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

50.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, a full ball swings into Ponting, who strides forward and pushes into the off side

50.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and defends the swinging ball back to the bowler. There's definite movement into the right-hander

50.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves slightly across to play the ball from middle stump towards midwicket

50.4

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, dabbed towards backward point for a quick single, a tight run, well stolen. Gambhir couldn't hit the stumps after running to his left from point

50.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, Clarke tries to cut a length ball just outside off and is beaten

50.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, Clarke lets it go through to Saha

Over to Ponting, who is on 12,999 Test runs ...

End of over 51 (1 run) Australia 182/3
MJ Clarke    50* (81b 8x4)      I Sharma    13-4-30-0
RT Ponting    80* (127b 9x4)      R Ashwin    16-4-40-2

51.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets to 13,000 Test runs by sweeping Ashwin to deep square leg. Only Tendulkar and Dravid have gone past this mark before him

51.2

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

Here's more from Madhu: "Ponting reached the mark in his 275th innings which is second to Tendulkar's 266. Dravid got there in fewer matches (160) than Ponting (162) and Tendulkar (163)."

51.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, played towards midwicket

51.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, quicker and straighter, defended on the back foot

51.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps out of his crease and defends

51.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, played off the back foot towards the fielder at silly mid on

End of over 52 (1 run) Australia 183/3
MJ Clarke    50* (86b 8x4)      R Ashwin    17-4-41-2
RT Ponting    81* (128b 9x4)      I Sharma    13-4-30-0

52.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, superb take from Saha, diving to his left to collect a full and wide ball down leg side

52.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full ball on middle stump, driven from the crease towards mid-on

Marcus: "Isn't it amazing that the top 3 runs scorers of all time are within about 50m of each other playing the same match right now!"

52.3

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, Ponting lunges forward and drives through extra cover to bring up the 100 partnership

52.4

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, shot! The ball was not that short but it was wide enough to cut and Clarke threaded it past the diving fielder at point, placed it superbly

52.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, punched off the front foot towards mid-off

52.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, Clarke moves forward to a length ball and plays on the off side

End of over 53 (5 runs) Australia 188/3
MJ Clarke    54* (89b 9x4)      I Sharma    14-4-35-0
RT Ponting    82* (131b 9x4)      R Ashwin    17-4-41-2

53.1

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

53.2

Ashwin to Ponting, FOUR, he doesn't stay back this time, instead Ponting steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it straight over the bowler's head

53.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward to defend on the off side

53.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, pushed off the front foot towards short midwicket

53.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, an appeal for lbw, but Ponting had a long stride forward and got an inside edge as well while defending

53.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, played off the pads towards fine leg

End of over 54 (5 runs) Australia 193/3
RT Ponting    87* (137b 10x4)      R Ashwin    18-4-46-2
MJ Clarke    54* (89b 9x4)      I Sharma    14-4-35-0

54.1

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, Sehwag comes into the attack and bowls a full toss outside off stump, played towards mid-off on the front foot

54.2

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, tossed up into the blockhole, Clarke defends

54.3

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

54.4

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, driven off the front foot through extra cover

54.5

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

54.6

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, blocked once again, towards the leg side

Faldo: "To Marcus' comments, I wonder if we could see a Ponting c Dravid b Tendulkar in the scoreline. The would be a unique instance with the top 3 scorers in cricket being part of the same dismissal. Wishful thinking on my part."

End of over 55 (2 runs) Australia 195/3
RT Ponting    88* (140b 10x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-10-0
MJ Clarke    55* (92b 9x4)      R Ashwin    18-4-46-2

55.1

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

55.2

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, shorter length, and Clarke goes back, makes room and cuts hard through the gap at cover point

55.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, flatter ball on middle stump, defended on the back foot to short leg

55.4

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, short length outside off stump again, Clarke brings up Australia's 200 by going back and slapping the ball through point, the length is poor from Ashwin

55.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, bowled on middle stump again, Clarke defends to the bowler

55.6

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, sublime, Clarke's taking Ashwin apart. He uses his feet nimbly, gets to the pitch of the ball outside off, and lofts it over the in field at cover

End of over 56 (12 runs) Australia 207/3
MJ Clarke    67* (98b 12x4)      R Ashwin    19-4-58-2
RT Ponting    88* (140b 10x4)      V Sehwag    3-0-10-0

56.1

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

56.2

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting uses his feet to move out of his crease and drives to mid-on, there's a direct hit at the bowler's end but the batsman is safe

56.3

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

56.4

Sehwag to Ponting, 3 runs, shot! Ponting steps out of his crease to get to the pitch of the ball and drive along the ground through the gap at cover. Ishant chases and manages to pull the ball in, just inside the boundary.

56.5

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot

56.6

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke drives to mid-off, where the fielder is a bit deep

End of over 57 (4 runs) Australia 211/3
MJ Clarke    68* (100b 12x4)      V Sehwag    4-0-14-0
RT Ponting    91* (144b 10x4)      R Ashwin    19-4-58-2

Virat Kohli has been given the ball. Medium-pace from over the wicket. The keeper is standing up to the stumps.

57.1

Kohli to Clarke, no run, played off the back foot towards the leg side

Clarke's got something in his eye. He's ready to resume after a brief interruption.

57.2

Kohli to Clarke, no run, good length at gentle pace, pushed on to the off side

57.3

Kohli to Clarke, no run, a full toss outside off stump, Clarke drives firmly towards cover where the fielder leaps to his right and brings the ball down, it's Rahane the sub, who's on the field for Dravid

57.4

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

57.5

Kohli to Clarke, 3 runs, hang on, I think the Indians have appealed for Clarke obstructing the field as he went for a quick single. According to the new laws, a batsman can be given out for changing course during a run and blocking a throw. But Clarke wasn't changing course this time. He was running in a pretty straight line and just sliding his bat in. He wasn't even looking at the ball as Ashwin's throw from square leg bounced off his bat. A ridiculous appeal, a desperate appeal. Clarke takes runs for the ricochet off the bat. That's within the rules - to run for a ricochet - though in the spirit of cricket it's not usually done.

57.6

Kohli to Ponting, no run, played off the front foot towards mid-on, and it's time for tea

3.15 pm There's little doubt about whose session that was. Australia scored 116 runs between lunch and tea for the loss of no wickets. India barely created a chance. With the exception of Ishant, the bowlers who had been disciplined in the morning session, wavered in the afternoon against purposeful batting. Ashwin, in particular, was subjected to a thorough examination by Clarke and Ponting.

Some feedback coming in that Clarke changed his course from the off side to the leg side while running that single. He may have, but I think that might have been (I'll have to see a replay) well before Ashwin even picked up the ball. So the argument that he obstructed the throw is rather tenuous.

End of over 58 (3 runs) Australia 214/3
RT Ponting    91* (145b 10x4)      V Kohli    1-0-3-0
MJ Clarke    71* (105b 12x4)      V Sehwag    4-0-14-0

Play about to begin in the final session of the day. Sehwag to bowl the first over.

58.1

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, played off the front foot back towards the bowler, Sehwag sticks his boot out to stop it

58.2

Sehwag to Clarke, SIX, he's cleared the straight boundary at the Adelaide Oval, which is no easy feat! He charged Sehwag, got to the pitch of the ball and swung hard, beginning the session with ominous intent

58.3

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

58.4

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, mid-on is now deep so Clarke taps it along the ground for a single

58.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, driven off the front foot to cover

58.6

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

End of over 59 (7 runs) Australia 221/3
RT Ponting    91* (147b 10x4)      V Sehwag    5-0-21-0
MJ Clarke    78* (109b 12x4 1x6)      V Kohli    1-0-3-0

Zaheer Khan from the other end ... over the wicket.

59.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length in line with the stumps, defended from the crease on the off side

59.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

59.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, length ball pitching in line with off and slanting away from the right-hander, Clarke lets it go

59.4

Khan to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke jams down on a full ball and hits it into the ground, the bounce takes it over Zaheer, and Ashwin is far too slow to slide from mid-on and save runs

59.5

Khan to Clarke, 3 runs, full and straight, driven firmly past the bowler along the ground

59.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length and straight, defended from the crease on the off side

End of over 60 (5 runs) Australia 226/3
RT Ponting    91* (148b 10x4)      Z Khan    12-1-37-1
MJ Clarke    83* (114b 12x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    5-0-21-0

60.1

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out of his crease and flicks the ball off his pads through midwicket

60.2

Sehwag to Ponting, 2 runs, that's down leg side and Ponting paddles it around the corner

60.3

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, played to mid-off for a single

60.4

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke steps out to drive the ball towards mid-on, Sehwag moves to his right to try and field but bumps into Ponting

60.5

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, Sehwag bowls on leg stump from round the wicket, Ponting nudges through midwicket

60.6

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, Clarke goes right back and defends

End of over 61 (6 runs) Australia 232/3
MJ Clarke    85* (117b 12x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    6-0-27-0
RT Ponting    95* (151b 10x4)      Z Khan    12-1-37-1

61.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, Ponting's standing outside his crease and strides forward to defend towards cover

61.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, full ball wide outside off, Ponting reaches for it and plays the square drive in the air through point, there's a fielder in the deep

61.3

Khan to Clarke, 2 runs, the 150-run partnership is up, Clarke opens the face to steer the ball behind point, more work for Tendulkar

61.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

61.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length angling into the right-hander from round wicket, defended on the off side

61.6

Khan to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke walks forward and into the drive between mid-off and extra cover, he middles the length ball, though he hasn't timed it well enough to go for four

End of over 62 (5 runs) Australia 237/3
MJ Clarke    89* (121b 12x4 1x6)      Z Khan    13-1-42-1
RT Ponting    96* (153b 10x4)      V Sehwag    6-0-27-0

Sanjay: "My bet is a Clarke make a 100 before Ponting at this rate!"

62.1

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting steps out of his crease and plays the ball towards Sehwag

62.2

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot

62.3

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and plays the ball to Sehwag once again

62.4

Sehwag to Ponting, 2 runs, short ball and Ponting goes back to paddle the ball towards deep backward square, he moves to 98

62.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting steps out and defends back to the bowler

62.6

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting moves forward and drives towards wide mid-off for a single, he'll keep the strike

End of over 63 (3 runs) Australia 240/3
RT Ponting    99* (159b 10x4)      V Sehwag    7-0-30-0
MJ Clarke    89* (121b 12x4 1x6)      Z Khan    13-1-42-1

63.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, full ball angling into the right-hander from round the wicket, Ponting drives fluently off the front foot but Zaheer bends down and stops the ball

63.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, the applause builds up as Zaheer approaches the crease, Ponting strides forward and defends a good length ball to the bowler

63.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, Ponting moves forward and drives to the fielder at point, the Indians are in the circle saving the single now, no deep point

63.4

Khan to Ponting, 2 leg byes, Ponting runs as the ball goes behind square but he isn't celebrating because he knows it's gone off his thigh pad, Zaheer angled the ball into the right-hander and Ponting missed the glance

63.5

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, this time he celebrates! With a swing of the bat and a double fist pump. He's thrilled with century no. 41. He gets there by cutting a length ball through the gap between point and gully. The pressure he was under at the start of the series seems far, far away now.

63.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards point for a single

End of over 64 (7 runs) Australia 247/3
RT Ponting    104* (165b 11x4)      Z Khan    14-1-47-1
MJ Clarke    89* (121b 12x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    7-0-30-0

Madhu: "Ponting's century is his sixth in Adelaide equalling his century tally in Sydney. Bradman has the most centuries at a venue among Australian batsmen (9 in Melbourne)."

64.1

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

64.2

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, played towards square leg for a single

64.3

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, played off the pads towards square leg

64.4

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, Clarke moves forward and blocks

64.5

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps out and plays the ball to Sehwag

64.6

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, he stays back this time and works the ball off his pads to square leg

End of over 65 (1 run) Australia 248/3
MJ Clarke    89* (125b 12x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    8-0-31-0
RT Ponting    105* (167b 11x4)      Z Khan    14-1-47-1

Umesh Yadav is back for another spell ...

65.1

Yadav to Ponting, 2 runs, he begins with a full toss outside of stump, which Ponting drives through cover

65.2

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, lots of width outside off and the batsman uses it to square drive through point

65.3

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, too straight now, Clarke flicks the ball off his pads through square

65.4

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, that is brilliant, Ponting has waited for the length ball outside off, stayed low in his crease, and opened the face late to guide the ball between gully and point

65.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, this is quicker outside off stump, Ponting tries to drive on the up but the length isn't right for the shot, he gets beaten. There are no slips.

65.6

Yadav to Ponting, no run, good length outside off, left alone by the batsman

End of over 66 (8 runs) Australia 256/3
RT Ponting    112* (172b 12x4)      UT Yadav    10-0-75-0
MJ Clarke    90* (126b 12x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    8-0-31-0

66.1

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps out and drives to the fielder at cover

66.2

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side

66.3

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke stays in his crease and closes the face to play the ball from round the wicket towards square

66.4

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

66.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward and blocks towards midwicket

66.6

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, driven on the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 67 (1 run) Australia 257/3
RT Ponting    112* (175b 12x4)      V Sehwag    9-0-32-0
MJ Clarke    91* (129b 12x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    10-0-75-0

67.1

Yadav to Clarke, no run, splendid effort from Kohli, dives to his left at cover to stop a blistering drive from Clarke with one hand

67.2

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, that's short and wide outside off stump, Clarke stands tall and cuts the ball through point, Tendulkar is on the boundary

67.3

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, Ponting pulls towards deep backward square where Ishant fumbles, tumbles and then hobbles after throwing the ball back to the keeper, he held his hamstring briefly.

67.4

Yadav to Clarke, FOUR, that's a long hop and Clarke slaps it off the front foot over midwicket for four more, terrible length on a flat pitch

67.5

Yadav to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke's got to his century as well, off goes the helmet and he kisses the crest. A wonderful, momentum-wresting innings from the captain. He got to his century by steering the ball to the third-man boundary

67.6

Yadav to Clarke, 4 leg byes, Yadav has produced a vicious delivery out of nowhere. He banged it in short at impressive speed and Clarke did not get out of the way, it clipped him on the helmet by the looks of it and went past the keeper to the boundary

End of over 68 (14 runs) Australia 271/3
MJ Clarke    100* (134b 14x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    11-0-85-0
RT Ponting    113* (176b 12x4)      V Sehwag    9-0-32-0

68.1

Sehwag to Ponting, 2 runs, leg-stump line and Ponting paddles it towards fine leg

68.2

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

68.3

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended back to the bowler from the crease

68.4

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

68.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, tossed up outside off stump, Ponting uses the width to drive to cover

68.6

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single to end the over

End of over 69 (3 runs) Australia 274/3
RT Ponting    116* (182b 12x4)      V Sehwag    10-0-35-0
MJ Clarke    100* (134b 14x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    11-0-85-0

Brendan: "Ponting and Clarke should really try and cash in here by both posting scores of 150+. The Indians are mentally fragile and easy pickings."

69.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, played towards mid-on

Nicko: "Is Ashwin injured? Why on earth would Sehway bowl himself and not the frontline spinner?" Not injured to my knowledge.

69.2

Yadav to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Ponting moves back and punches to the fielder at cover

69.3

Yadav to Ponting, no run, defended on the back foot towards point

69.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Ponting moves back and across to play towards cover

69.5

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, a full and fast delivery, Ponting stayed in his crease and tried to force it on the leg side, he gets a thick inside edge behind square

69.6

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, a short ball to Clarke, who swivels and pulls along the ground in front of square

End of over 70 (2 runs) Australia 276/3
MJ Clarke    101* (135b 14x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    12-0-87-0
RT Ponting    117* (187b 12x4)      V Sehwag    10-0-35-0

Abhay: "Brendan, more than mentally, they are physically fragile. 70 overs chasing leather, is a bit too much. When a nearly 40 year Tendulkar is more agile than a 20 something Ashwin, it tells it's own story..."

Sehwag's decided to take himself off after a rather long spell from a part-timer. Ishant replaces him, bowling from over the wicket. No slips, but two short midwickets in place.

70.1

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, that's a poor line when both your catchers are close on the leg side. Short and wide outside off, Clarke flays at it and cuts to the boundary

70.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, better line and length, straighter and swinging into the right-hander, Clarke gets an inside edge on to the pad

70.3

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, short and wide again, Clarke helps himself to another four with a cut to the backward point boundary, these two have now added 200

70.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, fuller and straighter, Clarke plays the ball on the leg side

70.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, the ball comes into Clarke from a good length around off stump, he moves forward and pushes to one of those two fielders at short midwicket

70.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, Ishant appeals for lbw after Clarke gets hit on the pad by one that pitches around off and jags into the right-hander, the impact was too high and the ball would have missed leg stump. Clarke was trying to work the ball towards square but missed

End of over 71 (8 runs) Australia 284/3
MJ Clarke    109* (141b 16x4 1x6)      I Sharma    15-4-43-0
RT Ponting    117* (187b 12x4)      UT Yadav    12-0-87-0

Ashwin's beginning another spell, from over the wicket.

71.1

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

Pete: "Forecast is looking good, 35C tomorrow for the remainder of the Aus innings, and then cooling down to 29 on Thursday when we take the field."

71.2

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

71.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting tries to force the ball on the off side but mis-times it

71.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, tossed up outside off, Ponting reaches for it on the front foot and drives to cover

71.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, straighter line on middle stump, Ponting moves across his crease and nudges to the leg side

71.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, too straight this time, Ponting works the ball through square leg

End of over 72 (1 run) Australia 285/3
RT Ponting    118* (193b 12x4)      R Ashwin    20-4-59-2
MJ Clarke    109* (141b 16x4 1x6)      I Sharma    15-4-43-0

72.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ishant pitches on a length and moves the ball into Ponting, who moves across his crease and defends

72.2

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

72.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves forward to defend a good length ball that angles towards off stump

72.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, length ball wide outside off, Ponting lets it go

Ankan: "I would like to say thank you to BCCI and IPL. Because of you, our players have lost the skill to bat longer than 10 overs, bowl more than 4 overs, and field more than 20. Result? Our agony is over in 2-3 days. Thank You!!!" The IPL has its demerits but to blame it entirely for India's results is inaccurate.

72.5

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, a full ball on the pads, clipped towards deep square leg

72.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman. Time for a drinks break.

End of over 73 (2 runs) Australia 287/3
RT Ponting    120* (199b 12x4)      I Sharma    16-4-45-0
MJ Clarke    109* (141b 16x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    20-4-59-2

73.1

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, the batsman steps out and plays the ball back to the bowler

73.2

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg for a single

73.3

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

73.4

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Ponting reaches for the ball and drags it toward wide long-on with a slog-sweep

73.5

Ashwin to Clarke, 3 runs, Clarke gives Tendulkar some running to do by steering the ball towards square third man, Tendulkar has to run from deep point

73.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 74 (5 runs) Australia 292/3
RT Ponting    121* (202b 12x4)      R Ashwin    21-4-64-2
MJ Clarke    113* (144b 16x4 1x6)      I Sharma    16-4-45-0

Amar: "It's hilarious when people blame the IPL for this debacle. India's ascent to #1 was made AFTER the IPL started, and besides, most of the players in this side (especially the batsmen), were established far before the IPL. So get off the IPL blame train, and accept that this team simply isn't quality abroad."

74.1

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Clarke mis-times the cut towards point, bottom-edged it into the ground

74.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, Ponting plays the ball towards point

74.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, Ishant angles a good length ball into Ponting, who stays in his crease and plays towards midwicket

74.4

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

There is almost zero intensity from India in the field.

74.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, length ball outside off, Ponting plays the cover drive but can't pierce the infield

74.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, good length outside off stump, punched to cover

End of over 75 (1 run) Australia 293/3
RT Ponting    121* (207b 12x4)      I Sharma    17-4-46-0
MJ Clarke    114* (145b 16x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    21-4-64-2

75.1

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, width outside off stump and Clarke collects four more with a whiplash of a cut through backward point

Iain: "One wonders how much of India's demise since the loss of Gary Kirsten is as a result of the loss of Gary Kirsten?"

75.2

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

75.3

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves back and cuts the ball from off stump in front of point

75.4

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

75.5

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

75.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets behind the line and blocks

End of over 76 (5 runs) Australia 298/3
RT Ponting    121* (210b 12x4)      R Ashwin    22-4-69-2
MJ Clarke    119* (148b 17x4 1x6)      I Sharma    17-4-46-0

George H: "Interesting to note that Pontings career test average has now clicked over to 53.00, a truer indication of a batsmen of his calibre, and I'm sure he can get closer to Tendulkar's avg, and Clarke's is now approaching 50.00."

76.1

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, defended on the front foot on the off side

76.2

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

76.3

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, played back to the bowler off the back foot

76.4

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting steps out and drives to long on to take Australia to 300

76.5

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke and Ponting stroll a single after the ball is pushed to long-on

76.6

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, short ball down leg side, Ponting goes back and pulls to deep backward square leg

End of over 77 (4 runs) Australia 302/3
RT Ponting    123* (214b 12x4)      V Sehwag    11-0-39-0
MJ Clarke    121* (150b 17x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    22-4-69-2

77.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, driven past the bowler towards mid-off

77.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, tossed up outside off stump, driven towards cover

77.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, tossed up on off and middle, driven back to the bowler

77.4

Ashwin to Ponting, FOUR, tossed up outside off, Ponting takes Ashwin on and lofts through the line, clearing the fielder at mid-off and timing the ball well enough to reach the boundary

77.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, pushed to mid-off on the front foot

77.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, pushed off the back foot towards cover

End of over 78 (4 runs) Australia 306/3
RT Ponting    127* (220b 13x4)      R Ashwin    23-4-73-2
MJ Clarke    121* (150b 17x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    11-0-39-0

78.1

Sehwag to Clarke, FOUR, this time Clarke goes over mid-off, lofting the ball inside out after stepping out of his crease and making room by moving towards leg

78.2

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, played off the pads through midwicket

78.3

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

78.4

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

78.5

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

78.6

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, played through midwicket for a single to end the over

End of over 79 (6 runs) Australia 312/3
RT Ponting    128* (224b 13x4)      V Sehwag    12-0-45-0
MJ Clarke    126* (152b 18x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    23-4-73-2

79.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, played off the back foot through square leg

79.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, Clarke stays in his crease and defends to the bowler

79.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, defended on the back foot once again

79.4

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg, the line is too straight, but when he's on off, Clarke cuts him well

79.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, driven to mid-off for a single

79.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, driven to cover off the front foot

The second new ball is now available if India want it.

End of over 80 (3 runs) Australia 315/3
MJ Clarke    127* (156b 18x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    24-4-76-2
RT Ponting    130* (226b 13x4)      V Sehwag    12-0-45-0

They haven't taken the new ball.

80.1

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended on the front foot to the bowler, who's operating from round the wicket

80.2

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

80.3

Sehwag to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting goes back and hits the ball through cover point

80.4

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, played to long on for a single

80.5

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, short ball and Clarke pulls towards deep backward square leg, where Zaheer fields

80.6

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 81 (4 runs) Australia 319/3
RT Ponting    133* (231b 13x4)      V Sehwag    13-0-49-0
MJ Clarke    128* (157b 18x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    24-4-76-2

Well if India don't take the second new ball, they are just playing for stumps, waiting for the day's misery to end, rather than try and do something about it.

81.1

Ashwin to Clarke, 2 runs, Clarke steps out to Ashwin and lofts him back over his head, Gambhir runs to his left from long-on to field

81.2

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards point for a single

81.3

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

81.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, worked off the pads towards midwicket

81.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, pushed off the back foot towards point

81.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, the line is straight and the batsman works it off his pads to deep square leg

End of over 82 (4 runs) Australia 323/3
RT Ponting    134* (235b 13x4)      R Ashwin    25-4-80-2
MJ Clarke    131* (159b 18x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    13-0-49-0

Zaheer's back, but I think he's bowling with the old ball.

82.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, strays down leg side and Saha dives to his left to collect

82.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, pushed off the front foot to mid-on

82.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, good length angling into the right-hander from round the wicket, defended on the off side

82.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and shoulders arms to one outside off stump

82.5

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

Amrit: "Very happy to see Wriddhi getting a test match. Pity he hasn't been kept for the ODIs. How has Saha's keeping been today?" His keeping has been good, no gaffes.

82.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting lets a wide ball go outside off stump

End of over 83 (maiden) Australia 323/3
RT Ponting    134* (241b 13x4)      Z Khan    15-2-47-1
MJ Clarke    131* (159b 18x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    25-4-80-2

Kushal: "The captain has changed but the attitude has not. The laid back lazy attitude of waiting for a wicket or a mistake to happen and doing nothing about it still remains."

83.1

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

83.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, worked off the pads towards midwicket

83.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run

83.4

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke moves back again and nudges behind square for a single

83.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, blocked on the front foot towards the bowler

83.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Saha moves nimbly down leg side to collect one from Ashwin that spins down leg

Mithun: "Talking about Saha's keeping, I wonder how many chances did Aussie batsmen give to test Saha's keeping ability ..." He's had a few dives to make down leg side.

End of over 84 (1 run) Australia 324/3
RT Ponting    134* (243b 13x4)      R Ashwin    26-4-81-2
MJ Clarke    132* (163b 18x4 1x6)      Z Khan    15-2-47-1

84.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length angling into the right-hander, Clarke plays towards midwicket

Tim: "I recall many years ago Henry Blofeld describing the Adelaide oval as "a place where the sun is always shining, and the score is always 320 for 3." Still an accurate observation..."

84.2

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, Clarke reaches for a length ball outside off and drives through point

84.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting moves across his stumps to cover for the swing into him and defends on the off side

84.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, Zaheer bowls a full toss at thigh high from over the wicket, Ponting safely plays it on the leg side

84.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and defends a good length ball towards cover

84.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, Ponting strides forward and shoulders arms to let the ball go outside off

End of over 85 (1 run) Australia 325/3
RT Ponting    134* (247b 13x4)      Z Khan    16-2-48-1
MJ Clarke    133* (165b 18x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    26-4-81-2

Ishant Sharma for one last spell on day one ... There's one slip catcher in place, at about two and a half slips.

85.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off stump, punched off the back foot towards cover

Ah, the new ball has been taken. What can Ishant do with it?

85.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, fullish delivery outside off stump, Clarke drives off the front foot to mid-off

85.3

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, dropped! Despair on the faces of Indian players as Laxman lunges to his right with one hand but can't hold on. Clarke drove away from his body at a length ball and edged it. The ball flew quickly to Laxman's right and it was quite wide of him as well. He dived, got a hand to it, but the ball went off it to the boundary. Difficult chance, and one that is harder to take when the intensity in the field has been so low.

85.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, full ball driven firmly towards the bowler who gets a hand on it

85.5

Sharma to Clarke, no run, defended on the off side

85.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length delivery angling into the right-hander, Clarke gets behind the line and blocks

End of over 86 (4 runs) Australia 329/3
MJ Clarke    137* (171b 19x4 1x6)      I Sharma    18-4-50-0
RT Ponting    134* (247b 13x4)      Z Khan    16-2-48-1

Well the chance came with the new ball, but Laxman couldn't take it.

86.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run

86.2

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

86.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, down leg side and Clarke misses the glance

86.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, edged again but it does not carry! Clarke poked tentatively as the ball angled across him and Saha dived full length to catch the ball in front of first slip. It had bounced well short of the glove though. A fine take from the keeper.

86.5

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

86.6

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Clarke plays it to third man with an open face

End of over 87 (2 runs) Australia 331/3
MJ Clarke    138* (176b 19x4 1x6)      Z Khan    17-2-50-1
RT Ponting    135* (248b 13x4)      I Sharma    18-4-50-0

87.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off stump, Clarke lets it go through to Saha

87.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, full length on off and middle, played back to the bowler from the crease

87.3

Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, Clarke stays in his crease and tries to drive on the off side but gets beaten

87.4

Sharma to Clarke, no run, short ball outside off, Clarke sways out of the way as it climbs past him

abhinav: "Nothing can save this Indian team now, even a change of captain is no use. No third slip with a new ball just tells the whole story. India are now just waiting for Australian declaration and nothing else."

87.5

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

87.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, Clarke stays in his crease and pushes a full ball towards mid-on

Sushant: "@Kushal: The same wait and watch tactics work against India though. That's what Aus have been doing, bowl in the right areas and we play into them."

End of over 88 (maiden) Australia 331/3
MJ Clarke    138* (182b 19x4 1x6)      I Sharma    19-5-50-0
RT Ponting    135* (248b 13x4)      Z Khan    17-2-50-1

88.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, pitches on a good length around off and slants away, Ponting strides forward and shoulders arms

88.2

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

88.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

88.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, full ball outside off, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

88.5

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, played off the back foot with an open face behind point

Shan: "A shout-out to Benji for rightly predicting this pair to stay not-out till stumps."

88.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, left alone safely outside off stump ... only one more over left in the day.

End of over 89 (2 runs) Australia 333/3
RT Ponting    136* (252b 13x4)      Z Khan    18-2-52-1
MJ Clarke    139* (184b 19x4 1x6)      I Sharma    19-5-50-0

89.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, length ball outside off, Clarke tries to force it through the off side but bottom edges it into the ground, maybe tried to hit that a bit too hard

89.2

Sharma to Clarke, no run, good length outside off at 142 kph, Clarke lets it go

89.3

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, length delivery outside off, Clarke brings up the 250-run partnership with a steer to point

89.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, short ball outside off, Ponting drops his wrists and lets it pass

Andrew: "Lets give Shewag some credit - the over rate's been good, only 10 mins over for the day!"

89.5

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, Ponting flicks through midwicket ...

Arnold: "A shout out to Shan for trying one last jinx attempt!"

89.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, a loud shout of "No," from Clarke who plays a solid forward defence towards mid-off to end a superb day for his team

5.45 pm: Australia have had a near-perfect day after winning the toss on a hot day in Adelaide. They had a top-order hiccup but ever since Ponting and Clarke began their partnership shortly before lunch, they've been in control. It's difficult to describe how listless India were in the second and third session. There was almost nothing from them in terms of intensity and intent. They were as responsive as a punching bag.

This match seems to be following Sydney's script. The Ponting-Clarke partnership is now 251 at just under four runs an over. I'm not sure how India will avoid more punishment tomorrow.

Have a read of Brydon Coverdale's bulletin, it's just been updated. That's it from us at ESPNcricinfo today, be sure to read our end-of-day package that will be up in a couple of hours. Thank you for all your emails. Cheers.

End of over 90 (2 runs) Australia 335/3
MJ Clarke    140* (188b 19x4 1x6)      I Sharma    20-5-52-0
RT Ponting    137* (254b 13x4)      Z Khan    18-2-52-1

All set for the start of the second day's play then. Zaheer Khan has the newish ball

Joel: "News from the middle is that India have just declared the bowling." Ha

10.15 am Wasim Akram says on air that the pitch looks even better for batting today compared to yesterday.

Hayden: "Australia Day Sale! Australia Day Sale! Come get your bargain at Adelaide Oval! 335 runs for just three wickets. I repeat, 335 runs for just three wickets. In fact, if you come in later today, then we will double it - that's right, that's 670 runs for just 3 wickets."

Feedback of the morning so far, from Vaidya: "India are getting their succession planning going. Ashwin's going to be the man who helms bad-day press conferences after Dravid."

Tony: "Punter is good, but in the last 50 years Greg Chappell was Australia's best - style personified. No helmets, yet he took it to Andy Roberts, Mike Holding et al. Greg and Viv were the best I saw in my 52 years on this planet. For sheer guts, Allan Border. Excitement? Gilly." And Mark Waugh for elegance

Ben: "I must say, Sourav Ganguly was not perfect, but when he was captain, there would never have been an Indian player saying "Oh well, doesn't matter how badly we get thrashed, we can beat them at home"."

Pranay: "Clarke is quickly ticking off the checklist of statisitcs that seem to define great batsmen. He has a triple, now just needs to lift his average above 50 and stats will trully show what a complete player he has become."

Christian: "How long will it take until India is only invited for a Test series so that home batsmen can increase their test averages?"

Damo: "After day 1 is there any more proof needed that Australia should have played 5 bowlers and dropped Marsh. Australia never needed 6 batsman to bat twice on this pitch but will need extra bowling power to bowl out India twice."

Adesh: "Dreading getting up to see the score...Aus 600-3.. MJ Clarke 319* .. Where's the fun in a test match involving india any more???"

Sancho: "The worst thing for India would be if Laxman, Sehwag and Gambhir managed to hit centuries and they can kick down the road the hard decision of who to drop for the future."

wOl: "Is it just me, or do India trot out Ashwin to cop the journalists flak more than his fair share? It seems to be a case of throwing a sacrificial lamb to the wolves."

10.00 am The Adelaide Oval is bathed in bright sunshine. Lovely sight

adi: "I am not sure what is R Ashwin trying to say ... it sounds like, think what ever you want soon we will play at home and win, We make too much money to be bother about fans. Well how can you be not under pressure or embarrassed ...????" You have a point there, adi. You get the feeling that there is a bit of blase smugness around

Govind: "Why would anyone want to start playing their natural game only on the 2nd day of the 4th and final test of the series while being 3-0 down? Can't they do it a bit early, say, the first test?"

smudgeon: "Ashwin deserves some sort of special Oscar for Most Optimistically Deluded Comments In A Press Conference. Ishant just needs some luck...India can play carefree because they've already lost the series...man oh man! Australia have already won the series, yet they haven't taken their foot off the pedal for a second. Says everything." Bang on, mate

Rajeev: "Today and tomorrow will be seismic for Indian cricket - not because of a chance for India to win. Our batsmen's challenge now is to standup and ground the Aussie attack to dust no matter the Australian score (whether they score 400, 500 or 600). If Indians can bat for hours together and couple of them score big hundreds they would have at least salvaged something out of the massacre. If they put up another sorry show of batting then it would be disgraceful. Just play for the love of the game and show the passion to score."

Adam: "Another torturous day. No, I'm not an Indian supporter, but I'm stuck at the office instead of at the game. The true torture comes whenever I walk the corridors and see the Adelaide Oval in the view from the windows."

Sam: "Fair to say Punter is Australia's 2nd greatest batsman ever behind only Sir Don." Don't think there has been any doubt about that for quite some time now

9.45 am Welcome to the second morning in Adelaide. As has been the pattern throughout this series of four Tests, Australia are absolutely on top of India, who have had nothing going for them.

This is what R Ashwin had to say after the end of the play yesterday: "I think we have nothing to lose at this point of time. We are 3-0 down. I think it gives us a bit of license to be very carefree about it, and go out and play the natural game." Well, whatever, as long as they can turn up for once in this woefully one-sided series

Ashwin also went on to say this: "Two teams play; one has to lose. It's fine. Nobody is embarrassed in the dressing room." You can interpret that as you wish. You can say that India are not putting themselves under any additional pressure in their hopeless situation, or you can say that they are not hurting as much as any self-respecting former No. 1 side should. I would say its more of the latter, at any rate, this side does not seem to me to 'hurt' as much as the side under Sourav Ganguly used to, or maybe I feel that is so because I have a soft corner for that India side of the early 2000s.

90.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, gentle length ball that darts across the right-hander who lets it go harmlessly

90.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, good delivery, holding its line on middle and leg from a length, he gets bat around the front pad and nudges on the leg side

90.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, this one carries on across Ponting about a foot outside off, left alone with that flourish

90.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, another one that holds its line on middle stump, Ponting is coming forward and has to adjust to push it down the pitch

90.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, he is alternating between the ones that angle across and the ones that come in, this one is the former, left alone

90.6

Khan to Ponting, 2 runs, tries to end with one coming in, it is a touch fuller though and is taken for runs through midwicket with a neat clip

End of over 91 (2 runs) Australia 337/3
RT Ponting    139* (260b 13x4)      Z Khan    19-2-54-1
MJ Clarke    140* (188b 19x4 1x6)      I Sharma    20-5-52-0

Niraj: "These are the times when (everyone is poking fun at how bad you are) the stage is set for a heroic performance. Will we see a heroic performace from someone in India today?"

Ishant from the other end, to three slips

91.1

Sharma to Clarke, no run, starts off with a good delivery that comes back in from outside off stump, pitched around short of a length, Clarke lets it go

91.2

Sharma to Clarke, FOUR, that will be the first four of the day, Ishant tries to go fuller, but ends up pitching it on leg stump, with all that angle, Clarke just needs to send it on its way in front of square leg

91.3

Sharma to Clarke, 3 runs, solid! boy, that was as solid as they come, Ishant pitching on a good length, nowhere close to driving length, but Clarke motions forward as if it is a half volley and pings the gap between extra cover and mid off

Krishnan: "Sehwag is getting 5 wickets. Ashwin gets 3. Zaheer gets 2. Sehwag gets 200 in 134 balls, Gambhir 81 not out. And then the Alarm went off. Peaceful Tea time here in California. 4 pm and the power nap are spoiled. For once.. can I not have a peaceful dream? Please?"

91.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, some movement away from the right-hander, but too late, almost as the ball reached the keeper, left alone

91.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, that's the delivery, Ishant gets the outside edge, this is the unlucky Ishant though, the edge flies between slips and gully, he made Ponting come forward, and the ball held its line from a good length to take the edge

91.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, and then he digs it in short, and Ponting lays into the pull, hits it straight to square leg

End of over 92 (11 runs) Australia 348/3
RT Ponting    143* (263b 14x4)      I Sharma    21-5-63-0
MJ Clarke    147* (191b 20x4 1x6)      Z Khan    19-2-54-1

92.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, tries to drive off the front foot but ends up hitting the angled ball off the inner half of the blade back to Zaheer

92.2

Khan to Clarke, FOUR, wider, fuller, and Clarke will get to 150 with a busy little front foot stride and a crisp cover drive, raises his bat to the applause

92.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, slightly closer and on a good length too, so he leaves

Amit: "@Niraj: The only heroic performance that you will see is from the Indian fans who are all tuned up to cricinfo and expecting a miracle. In spite of being 3-0 down and a very bad 1st day, the Indian fans are truely heroic to still be optimistic and watch the ball-by-ball coverage. Any other fan would have switched off the browser by now."

92.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, similar delivery, a touch fuller maybe, he cover the line of off and lets it go

92.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, mistimes the front foot drive again, this time towards mid off, immediately goes 'wait'

92.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, gets front leg across and pushes the length delivery with a straight bat towards mid on, nothing happening with the ball for India, absolute dead-flat pitch this at the moment

End of over 93 (4 runs) Australia 352/3
MJ Clarke    151* (197b 21x4 1x6)      Z Khan    20-2-58-1
RT Ponting    143* (263b 14x4)      I Sharma    21-5-63-0

93.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, bounce for Ishant but a touch wide outside off, and it is left alone

93.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, motions well forward and smothers the pitched up ball towards cover

93.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, solidly forward again and pushes firmly to extra cover

Robe: "@Amit, I watched almost every ball of the Ashes series, and I know a lot of others that did."

93.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, well bowled, angles it in fuller, Ponting is slightly opened up as he runs it towards cover

93.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, banged in short, but some way outside off stump, it sits up and loops towards the keeper, Ponting lets it go

93.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, coming in a tad from a good length, but starts far enough outside off to be left alone

End of over 94 (maiden) Australia 352/3
RT Ponting    143* (269b 14x4)      I Sharma    22-6-63-0
MJ Clarke    151* (197b 21x4 1x6)      Z Khan    20-2-58-1

94.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, carries gently across the right hander from a length, he lets it go

94.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, this one held its line a shade, but it pitched around off and he could let it go with the angle

94.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, good length on middle this time, Clarke pushes it down the track

94.4

Khan to Clarke, FOUR, shot! he gets the length for the drive, pitched up from Zaheer around off, Clarke gets the front foot out and goes through with the drive, sending the ball racing past Ponting

94.5

Khan to Clarke, no run, shifts the length back a little, and Clarke moves across to block

94.6

Khan to Clarke, no run, pushed away towards extra cover firmly, the ball is coming on neatly

End of over 95 (4 runs) Australia 356/3
MJ Clarke    155* (203b 22x4 1x6)      Z Khan    21-2-62-1
RT Ponting    143* (269b 14x4)      I Sharma    22-6-63-0

95.1

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, crack! he pulls, he pulls from a mile outside off stump, Ishant digs it in too short and Ponting sends it on its way through midwicket off the middle of the bat

95.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, shortish again, but straighter and he lets it go

95.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, gets the stride forward and drives the pitched up delivery to mid off

Craig: "It is sad to see a return in Adelaide to a flat track after 3 juicy test match decks. Save them for 20-20."

95.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, too wide, way too wide outside the off stump

Rohan: "Surprised the Indians didn't pick Ojha for this test, considering the pitch, the weather & the comfort with which the Aussies seem to play the Indian pacemen on a flat wicket."

95.5

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, gets better and better for Ponting, Ishant gives him the full delivery just around off and Ponting gets to a warmly applauded 150 with the perfect straight drive past the non-striker's stumps

just the two slips now

95.6

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, slapped away to sweeper cover for a single

End of over 96 (9 runs) Australia 365/3
RT Ponting    152* (275b 16x4)      I Sharma    23-6-72-0
MJ Clarke    155* (203b 22x4 1x6)      Z Khan    21-2-62-1

96.1

Khan to Ponting, FOUR, short, down the leg side, and Ponting helps him to another four, swivelling and helping it down to fine leg

96.2

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, pitched up, and has him tentatively stabbing it square on the leg side

96.3

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, runs flowing in a flood at the moment, Clarke gets forward to a widish one and slaps it wide of extra cover, mid off tidies up

Around the stumps now

96.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, angles it in from a good length, left alone

millsy: "@ Craig - disagree, that is what has been great about this summers cricket. Each pitch so far has been unique. A bit of green at SCG, bounce at the WACA and spicey pitch at the GABBA. We need variation...not more of the same."

96.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, decent line, coming in with the angle and wasn't far from off stump as Ponting shouldered arms

96.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, a tad shorter and wider outside off stump, he leaves it alone again

End of over 97 (6 runs) Australia 371/3
RT Ponting    157* (280b 17x4)      Z Khan    22-2-68-1
MJ Clarke    156* (204b 22x4 1x6)      I Sharma    23-6-72-0

Here is Umesh Yadav, he went for plenty yesterday

97.1

Yadav to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off, punched solidly to extra cover

97.2

Yadav to Clarke, 3 runs, he pitches it up towards the stumps, and Clarke takes a step out and lifts him without fuss in the air and down the ground, some stroke, that

97.3

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, towards the pads from short of a length and nudged square

97.4

Yadav to Clarke, no run, Umesh gets it right this time, pitches on a good length just outside off, pushed away towards extra cover

97.5

Yadav to Clarke, no run, rare play and miss from Clarke, Umesh bowled it fuller for the drive, Clarke looked to smack him out of the ground, but missed

97.6

Yadav to Clarke, 3 leg byes, and he wastes a couple of decent deliveries with one full on the pads, helped fine past the keeper

End of over 98 (7 runs) Australia 378/3
MJ Clarke    159* (209b 22x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    13-0-91-0
RT Ponting    158* (281b 17x4)      Z Khan    22-2-68-1

98.1

Khan to Clarke, 3 runs, more runs, Clarke has been driving superbly all morning, and goes past extra cover, Ishant puts in an awkward slide near the rope to haul it back in, bangs his knee into the turf

around the stumps

98.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off

98.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, gets far across to defend this length ball coming in with the angle, hit on the pad

98.4

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, short ball angled in, pulled neatly down to fine leg

over the stumps to Clarke

98.5

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, calmly guides the length ball with the angle towards cover for one

Short cover has come in, only a widish slip now

98.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, half an appeal for caught behind as he comes well forward to one coming in from around the stumps, the ball whizzes between bat and pad, seemed to brush the latter

End of over 99 (5 runs) Australia 383/3
RT Ponting    159* (285b 17x4)      Z Khan    23-2-73-1
MJ Clarke    163* (211b 22x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    13-0-91-0

99.1

Yadav to Clarke, no run, back of a length ball defended tightly from the crease

99.2

Yadav to Clarke, no run, digs it in short of a length again, played towards mid on

99.3

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, some away movement for Yadav as he pitches it up wide and slow outside off, Clarke reaches out and pats it away to deep point to bring up the 300 stand between him and Ponting, 300, wow

99.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run

99.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, length ball left alone as it goes straight three feet outside off

99.6

Yadav to Ponting, no run, fuller delivery on the stumps, well played in the end, as he pushes it down the track

End of over 100 (1 run) Australia 384/3
RT Ponting    159* (288b 17x4)      UT Yadav    14-0-92-0
MJ Clarke    164* (214b 22x4 1x6)      Z Khan    23-2-73-1
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Series Results
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
Australia v India at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2011
Australia won by 122 runs
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