towards cover off the front foot

25.5

Ashwin to Cowan, OUT, caught at cover! Ashwin tossed this ball up outside off stump, drawing Cowan forward and into the cover drive. The ball dipped and Cowan didn't get to the pitch of it, hitting it hard, flat and low towards the right of the fielder at short cover. VVS Laxman was the man in that position and he did superbly to dive low to hold the chance with both hands. Not bad for a supposedly old man!

EJM Cowan c Laxman b Ashwin 30 (110m 63b 3x4 0x6) SR: 47.61

Michael Clarke is the new batsman.

25.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) Australia 84/3
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    8-3-13-2
RT Ponting    37* (57b 6x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-2-0

26.1

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, played off the back foot on the leg side

26.2

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and defends

26.3

Sehwag to Ponting, FOUR, tossed up and Ponting meets it on the front foot after skipping down the pitch. He drives with power through the gap at midwicket. Zaheer gets close to the ball after running to his left on the boundary but decides not to dive

26.4

Sehwag to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting moves back and cuts the ball from off stump through cover point, Tendulkar gives chase

26.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended on the leg side

26.6

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

End of over 27 (6 runs) Australia 90/3
RT Ponting    43* (63b 7x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-8-0
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      R Ashwin    8-3-13-2

27.1

Ashwin to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke stays in his crease and drives the ball behind point

27.2

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Clarke moves forward to a flighted ball and drives along the ground towards Yadav's left at mid-off. The fielder should have stopped that but he dived over the ball and allowed a boundary

27.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended from the crease to the bowler

27.4

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, nudged off the back foot behind square

27.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, bowled on of and middle stump, Ponting stays in his crease and plays on the leg side

27.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler, looks like we'll get one more over before the lunch break

End of over 28 (7 runs) Australia 97/3
RT Ponting    43* (65b 7x4)      R Ashwin    9-3-20-2
MJ Clarke    7* (5b 1x4)      V Sehwag    2-0-8-0

Zaheer Khan will bowl the final over before the break.

28.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

28.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length ball angling into the right-hander from over the wicket, defended on the leg side

28.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, banged in short from round the wicket, Clarke ducks under it

28.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, fuller length outside off stump, Clarke strides forward and drives to cover

28.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, defended off the front foot on the off side

Last ball before the break for lunch ...

28.6

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, and Clarke moves forward to drive a full delivery towards mid-off, where Ishant moves and slides to his left to stop the ball

Lunch, 12.35 pm So whose session was that? India began it well, by dismissing Warner and Marsh cheaply, but Australia pulled it back with a partnership between Cowan and Ponting. Cowan's wicket has given India the edge, though. Ponting, however, is in fluent form, and looking to score at every opportunity.

There wasn't too much on offer for the bowlers, and the Indians bowled with discipline for the most part. Umesh Yadav lost his lengths for a while. Ashwin was used with the new ball and he was particularly impressive on his comeback to the team. I'll be back in 40 minutes for the second session. See you then.

End of over 29 (1 run) Australia 98/3
MJ Clarke    8* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    6-1-13-1
RT Ponting    43* (65b 7x4)      R Ashwin    9-3-20-2

The start of the second session is a few minutes away. Thoughts on how the second session will go? Before the game, Michael Clarke expected there to be reverse swing, so perhaps that will make an appearance.

"Does anyone else think a collapse is possible or is it just me??" asks Yogi.

Benno: "India took the first session by the length of the straight for my mind. They only need 1 or 2 wickets and they can be in the box seat on pitch that will bat beautifully over the next 3 days. Great test so far."

Sehwag's starting with Umesh Yadav after lunch. Yadav lost his length against Ponting in the first session and went for plenty. Two slips and a gully.

29.1

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length and a bit straight, worked off the pads behind square

Benji: "I'm going to go right out there and say it. These two will bat right through this session and possibly through the day."

29.2

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, full ball on the pads, Ponting flicks through the empty midwicket region to the fielder at deep midwcket

29.3

Yadav to Clarke, no run, a good length delivery pitching outside off and moving into the right-hander, defended from the crease on the leg side

29.4

Yadav to Clarke, no run, short of a length delivery that climbs on Clarke, who watches it go past outside off stump

29.5

Yadav to Clarke, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

29.6

Yadav to Clarke, no run, good length on a wicket-to-wicket line, Clarke stays on his crease and defends. There was some movement into the right-hander for Yadav.

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 100/3
MJ Clarke    9* (16b 1x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-43-0
RT Ponting    44* (66b 7x4)      Z Khan    6-1-13-1

Zaheer Khan from the Cathedral End.

30.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting plays the ball with the angle into him from round the wicket towards midwicket

30.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler

30.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, Zaheer slants the ball into Clarke, who moves slightly forward and defends on the leg side

30.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length but the line is outside off stump and the ball doesn't angle in this time, Clarke lets it go

30.5

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, full ball and a bit straight, Clarke clips it towards wide mid-on where Tendulkar moves to his right and fields

30.6

Khan to Ponting, 3 runs, too full outside off stump, Ponting leans forward and drives the ball along the ground through cover, Ashwin has to chase

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 105/3
RT Ponting    48* (68b 7x4)      Z Khan    7-1-18-1
MJ Clarke    10* (20b 1x4)      UT Yadav    6-0-43-0

31.1

Yadav to Ponting, 2 runs, a full ball in the blockhole, Ponting is quick to bring his bat down and squeeze the ball behind square, he gets to his half-century in quick time. He's looked fluent and played some aggressive shots.

31.2

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting jumps back and works the ball on the leg side

31.3

Yadav to Clarke, no run, Yadav keeps it full and straight, Clarke stays in his crease and drives towards mid-on

31.4

Yadav to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Yadav pitches too short outside off stump, Clarke gets slightly on to the front foot and short-arm pulls the ball from outside off to the midwicket boundary. Controlled aggression.

31.5

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, a fuller length, a better length. Clarke uses the movement into him to flick between square and midwicket

Tony: "Congrats to punter on his 61st Test Fifty. He's also 30 away from his 13,000th Test run."

31.6

Yadav to Ponting, no run, short of a length and straight, Ponting gets behind the line on the back foot and defends

End of over 32 (8 runs) Australia 113/3
RT Ponting    51* (71b 7x4)      UT Yadav    7-0-51-0
MJ Clarke    15* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    7-1-18-1

32.1

Khan to Clarke, FOUR, Zaheer drifts on to the pads from round the wicket and Clarke times the flick well behind square. Yadav has to run from fine leg to his left and he fails to bend low enough to stop the ball. Lazy effort from a young Indian player.

32.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, Zaheer goes over the wicket to angle across the right-hander, Clarke defends on the off side

32.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, played from the crease towards midwicket

32.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, good leave, Clarke lets it go on bounce over the top of off stump as the ball angles across him

Only one wide slip in place now.

32.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length and straight, Clarke gets behind the line and defends

32.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, Zaheer pitches around off and takes the ball away from Clarke, who stays in his crease and lets it go

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 117/3
MJ Clarke    19* (29b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-1-22-1
RT Ponting    51* (71b 7x4)      UT Yadav    7-0-51-0

Jimbo: "So, with Haddin having said he was tired after failing in the Big Bash game, any thoughts on rotating the 'keeper as well as Bowlers? And whats the feeling if he fails with the bat this Test? Surely he's had enough chances."

33.1

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, a full ball on off stump, it's there to be driven and Ponting does that, moving forward and driving through the line, placing the ball between the bowler and mid-off

33.2

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, now it's short, and Ponting rocks back and pulls towards the fielder at deep square leg

33.3

Yadav to Clarke, no run, that's possibly the first slower ball of the day, it beats Clarke outside off stump and doesn't carry to the 'keeper

33.4

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, strays on to the pads this time, allowing Clarke to take a single with an easy clip towards midwicket

33.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, short of a length and straight, Ponting stays in his crease and plays the ball confidently towards point

Dan: "Re Haddin's keeping - I agree he has pretty much run out of chances, but the selectors obviously don't have confidence in the back-up. I can't fathom why Peter Neville isn't being talked about. He is an excellent keeper, and his batting record is as good as any other keeper in the country."

33.6

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, Pontng gets up on his toes to ride the bounce and guides a short of a length ball through backward point

End of over 34 (7 runs) Australia 124/3
RT Ponting    57* (75b 8x4)      UT Yadav    8-0-58-0
MJ Clarke    20* (31b 3x4)      Z Khan    8-1-22-1

This partnership is already 40, at nearly five runs an over.

34.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length from Zaheer, pitching just outside off and moving further away from over the wicket. Ponting strides forward and lets the ball go

34.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, similar ball, and Ponting shoulders arms once again

34.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, straighter line, Ponting moves forward and pushes the ball past the bowler towards mid-off, he wants one but Clarke says no

34.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and defends a good length ball fluently towards mid-off

Jack: "Looks like the floodgates are starting to open here. I'm predicting a double century from Pup. Too bad I'm stuck at work just down the road."

34.5

Khan to Ponting, 3 runs, fuller length and Ponting pushes firmly past the bowler once again. Ishant moves to his right and takes pace off the ball with a tumbling effort. A good try I suppose, but a more agile man would have stopped it

34.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to play a full ball on leg and middle towards the on side but gets an outside edge towards the off

End of over 35 (3 runs) Australia 127/3
MJ Clarke    20* (32b 3x4)      Z Khan    9-1-25-1
RT Ponting    60* (80b 8x4)      UT Yadav    8-0-58-0

35.1

Yadav to Ponting, 5 wides, that's a wild delivery. A high bouncer and far down leg side, Saha had no chance. Terrible ball and Yadav continues to lose it after lunch.

35.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, a slightly slower ball, fuller and straighter. Ponting moves across and defends on the leg side

35.2

Yadav to Ponting, no run, another short ball, Ponting resists the urge to hook. No slips in place now. Two men out on the leg side for the hook.

35.3

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Ponting stays on the back foot and drives the ball to deep point

No slips for Clarke either, two men for the hook remain.

35.4

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, length ball on the pads, Clarke brings up the 50 partnership with a clip through square

35.5

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, short ball and Ponting swivels to pull the ball past the man at square leg towards the fielder in the deep

35.6

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length but down leg side, Clarke glances the ball off his body and gives Saha some running to do. I'd be surprised if Yadav's spell doesn't end now

End of over 36 (9 runs) Australia 136/3
MJ Clarke    22* (34b 3x4)      UT Yadav    9-0-67-0
RT Ponting    62* (84b 8x4)      Z Khan    9-1-25-1

36.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, Zaheer goes round the wicket and angles the ball into Clarke, who plays it with a straight bat past the bowler

Nick: "Interesting point Jimbo. One would have thought that given this is a dead rubber it would be the perfect time to see if a Wade, Nevill or even a Triffitt is up to playing for his country at Test level. Would rather find out now than have to chuck one of them in the deep end come the second or third test of an Ashes series."

36.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

36.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length around off stump, Clarke stays in his crease and defends on the off side

Thevoiceofreason: "Why do India have no slips in place? Ponting and Clarke can take the game out of their reach if they bat aggressively for a session. Bowling short on this pitch = madness." Agree, but someone needs to tell Sehwag and Yadav.

36.4

Khan to Clarke, 2 runs, Zaheer angles the ball sharply into Clarke, who moves forward and across to work the ball through midwicket

36.5

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, Zaheer changes the angle to across the right-hander from over the wicket and bowls a slightly slower ball. Clarke pushes forward and gets an outside edge that falls well short of Laxman, who is the lone man in the cordon, standing at a wide slip. He ball deflects off his leg and Saha has to chase

36.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, played back towards the bowler off the front foot

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 139/3
RT Ponting    62* (85b 8x4)      Z Khan    10-1-28-1
MJ Clarke    25* (39b 3x4)      UT Yadav    9-0-67-0

Yadav's been replaced by Ashwin.

37.1

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, bowled flat through the air on off stump, defended on the front foot

37.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, Clarke goes back to a quicker ball and defends from in front of his stumps

37.3

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, tossed up delivery and Clarke comes out of his crease to push towards the fielder who is deep at mid-on

37.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting stays in his crease and defend son the off side

37.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and defends on the off side

37.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting stays back this time and blocks a straight delivery

Deepak: "Ponting's pull shot is a fraction of what it once was, but when you look at how good it once was, even that fraction is more than enough to handle this poorly thought out plan to bounce him out."

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 140/3
RT Ponting    62* (88b 8x4)      R Ashwin    10-3-21-2
MJ Clarke    26* (42b 3x4)      Z Khan    10-1-28-1

38.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length delivery angling across the right-hander, Clarke shoulders arms

Zaheer runs all the way in but Clarke pulls out because there's someone sauntering across the sight screen. Not fun for the bowler in this heat.

38.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length ball outside off, Clarke lets it go past again

38.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length on a straighter line, Clarke moves a little forward and defends towards midwicket

38.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, that's a bit wide outside off stump, Clarke lets it go through to Saha

38.5

Khan to Clarke, FOUR, poor line, on the pads, Clarke helps it along to the fine-leg boundary with a wristy leg-glance

38.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, a full ball outside off stump, Clarke reaches for it and hits it into the ground and towards Gambhir at point

Adam: "I don't consider this match a 'dead rubber' as Australia needs to win to draw level on points with India in the ICC test rankings."

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 144/3
MJ Clarke    30* (48b 4x4)      Z Khan    11-1-32-1
RT Ponting    62* (88b 8x4)      R Ashwin    10-3-21-2

39.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and defends with bat close to pad

39.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward again and plays towards mid-on

39.3

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting drives the ball from in line with his stumps towards mid-on

39.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, tossed up on off stump, Clarke moves forward and drives to mid-off

39.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, bowled quicker on middle this time, Clarke plays the ball towards midwicket

39.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

Nitin: "@Adam: does it matter?"

End of over 40 (1 run) Australia 145/3
MJ Clarke    30* (51b 4x4)      R Ashwin    11-3-22-2
RT Ponting    63* (91b 8x4)      Z Khan    11-1-32-1

Ishant's replaced Zaheer, bowling from over the wicket.

40.1

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, For someone who bowled a tight spell in the first session, Ishant begins with a shocker. So short and so wide outside off stump. Ponting cuts, but the ball was so wide it hit the bottom of his bat and went in front of point

40.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, better line and length, closer to off, left alone by the batsman

40.3

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, casual, sloppy and despicable fielding. Ponting drives the ball towards cover, Ashwin moves to his left and makes a feeble one-handed attempt to bend and stop the ball.

40.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump, left alone once again

40.5

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, a full ball with some swing into the right-hander, Clarke strides forward and plays a fluent cover drive through the gap, Ashwin has no chance

40.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off stump

End of over 41 (7 runs) Australia 152/3
MJ Clarke    34* (54b 5x4)      I Sharma    8-2-18-0
RT Ponting    66* (94b 8x4)      R Ashwin    11-3-22-2

41.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

41.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, full and straight, Ponting goes back and drives back to the bowler

41.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Ponting lets it go

41.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

41.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, played back to the bowler once again

41.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 2 runs, shorter length outside off stump, Ponting goes back and cuts, Tendulkar dives to his right at point and gets some hand on the ball as it goes past. Ashwin, the bowler, will do well to display similar commitment in the field

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 154/3
RT Ponting    68* (100b 8x4)      R Ashwin    12-3-24-2
MJ Clarke    34* (54b 5x4)      I Sharma    8-2-18-0

42.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, Clarke decides to leave the ball too late and the ball hits the middle of the bat as he begins to pull it away, it goes safely on the bounce to Laxman, who's the only slip fielder

42.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off stump

42.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, defended off the back foot towards point

Shailendra: "India's inability to kill the game after few early wickets is a sign of unfit players who cannot keep the pressure through consistency and accuracy. Their fielding is just atrocious."

42.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, played from the crease towards cover, Ishant's keeping a consistent length around off stump

42.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward and plays a length ball towards point

42.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, Clarke cuts to Gambhir at point

End of over 43 (maiden) Australia 154/3
MJ Clarke    34* (60b 5x4)      I Sharma    9-3-18-0
RT Ponting    68* (100b 8x4)      R Ashwin    12-3-24-2

43.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, length ball heading for the leg stump, defended to the leg side

43.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, once more keeps it on a length, defended from the crease

43.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, probing away around off, forward defensive

43.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, on middle and leg, Ponting blocks off the back foot

43.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, tossed up and that is pushed towards mid-on

43.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, a maiden after drinks, the last ball of the over is patted towards short midwicket

End of over 44 (maiden) Australia 154/3
RT Ponting    68* (106b 8x4)      R Ashwin    13-4-24-2
MJ Clarke    34* (60b 5x4)      I Sharma    9-3-18-0

44.1

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, length ball slanting into the pads, clipped towards square leg

44.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, overpitched ball around off stump, pushed towards cover off the front foot

44.3

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, shouts of 'Catch' as Ponting punches that on the up, there was plenty of width for Ponting to chop it off the front foot in front of point, glorious hit that

44.4

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, slides it towards the pads once more, helped along towards deep square leg

44.5

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, lucky for Clarke, he chases a very wide one, gets a thick edge and that flies between the keeper and slip fielder, who was at a second slip position, first slip would have gobbled that up

44.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, just outside off, Clarke shoulders arms to that one

End of over 45 (10 runs) Australia 164/3
MJ Clarke    39* (63b 6x4)      I Sharma    10-3-28-0
RT Ponting    73* (109b 9x4)      R Ashwin    13-4-24-2

45.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, length ball on the pads, worked in front of square leg

45.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended to short leg

45.3

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, shuffles down the track, pushes the ball to mid-on, and shouts 'Yes, yes' to let Ponting know there's a quick single

45.4

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, the soduku ball, pitching outside leg stump, helped towards square leg

45.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended from the crease to the off side

45.6

Ashwin to Clarke, 2 runs, guides it towards deep backward point to end the over

End of over 46 (5 runs) Australia 169/3
MJ Clarke    42* (67b 6x4)      R Ashwin    14-4-29-2
RT Ponting    75* (111b 9x4)      I Sharma    10-3-28-0

46.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Ponting tries to cut but it's too far away

46.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full ball on off stump, driven to mid-off on the front foot

46.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, played off the front foot towards cover

46.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length but the line is outside off, Ponting strides forward and shoulders arms

46.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, loud appeal from Ishant as a full ball swings into Ponting and hits the pad, the back pad. The impact was a bit high, on the thigh in fact

46.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone by Ponting

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End of over 47 (maiden) Australia 169/3
RT Ponting    75* (117b 9x4)      I Sharma    11-4-28-0
MJ Clarke    42* (67b 6x4)      R Ashwin    14-4-29-2

47.1

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, a long hop and Clarke has dismissed it from his presence with a withering pull off the back foot to the midwicket boundary

47.2

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, this time Clarke steps out of his crease to a flighted ball and lofts it cleanly over mid-on, the boundaries here are huge so he gets to his half-century with a four

47.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

47.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, Clarke strides forward and defends towards the bowler

47.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot to silly mid-on

47.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, Clarke defends on the off side from his crease, four dots after two boundaries

End of over 48 (8 runs) Australia 177/3
MJ Clarke    50* (73b 8x4)      R Ashwin    15-4-37-2
RT Ponting    75* (117b 9x4)      I Sharma    11-4-28-0

Jon: "Is it just me, or has Clarke got into the habit of scoring quickly in the last couple of years?" He was never especially slow in Tests, was he?

48.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and tries to square drive, the ball moves into him off a good length and he gets a bottom edge into the ground towards point

48.2

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, Ishant is now moving the ball into the right-hander, Ponting gets a bit of an inside edge towards the leg side while trying to defend on the front foot

Jarved06: "Seems we are back to Sydney! It may help you by letting copy paste do the job for commentary too."

48.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, Clarke stays in his crease, gets behind the line of a length delivery, and defends with a straight bat

48.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, a full ball angling into the right-hander, Clarke flicks off the pads but can't beat the fielder at short midwicket

48.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off stump

48.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, the bouncer at 137 kph, Clarke begins to move across, then sways out of the way

End of over 49 (1 run) Australia 178/3
MJ Clarke    50* (77b 8x4)      I Sharma    12-4-29-0
RT Ponting    76* (119b 9x4)      R Ashwin    15-4-37-2

49.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting steps out of his crease and drives back to the bowler, Ashwin fields and Clarke scampers back into the crease

49.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

49.3

Ashwin to Ponting, 2 runs, that's not that short but Ponting stays back and plays a short-arm paddle through square leg

49.4

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, a risky single to Yadav at mid-on, Ponting had to sprint but Yadav was rather off balance as he threw and missed the stumps

49.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves back and cuts the ball from in front of his stumps to point

49.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended back to the bowler from the crease

End of over 50 (3 runs) Australia 181/3
MJ Clarke    50* (79b 8x4)      R Ashwin    16-4-40-2
RT Ponting    79* (123b 9x4)      I Sharma    12-4-29-0
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Australia v India at Adelaide - Jan 24-28, 2012
Australia won by 298 runs
Australia v India at Perth - Jan 13-15, 2012
Australia won by an innings and 37 runs
Australia v India at Sydney - Jan 3-6, 2012
Australia won by an innings and 68 runs
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Australia won by 122 runs
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