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

100.1

Khan to Clarke, no run, goes for the cut to one that does not afford him the required width and misses

100.2

Khan to Clarke, no run, shortish delivery loops off the thigh pad on the leg side, Ponting wants the run, Clarke sends him back

Persisting with a man at short cover

100.3

Khan to Clarke, no run, goes for the fullish one on middle, Clarke adjusts to push it softly to short cover

100.4

Khan to Clarke, no run, still fuller, and a touch slower, on leg stump, patted away towards midwicket

100.5

Khan to Clarke, 1 run, just back of a length, and he is able to work for the single to deep square

100.6

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, no square leg, and Ponting is able to go back and nudge towards that region for another single

End of over 101 (2 runs) Australia 386/3
RT Ponting    160* (289b 17x4)      Z Khan    24-2-75-1
MJ Clarke    165* (219b 22x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    14-0-92-0

101.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, good delivery, comes in just around off from a good length, Ponting is moving across and adjusts to stab it away

101.2

Yadav to Ponting, 3 runs, in the air, but right in the gap between midwicket and mid on, full on Ponting's pads and he flicks it elegantly, not holding back on the shot at all, which is why it went in the air

101.3

Yadav to Clarke, 2 runs, and out of nowhere, he produces a brute, lucky for Clarke that he survives, short of a length and in to the body, around chest height, got too quickly on to him, Clarke manages to fend, and the ball loops off the outside edge over gully

101.4

Yadav to Clarke, FOUR, another short ball dug in, and Clarke is hurried again, manages to get enough on an awkward pull to send it towards fine leg

101.5

Yadav to Clarke, no run, the pitched up ball to follow up, he is right on top as he drives to mid off

101.6

Yadav to Clarke, no run, intent in this over from Umesh, backed up by pace, as he rushes Clarke with another short ball, he lets it go through to the keeper in the end

End of over 102 (9 runs) Australia 395/3
MJ Clarke    171* (223b 23x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    15-0-101-0
RT Ponting    163* (291b 17x4)      Z Khan    24-2-75-1

Ashwin comes on

Clarke is stretching his back even as short leg puts on the shin pads

102.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, tossed up slowly, turned softly to midwicket

102.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, length ball, not much turn, some bounce though, punched to midwicket

102.3

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, slowly turns in from a length, pushed towards cover for one

102.4

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, mid on is deep, the single is on, and Clarke takes it with a firm straight push

102.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, appeal for caught behind down the leg side, full delivery turning down leg, Saha moves to his right and takes it neatly as Ponting misses, went off the pad

102.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, full ball pushed down the track

End of over 103 (2 runs) Australia 397/3
RT Ponting    164* (296b 17x4)      R Ashwin    27-4-83-2
MJ Clarke    172* (224b 23x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    15-0-101-0

103.1

Yadav to Clarke, 2 runs, another solid drive off the front foot, extra cover takes the pace off it with a dive

103.2

Yadav to Clarke, no run, length ball nudged on the leg side

103.3

Yadav to Clarke, no run, beats him for the second time this morning with a pitched up ball, Clarke goes for another big drive, and is beaten, decent pace

103.4

Yadav to Clarke, no run, pushed towards mid on

103.5

Yadav to Clarke, 1 run, the 400 is up as he drops a shortish one towards cover for a single

103.6

Yadav to Ponting, no run, defended off the front foot and that is another hour in the series to Australia as drinks come on

End of over 104 (3 runs) Australia 400/3
RT Ponting    164* (297b 17x4)      UT Yadav    16-0-104-0
MJ Clarke    175* (229b 23x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    27-4-83-2

Brad: "No one but the Aussie selectors are to be blamed for Marsh's nightmare at home. They rushed him to play the 1st test so soon after his return from back injury. Just 17 runs in 5 innings and he still enjoys their trust. Khawaja, Christian or even Dave Hussey would have been so much better at #6 but the selectors aren't ready to look past Marsh just yet."

Steve: "This is bringing back memories of the Hayden/Langer/Warne/McGrath era (which wasn't all that long ago mind you) where we would bludgeon opposition attacks and then the likes of McGrath, Warne and Gillespie would turn the screws on the opposition batters, will our attack be able to do the same when the Indians get their turn to bat?"

Ashwin has a slip, short leg and short mid on

104.1

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, turned to short leg

104.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, comes out of the crease as he sees some flight, but smothers it in the end as it dips on him

104.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, tossed up quicker and turning in, defended off the front foot

104.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, almost chopped on, sees the shortish length and looks to cut hard, but it hurries in, wasn't far from the stumps

104.5

Ashwin to Clarke, 2 runs, short from outside off and cut away to deep point

104.6

Ashwin to Clarke, 2 runs, shorter still and easily cut away off the back foot as he makes room

End of over 105 (4 runs) Australia 404/3
MJ Clarke    179* (235b 23x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    28-4-87-2
RT Ponting    164* (297b 17x4)      UT Yadav    16-0-104-0

105.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, reaches forward to a very low full toss, the ball rolls to mid on

rob: "Marsh will make way for Watsons return. Leave Cowen and Warner open, allows Watson to bowl more overs."

105.2

Yadav to Ponting, no run, turns a full delivery off the pad towards midwicket

105.3

Yadav to Ponting, no run, slower one at 122.5 kph, that sits up from back of a length wide outside off and dies on its way to Saha

105.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run, much better delivery, closer to off stump, on a good length, he takes a step across and lets it go

105.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, beaten on the cut by one that keeps low outside off, Ponting was through with the shot but the ball did not bounce as much as he expected and he ended up hopping in the air as he tried to belatedly adjust, hmm, that won't be good news for India

105.6

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, guides this one down to deep point

End of over 106 (1 run) Australia 405/3
RT Ponting    165* (303b 17x4)      UT Yadav    17-0-105-0
MJ Clarke    179* (235b 23x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    28-4-87-2

Ishant is back

106.1

Sharma to Ponting, 2 runs, another one that does not bounce as much outside off, this time he adjusts to guide it through point

Pete: "@Rob: I agree completely. Cowan has had mixed results so far, but definitely shown some promise. I think the combination of two big hitters (Warner and Watson) might not work as well as an accumulator / big hitter (Cowan and Warner)."

106.2

Sharma to Ponting, no run, defends a back of a length ball

106.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, goes to cut a very wide one, underedge goes on a couple of bounces to Saha, it came back in off the seam

106.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, this time he is watchful enough to go across and outside off and pat away a widish one on the off side

106.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, defends a length ball tightly, bat and pad together

106.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, way too wide outside off, they haven't strung a decent over together, mistimes it off the bottom end of the bat as he goes after it

End of over 107 (2 runs) Australia 407/3
RT Ponting    167* (309b 17x4)      I Sharma    24-6-74-0
MJ Clarke    179* (235b 23x4 1x6)      UT Yadav    17-0-105-0

John: "So when Watson comes back where does he fit in the order? Do we shuffle Ponting and Clarke back up and have Watson at 6?"

107.1

Ashwin to Clarke, 3 runs, outside edge, flies past slip, clarke not fully forward to a quick offbreak

107.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, slowish length ball turning in, worked square on the leg side

107.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, bounces from a good length, he defends it on the leg side

107.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, skips down the track and works it away with a flourish, Sehwag saves runs with a dive at midwicket

107.5

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, full one driven away to sweeper cover

107.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, turned past a diving short leg

End of over 108 (6 runs) Australia 413/3
RT Ponting    169* (311b 17x4)      R Ashwin    29-4-93-2
MJ Clarke    183* (239b 23x4 1x6)      I Sharma    24-6-74-0

Poppa: "No, Watto should bat at 5 and Huss should stay at 6 (he is so good at batting with the tail). Clarke should move up to 3 with Ponting at 4."

108.1

Sharma to Ponting, no run, gets across to a back of a length ball that is angled in, and drops it towards point

108.2

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, smack! he has been a touch wary of going for the full-blooded cut after some deliveries did not get up much, this one sat up from a length, and Ponting just slapped it without too much of a followthrough past extra cover

108.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, misses the flick off a helpful full delivery angled on the pads

108.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, full and slightly straighter on middle, pushed with a straight bat to mid on

108.5

Sharma to Ponting, no run, tries to angle it in from wide of the crease, it sits up from a length and is defended easily

108.6

Sharma to Ponting, FOUR, no hanging back on the cut this time, Ponting stays in the crease to a short of a length ball, wide outside off, and takes it for four with a cracking stroke, Gautam can't stop it with a big dive on the boundary

End of over 109 (8 runs) Australia 421/3
RT Ponting    177* (317b 19x4)      I Sharma    25-6-82-0
MJ Clarke    183* (239b 23x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    29-4-93-2

109.1

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, takes on the flighted ball, skips out and hammers it to the deep extra cover boundary

109.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, comes down the track again, Ashwin shortens it, and he nudges to short leg

109.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, pats back a tossed up full ball to the bowler

109.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, plays out a length ball turning in, towards midwicket

109.5

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, turning in from a good length, but slowly, and he has time to go back, make room and cut it away

109.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, pushed away on the leg side

End of over 110 (5 runs) Australia 426/3
RT Ponting    177* (318b 19x4)      R Ashwin    30-4-98-2
MJ Clarke    188* (244b 24x4 1x6)      I Sharma    25-6-82-0

We are informed on air that this is the highest stand at this ground now, mammoth

110.1

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

110.2

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, flicked off the pads to deep square leg

110.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, fine delivery, moves away after being angled in from short of a length, beating Ponting who has a push inside the line

110.4

Sharma to Ponting, no run, emphatic comeback from Ponting, comes forward and pings extra cover with a superbly timed drive

110.5

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, they take on mid off with a quick single, and do so quite comfortably as he loses his balance after picking up the ball

Sriram: "Dhoni will be a relieved man in the dressing room.. quietly happy with his one match ban!"

110.6

Sharma to Clarke, no run, defends one angled in on a fuller length

End of over 111 (2 runs) Australia 428/3
MJ Clarke    189* (247b 24x4 1x6)      I Sharma    26-6-84-0
RT Ponting    178* (321b 19x4)      R Ashwin    30-4-98-2

111.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 3 runs, thick outside edge rushes past slip as Ponting tries to flay a length delivery from the crease

111.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, down the track and pushes a full delivery back to the bowler

111.3

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, turns in but too short, and is cut away to sweeper cover

111.4

Ashwin to Ponting, FOUR, here comes Ponting, gets to the pitch of a flighted delivery and smacks it in the air, between the bowler and mid off

111.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, and Ashwin fires it in on the pads next ball, ho hum, and is taken through square leg

111.6

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, carrom ball, but way too short, easily slapped away through backward point

End of over 112 (13 runs) Australia 441/3
MJ Clarke    194* (250b 25x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    31-4-111-2
RT Ponting    186* (324b 20x4)      I Sharma    26-6-84-0

112.1

Sharma to Ponting, 3 runs, dropped, well, even Ishant cannot say that he is unlucky now, straight in and straight out of his hands as Ponting pushes a pitched up ball in the air back at him

112.2

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, off the inside edge towards midwicket as Clarke tries to drive off the front foot

112.3

Sharma to Ponting, no run, shuffles and defends a good length ball angled in

112.4

Sharma to Ponting, 1 run, smoothly driven off the front foot wide of mid off as Ishant pitches it up outside off

112.5

Sharma to Clarke, 1 run, moves to four short of a double hundred with a push towards deep point

112.6

Sharma to Ponting, no run, stays back, opens the face and finds gully with an open face

End of over 113 (6 runs) Australia 447/3
RT Ponting    190* (328b 20x4)      I Sharma    27-6-90-0
MJ Clarke    196* (252b 25x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    31-4-111-2

Stewart: "Has anyone in the history of Test cricket ever had a bigger increase in their personal output as a player upon taking up the captaincy than Clarke has? Quite astounding really. I may even find a way to like him a little soon at this rate!"

Ashwin around the stumps

113.1

Ashwin to Clarke, 2 runs, thick edge that earns him two as point is deep

113.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, moves across and defends back to Ashwin

113.3

Ashwin to Clarke, 2 runs, clipped through midwicket for another two and captain Michael Clarke continues to prosper, another double hundred, warm applause from the crowd, a raise of the bat from a pumped up Clarke, an embrace from his former captain, and he is back to business in his stance

113.4

Ashwin to Clarke, FOUR, celebrates the milestone with a superb stroke, takes on the flighted ball, gets front leg out of the way as he slips out and opens the face a shade to time the ball through extra cover, brilliant, just brilliant

113.5

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, pushed towards deep mid on off the front foot

113.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, another single to deep mid on, is there a contest on here, pinch me if there is

End of over 114 (10 runs) Australia 457/3
RT Ponting    191* (329b 20x4)      R Ashwin    32-4-121-2
MJ Clarke    205* (257b 26x4 1x6)      I Sharma    27-6-90-0

Meety: "@Stewart - what's there to dislike? He's a champ!"

sri: "Why doesn't Saha come on to bowl? Unless, of course, Sehwag is worried he would leak runs." Sehwag brings himself on, around the stumps

114.1

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, turned in front of square off the pad

114.2

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, down the track and pushes the full delivery to deep mid on

114.3

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, gets across to the pitch of one floated across and drives, but a dive at extra cover saves a few runs

114.4

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, pushed down the track

114.5

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, gets him to come out of the crease with more flight, not in control of the drive as he hits it straight to extra cover

114.6

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, flighted on leg, defended off the front foot

End of over 115 (1 run) Australia 458/3
MJ Clarke    205* (261b 26x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    14-0-50-0
RT Ponting    192* (331b 20x4)      R Ashwin    32-4-121-2

Cluckfuster: "What about poor Haddin sitting watching this? He will be itching to bat on this pitch and get the monkey off his back."

Leg slip in place

115.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, nudged in front of square off the pad

115.2

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, full one whipped off the pads to midwicket

115.3

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, way outside leg stump, nudged softly in front of square

Pat: "Sehwag should give the umpires an over or two before lunch!"

115.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, smothers this one around middle off the front foot

115.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, defended tightly off the front foot again

115.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, more flight on this one, smothered solidly down the pitch

End of over 116 (2 runs) Australia 460/3
RT Ponting    193* (335b 20x4)      R Ashwin    33-4-123-2
MJ Clarke    206* (263b 26x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    14-0-50-0

116.1

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, withdraws from the big slog sweep and adjusts to slap this one to midwicket

116.2

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, pulled towards square leg

116.3

Sehwag to Clarke, 1 run, down the track to the flighted one for one to long on

zenboomerang: "@Cluckfuster... think that monkey has turned into an elephant..."

116.4

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, misses the work as this one turns down leg from a length

116.5

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

116.6

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, worked off the pads past leg slip who must be wondering what he is there for, hardly anything has come his way

End of over 117 (2 runs) Australia 462/3
RT Ponting    194* (338b 20x4)      V Sehwag    15-0-52-0
MJ Clarke    207* (266b 26x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    33-4-123-2

117.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, pushes a tossed up ball back to the bowler

117.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, pitching outside leg stump and helped away to deep backward square

117.3

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, worked towards midwicket

117.4

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, whipped to square leg off the pad

117.5

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, full on leg stump, clipped to midwicket

117.6

Ashwin to Clarke, no run, flighted even more a foot outside leg, he comes out but misses the nudge, fortunately for him it bounds off the pad past leg slip

End of over 118 (1 run) Australia 463/3
MJ Clarke    207* (270b 26x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    34-4-124-2
RT Ponting    195* (340b 20x4)      V Sehwag    15-0-52-0

118.1

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, smothered off the front foot without fuss, Ponting needs five more, two over for lunch at the most

118.2

Sehwag to Ponting, no run, pushed down the track

118.3

Sehwag to Ponting, 1 run, worked wide of long on, Ponting is satisfied with one

118.4

Sehwag to Clarke, 2 runs, thick edge behind point as he comes down the track and pushes hard at a length ball

118.5

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle, defended down the pitch

118.6

Sehwag to Clarke, no run, angles it across as he tosses it up, smothered off the front foot

End of over 119 (3 runs) Australia 466/3
MJ Clarke    209* (273b 26x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    16-0-55-0
RT Ponting    196* (343b 20x4)      R Ashwin    34-4-124-2

Benny: "Lost for words, so I'm just going to comment on Michael's ridiculous strike rate!"

119.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, down the track and nudges the length ball behind square leg

119.2

Ashwin to Clarke, 1 run, whips a tossed up delivery down to long on

119.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, shuffles about in the crease but works straight to a scrambling square leg

119.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, smothered off the front foot down the track

119.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, gets well forward and defends quietly off the front foot

119.6

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, pulled safely through square leg for one more and Ponting goes to lunch on 198

Ridiculously monstrous partnership this, just ridiculously monstrous, now the highest for Tests between these two countries going past the one between Dravid and Laxman in that Eden Gardens Test of 2001. Clarke and Ponting, captain and former captain, all over India at the moment, who would be flattered if one said they are going through the motions. Join us at 1.10 pm local time for the post-lunch session.

End of over 120 (3 runs) Australia 469/3
RT Ponting    198* (348b 20x4)      R Ashwin    35-4-127-2
MJ Clarke    210* (274b 26x4 1x6)      V Sehwag    16-0-55-0

Play about to resume after lunch

Matthew: "About now, does the whole cricketing world wish that both NZ and India had had 3 match series in OZ?"

ryan: "There are two sides out there...but only one of them is playing cricket! I say bat for 5 days."

Cobargian: "They should bat until India gets them out, even if it's for five days and a draw. Perhaps we can enjoy records tumbling rather than this tosh."

Fifteen more runs, and this will become only the third 400-run partnership in the history of Test cricket for the fourth wicket. Before that, they are just three short of the Australian record of 388 between Bradman and Ponsford against England in 1934

If you missed the morning's action, all of it from Australia's side, read Brydon Coverdale's lunch report

120.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, starts off with one angled down the leg side, off the thigh pad to Saha

120.2

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, moves forward and onto 199 with a single to deep point off a fuller and straighter one

120.3

Yadav to Clarke, OUT, bowled 'em, India have a wicket at last, Clarke gone right after lunch, Umesh bends it in with the angle, it moves in after pitching on a length, past Clarke's push, brushes the pad and disturbs the bails, Clarke walks off to a standing ovation, he's put Australia on top, they were 84 for 3 when he came out to bat, seems a millennium ago

MJ Clarke b Yadav 210 (380m 275b 26x4 1x6) SR: 76.36

120.4

Yadav to Hussey, no run, lets the length ball angle across him outside off

Simon: "Clarke's having a bit of a batting slump, I'd say. His average is the lowest it's been all year."

120.5

Yadav to Hussey, no run, pats a pitched up ball away on the off side

120.6

Yadav to Hussey, no run, tight line close to the off stump, good bounce as well, Hussey leaves

End of over 121 (1 run) Australia 470/4
MEK Hussey    0* (3b)      UT Yadav    18-0-106-1
RT Ponting    199* (350b 20x4)      R Ashwin    35-4-127-2

Ashwin around the stumps to Ponting on 199

121.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, almost carried to leg slip, was that off the bat

121.2

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, pats a tossed up ball down the track

121.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, nudges one on leg stump towards square leg

A swarm of fielders on the leg side

121.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, nudged towards one of the numerous men around square leg

121.5

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, floated across full, smothered off the front foot

121.6

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, plays out a quiet over, defends off the front foot

End of over 122 (maiden) Australia 470/4
RT Ponting    199* (356b 20x4)      R Ashwin    36-5-127-2
MEK Hussey    0* (3b)      UT Yadav    18-0-106-1

122.1

Yadav to Hussey, no run, defended off the back foot

122.2

Yadav to Hussey, 1 run, angled delivery driven off the front foot and Hussey is off the mark after mid off parries the ball away with a clumsy slide

122.3

Yadav to Ponting, FOUR, smack! Ponting gets to his 6th Test double ton with a pull off the front foot in front of square leg to a short ball, lots of applause all around, Ponting soaks it in, he has deserved it completely

122.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run, defended down the track

122.5

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, flicked off the pads, straight out of the late 90s Ponting, to deep square leg

122.6

Yadav to Hussey, no run, has him ducking to a bouncer

End of over 123 (6 runs) Australia 476/4
MEK Hussey    1* (6b)      UT Yadav    19-0-112-1
RT Ponting    204* (359b 21x4)      R Ashwin    36-5-127-2

Ravi: "I think that is the last wicket for the 2nd day."

123.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, turns miles down leg from short of a length, helped away past leg slip

Gareth: "I'll tell you what, this new smiling Ponting is a welcome relief. A lot of difference to Captain Grumpy Version 2.0."

Slip and silly point for Hussey

123.2

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, pushes forward and smothers this flighted one

123.3

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, angled in on off from wide of the crease, defended

123.4

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, goes back and blocks a length ball

123.5

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, sees some width and drives this one to extra cover

123.6

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, pushed off the back foot to extra cover again

End of over 124 (1 run) Australia 477/4
MEK Hussey    1* (11b)      R Ashwin    37-5-128-2
RT Ponting    205* (360b 21x4)      UT Yadav    19-0-112-1

Sam: "No so fast Ravi, Australia could still declare."

124.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, pitched up ball pushed down the track

124.2

Yadav to Ponting, no run, back and across and solidly blocks a shortish one

Aravind: "Some perspective from everyone please. Australia are 4 down on 470. In 2006, England lost their 4th wicket on 468. Against Warne and McGrath and as part of a 5-0 drubbing. Dead flat pitches here." You seem to forget that Australia replied with 513 as well. Will this India line-up make that much?

124.3

Yadav to Ponting, no run, angles the bouncer in as Ponting ducks

124.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run, pushes a shortish one on the off side

124.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, slower one but too far outside off to bother Ponting

124.6

Yadav to Ponting, no run, goes underneath another bouncer, too short to make the batsman do anything else

End of over 125 (maiden) Australia 477/4
RT Ponting    205* (366b 21x4)      UT Yadav    20-1-112-1
MEK Hussey    1* (11b)      R Ashwin    37-5-128-2

125.1

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, defends one coming in with the angle from around the stumps

125.2

Ashwin to Hussey, 1 run, skips down the track and takes on mid on for a quick run, Ashwin trods on to his bat as he backs up for the throw, Hussey loses his balance after making the crease, replays show he would have been gone had the throw from Zaheer hit, he had lost his bat to Ashwin by then

125.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, nudged towards square leg, harmless line on leg stump

125.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, full on middle now, defended off the front foot

125.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, guided towards deep point for one

125.6

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, tapped towards midwicket off the front foot

End of over 126 (2 runs) Australia 479/4
MEK Hussey    2* (14b)      R Ashwin    38-5-130-2
RT Ponting    206* (369b 21x4)      UT Yadav    20-1-112-1

126.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, some inswing for Umesh as he hurls it in full towards middle, pushed towards a diving midwicket

126.2

Yadav to Ponting, no run, moves forward to a length ball and pushes towards the bowler

126.3

Yadav to Ponting, no run, solid punch to extra cover off the back foot

126.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run, thinks about the pull for an instant but decides the ball is way too short for that shot and lets it go

126.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, moves across and pushes back to the bowler

126.6

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, another pull from Ponting, as this time the short ball is in his slot, there is deep midwicket in place

End of over 127 (1 run) Australia 480/4
RT Ponting    207* (375b 21x4)      UT Yadav    21-1-113-1
MEK Hussey    2* (14b)      R Ashwin    38-5-130-2

127.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, tossed up full on middle and leg, defended solidly

127.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 2 runs, doesn't quite get hold of the pull as he sees it dropped too short, ends up playing it in the air over midwicket

127.3

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, patted down the track off the back foot

127.4

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, Ponting tries the reverse paddle from outside leg stump, underedges it on to the boot

127.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, shortish again, outside leg and helped down to deep backward square leg

127.6

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, some spin, zip and bounce from off stump, Hussey adjusts, opens the face and defends

End of over 128 (3 runs) Australia 483/4
MEK Hussey    2* (15b)      R Ashwin    39-5-133-2
RT Ponting    210* (380b 21x4)      UT Yadav    21-1-113-1

128.1

Yadav to Ponting, no run, he is getting some inswing into the right-hander, comes in from a length, pushed off the front foot

128.2

Yadav to Ponting, no run, slightly shorter, forced down to mid on

128.3

Yadav to Ponting, 2 runs, stands back and punches through the off side to sweeper cover

128.4

Yadav to Ponting, no run, checks the punch off the back foot, the ball rolls towards extra cover

128.5

Yadav to Ponting, no run, inswinging yorker headed for middle and leg, Ponting jabs it away

128.6

Yadav to Ponting, 1 run, follows up with the short ball, Ponting is ready for it as he smashes the pull to deep midwicket

End of over 129 (3 runs) Australia 486/4
RT Ponting    213* (386b 21x4)      UT Yadav    22-1-116-1
MEK Hussey    2* (15b)      R Ashwin    39-5-133-2

129.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 2 leg byes, loops off the pad over leg gully as he misses the pull off a short one

129.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, works a shortish one past a clumsy dive from midwicket

129.3

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, quicker and flatter from around the stumps, pushed away

129.4

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, drives to extra cover off the front foot

129.5

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, skips down the track and pushes to extra cover

129.6

Ashwin to Hussey, 1 run, coming in with the angle, he goes back and across and works towards midwicket

End of over 130 (4 runs) Australia 490/4
MEK Hussey    3* (19b)      R Ashwin    40-5-135-2
RT Ponting    214* (388b 21x4)      UT Yadav    22-1-116-1

Zaheer comes back now

130.1

Khan to Hussey, no run, hits him on the pad right away with a full delivery and appeals but Hussey was a mile down the track, he had walked outside his crease looking for the clip to leg

130.2

Khan to Hussey, 3 runs, watchfully watches this pitched up ball and squeezes it past point for a couple

130.3

Khan to Ponting, no run, comes forward and pushes with an open face to covers

130.4

Khan to Ponting, no run, slightly wider outside off and he takes a step out to let it go

130.5

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, drops it short and Ponting plays a crunching pull, swivelling on a leg as he goes through the shot, to Sachin at deep midwicket

130.6

Khan to Hussey, no run, a rare sight today, a batsman is beaten, Hussey tentatively pushing forward as this length ball zips past the outside edge

End of over 131 (4 runs) Australia 494/4
MEK Hussey    6* (22b)      Z Khan    25-2-79-1
RT Ponting    215* (391b 21x4)      R Ashwin    40-5-135-2

131.1

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting is dropped again, takeable high catch at midwicket as Ponting steps out and clips in the air, Laxman hops and parries it back in the air

131.2

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, cut to point

131.3

Ashwin to Hussey, 2 runs, worked through midwicket

131.4

Ashwin to Hussey, 1 run, down the track and works it down to long on

131.5

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, pushed down to long on

131.6

Ashwin to Hussey, FOUR, 500 is up with a flowing drive through extra cover, Ishant ends up chasing it into the boundary

End of over 132 (9 runs) Australia 503/4
MEK Hussey    13* (26b 1x4)      R Ashwin    41-5-144-2
RT Ponting    217* (393b 21x4)      Z Khan    25-2-79-1

Chukka: "They can say what they like about pitches in England, South Africa and Australia being doctored to suit the local teams, but catches win matches anywhere in the world."

132.1

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, nicely forward to meet a pitched up ball angling across him, and gets the single to the right of mid off

132.2

Khan to Hussey, FOUR, thick edge as Hussey pokes at a pitched up delivery outside off, between slip and gully

132.3

Khan to Hussey, 1 run, slower one holding its line just outside off, pushed towards cover

132.4

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting slips as he completes the run after working one square off the pads, and they won't get the second

132.5

Khan to Hussey, 2 wides, way too short, called a wide for height, Saha saves the byes with a big leap to get one glove to the ball, he's been good behind the stumps

132.5

Khan to Ponting, no run, driven towards mid off

132.6

Khan to Ponting, no run, moves across and works a length ball towards midwicket

End of over 133 (9 runs) Australia 512/4
RT Ponting    219* (397b 21x4)      Z Khan    26-2-88-1
MEK Hussey    18* (28b 2x4)      R Ashwin    41-5-144-2

133.1

Ashwin to Hussey, 1 run, length ball coming in, whipped square on the leg side

133.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 1 run, belts a high full toss outside leg, just past the man at square leg

133.3

Ashwin to Hussey, 2 runs, down the track and pushes past the bowler and mid on for a couple

133.4

Ashwin to Hussey, no run, forced off the back foot on the leg side

133.5

Ashwin to Hussey, FOUR, smack! Ashwin gives it lots of air outside off, Hussey gets to the pitch neatly and slams it past extra cover

133.6

Ashwin to Hussey, OUT, brilliant work from Gautam at silly point means Hussey has to go back, Hussey had pushed the flatter one firmly past silly point on the bounce, but he stretched out his right hand as far as he could, caught the ball and lobbed it back on to the stumps before Hussey could turn back

MEK Hussey run out 25 (51m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.75

End of over 134 (8 runs) Australia 520/5
     R Ashwin    42-5-152-2
RT Ponting    220* (398b 21x4)      Z Khan    26-2-88-1

Paul: "This is the second most number of balls Ponting has faced in a single innings after his 257 (458 balls). My NZ team are lucky if they face that many as a team."

Al Bundy: "Good Lord! One of our fielders was awake!"

134.1

Khan to Ponting, no run, left alone with the angle a foot outside off

134.2

Khan to Ponting, no run, moves across and pushes to mid on

134.3

Khan to Ponting, 1 run, trying to bend it back in but sends it on to the pad and is flicked to fine leg

Marcus: "I'd hate to be Brad Haddin here. It's a real no win situation- at best, 30* before the declaration, at worst, dismissed for another low score."

Zaheer to his mate Haddin

134.4

Khan to Haddin, no run, leaves alone one angled across him on a length

134.5

Khan to Haddin, no run, takes a step across and allows another one to zip past him outside off

134.6

Khan to Haddin, no run, goes for the yorker, ends up as a low dipping full toss, patted away to mid on

End of over 135 (1 run) Australia 521/5
BJ Haddin    0* (3b)      Z Khan    27-2-89-1
RT Ponting    221* (401b 21x4)      R Ashwin    42-5-152-2

135.1

Ashwin to Ponting, no run, clips a tossed up ball on leg to midwicket

135.2

Ashwin to Ponting, 3 byes, these will be the first byes he has conceded, in the 136th over, tossed up outside leg and turning about three to four feet down leg, no chance for Saha

over the stumps goes Ashwin after an eternity

135.3

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, nudged with the turn on the leg side

135.4

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, pushed away from the crease on the off side

135.5

Ashwin to Haddin, SIX, Haddin gets off the mark with six, tossed up full in the slot and he swings it cleanly over mid on

135.6

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, carrom ball beats Haddin on the front foot push as it turns away, Ashwin appeals for caught behind in vain

End of over 136 (9 runs) Australia 530/5
BJ Haddin    6* (7b 1x6)      R Ashwin    43-5-158-2
RT Ponting    221* (403b 21x4)      Z Khan    27-2-89-1

Disco: "Just goes to show that as soon as Haddin walks to the middle, the byes flourish!"

136.1

Khan to Ponting, OUT, the man lives and dies by the pull, taken by Tendulkar at deep midwicket, Zaheer pings it in short, Ponting does not hold back on the pull, gives it a good thwack, it flies high in the air but a leaping Tendulkar judged the take well in the deep, Clarke salutes his former captain off the ground with a standing ovation, as does the rest of the Adelaide Oval

RT Ponting c Tendulkar b Khan 221 (516m 404b 21x4 0x6) SR: 54.70

136.2

Khan to Siddle, no run, bouncer first up to siddle, who ducks under it

136.3

Khan to Siddle, no run, length ball defended off the front foot

Around the stumps

136.4

Khan to Siddle, no run, angles it in towards off stump, Siddle eagerly gets forward to block

136.5

Khan to Siddle, no run, carefully gets across and pats away a shortish one

136.6

Khan to Siddle, no run, play and a miss as he looks to cut a wide one

End of over 137 (wicket maiden) Australia 530/6
PM Siddle    0* (5b)      Z Khan    28-3-89-2
BJ Haddin    6* (7b 1x6)      R Ashwin    43-5-158-2

david: "Yet another collapse....this is how NZ won, they need to iron out this sort of fickle batting."

surya: "Into the tail now. Time to spread the field...what if they hit four?!"

137.1

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, gets across and pushes a length ball back to the bowler

137.2

Ashwin to Haddin, 1 run, pushes a flighted one for an easy single to long on

137.3

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, covers off stump and defends a turning length ball

137.4

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, quicker one angled in, he gets forward and pushes to point

137.5

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, worked away in the air but falls short of short midwicket

137.6

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, fuller delivery smothered down the track

End of over 138 (1 run) Australia 531/6
PM Siddle    0* (9b)      R Ashwin    44-5-159-2
BJ Haddin    7* (9b 1x6)      Z Khan    28-3-89-2

Dave: "@surya - Siddle is averaging more than Laxman, Gambhir or Sehwag this series. Spreading the field may be wise..."

138.1

Khan to Haddin, no run, walks outside off and tries to pull a short ball angled in, misses as the ball goes over leg

138.2

Khan to Haddin, no run, tentatively pushes off the inside edge on the leg side, Zaheer stares

138.3

Khan to Haddin, no run, he is shuffling way across, exposes middle and leg stump as he flicks to midwicket

138.4

Khan to Haddin, no run, now he goes for the pull to a short ball angled in, and is beaten again

138.5

Khan to Haddin, no run, moves across, covers the line of the good length ball and blocks

138.6

Khan to Haddin, no run, appeal for lbw as Haddin is rapped high on the pad after again moving too far across, misses the work on the leg side, looked headed down leg that one

End of over 139 (maiden) Australia 531/6
BJ Haddin    7* (15b 1x6)      Z Khan    29-4-89-2
PM Siddle    0* (9b)      R Ashwin    44-5-159-2

139.1

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, pushes a tossed up ball to short midwicket off the inner part of the bat

139.2

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, beaten by the carrom ball, he plays well inside the line as it leaves him just outside off

139.3

Ashwin to Siddle, 2 runs, gets a thick edge as he charges out looking to go over extra cover, finds some runs behind point

139.4

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, defended off the front foot

139.5

Ashwin to Siddle, no run, tossed up ball driven to a diving extra cover

139.6

Ashwin to Siddle, OUT, Ashwin strikes with the carrom ball, thin edge through to Saha as Siddle pushes forward

PM Siddle c †Saha b Ashwin 2 (14m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.33

End of over 140 (2 runs) Australia 533/7
     R Ashwin    45-5-161-3
BJ Haddin    7* (15b 1x6)      Z Khan    29-4-89-2

Some respite for India with all those wickets after lunch

140.1

Khan to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin has been struggling against Zaheer, this time he gets to a pitched up delivery and opens the face to drive through cover for four

140.2

Khan to Haddin, no run, almost holes out to mid on as he looks to tee off out of the ground, just falls short, barely

back to over the stumps

140.3

Khan to Haddin, no run, lets a bouncer fly past high outside off

140.4

Khan to Haddin, 1 run, clipped off the pad to deep square leg

around the stumps

140.5

Khan to Harris, no run, bit of pad and bat as he pushes forward to smother this one outside off

140.6

Khan to Harris, no run, lets this length delivery outside off go

End of over 141 (5 runs) Australia 538/7
RJ Harris    0* (2b)      Z Khan    30-4-94-2
BJ Haddin    12* (19b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    45-5-161-3

141.1

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, worked to a not-so-short short leg

141.2

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, worked again to that man at shortish leg

141.3

Ashwin to Haddin, 2 runs, inside edge behind square leg for a couple

141.4

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, blocks a full delivery on middle and leg

141.5

Ashwin to Haddin, no run

141.6

Ashwin to Haddin, no run

End of over 142 (2 runs) Australia 540/7
BJ Haddin    14* (25b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    46-5-163-3
RJ Harris    0* (2b)      Z Khan    30-4-94-2

142.1

Khan to Harris, no run

142.2

Khan to Harris, 1 run, works with the angle from around the stumps past midwicket

142.3

Khan to Haddin, no run, short ball that ends up being banged way down the leg side

142.4

Khan to Haddin, no run, mistimes the attempted big stroke down the ground to mid off

over the stumps now

142.5

Khan to Haddin, no run, lets a slower short ball carry on with the angle past off

142.6

Khan to Haddin, 1 run, short ball pulled hard down to deep square leg

End of over 143 (2 runs) Australia 542/7
BJ Haddin    15* (29b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    31-4-96-2
RJ Harris    1* (4b)      R Ashwin    46-5-163-3

143.1

Ashwin to Haddin, 3 runs, opens the face and runs it towards third man, work for Sachin running across from deep point

143.2

Ashwin to Harris, no run, pushes a length ball outside off towards covers

143.3

Ashwin to Harris, FOUR, shot! tossed up too full and Harris reaches out and strokes it past extra cover

143.4

Ashwin to Harris, no run, pushed away to midwicket

143.5

Ashwin to Harris, no run, moves outside off and defends a length ball

143.6

Ashwin to Harris, no run, fires it in flatter, Harris defends without fuss

End of over 144 (7 runs) Australia 549/7
RJ Harris    5* (9b 1x4)      R Ashwin    47-5-170-3
BJ Haddin    18* (30b 1x4 1x6)      Z Khan    31-4-96-2

jono: "When talking declarations please remember Adelaide Test 06/07. England First innings total 6 dec for 551. They lost."

Ishant is back now

144.1

Sharma to Haddin, no run, starts off with a very wide delivery outside off, moves further away, he tries to reach out and cut but cannot get to it

144.2

Sharma to Haddin, no run, pushed away to cover

144.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, lets this back of a length ball go outside off

144.4

Sharma to Haddin, 1 run, inside edge to fine leg takes Australia to 550, Ishant finding slight inward movement

144.5

Sharma to Harris, 4 runs, thick edge runs past slip off a pitched up ball, Laxman goes after it and pulls it back but they have run four

144.6

Sharma to Harris, no run, wayward bouncer miles outside off

End of over 145 (5 runs) Australia 554/7
RJ Harris    9* (11b 1x4)      I Sharma    28-6-95-0
BJ Haddin    19* (34b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    47-5-170-3

145.1

Ashwin to Haddin, 1 run, tries to slog-sweep but mistimes the stroke to deep midwicket

145.2

Ashwin to Harris, no run, defended down the track

145.3

Ashwin to Harris, FOUR, he floats it up too full again, and Harris puts it away through cover this time

145.4

Ashwin to Harris, 3 runs, opens the face and runs the flighted ball towards third man, Dravid goes after it this time

David: "Sad to be inside an office in Adelaide today, would love to be at the ground. To all those mentioning "Amazing Adelaide", in 2006, please remember that it was an incredible, Warne-inspired fightback, that also required a complete mental implosion from England. It would be very unlikely to happen again here."

145.5

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, pushed down the track

145.6

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, smothered off the front foot, bit of turn for ashwin

End of over 146 (8 runs) Australia 562/7
BJ Haddin    20* (37b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    48-5-178-3
RJ Harris    16* (14b 2x4)      I Sharma    28-6-95-0

146.1

Sharma to Harris, no run, excellent take from Saha, this short ball was flying to his left but he went leaping to take it one-handed

146.2

Sharma to Harris, 1 run, pushed away from the crease to deep point

146.3

Sharma to Haddin, no run, moves well across to one that comes in a tad and defends

146.4

Sharma to Haddin, no run, this one holds its line on a length outside off, pushed away

146.5

Sharma to Haddin, no run, slower one but too far outside off to get anything more than a leave

146.6

Sharma to Haddin, no run, nips back in from a good length, left alone

End of over 147 (1 run) Australia 563/7
BJ Haddin    20* (41b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    29-6-96-0
RJ Harris    17* (16b 2x4)      R Ashwin    48-5-178-3

Surya: "I am not able to see the match but your commentary so far suggests Saha is keeping well. Good to see a proper wicket-keeper in a test match. There's hardly any of them left in the game!"

Slip and silly point

147.1

Ashwin to Harris, no run, pushed off the front foot

147.2

Ashwin to Harris, no run, tosses it up slowly, blocked

147.3

Ashwin to Harris, no run, punched off the back foot to extra cover

147.4

Ashwin to Harris, 1 run, angled in towards the pads, worked square for one

147.5

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, carrom ball on a good length on middle, defended tightly

147.6

Ashwin to Haddin, no run, pads away a tossed up ball outside off stump

End of over 148 (1 run) Australia 564/7
BJ Haddin    20* (43b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    49-5-179-3
RJ Harris    18* (20b 2x4)      I Sharma    29-6-96-0

148.1

Sharma to Harris, 1 leg bye, worked in front of square leg off the pad

148.2

Sharma to Haddin, no run, too far down the leg side with the angle, good bounce though

148.3

Sharma to Haddin, 3 runs, thick edge runs towards third man as Ishant gets one to hold its line outside off

148.4

Sharma to Harris, no run, came in from a good length, played back to the bowler with an angled bat

148.5

Sharma to Harris, 1 run, full, into the pads, whipped to deep square leg

148.6

Sharma to Haddin, no run, straight and very wide outside off stump

End of over 149 (5 runs) Australia 569/7
BJ Haddin    23* (46b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    30-6-100-0
RJ Harris    19* (23b 2x4)      R Ashwin    49-5-179-3

ignoramus: "agree with surya. unfortunately, i suspect pigs will fly before saha gets another game!"

149.1

Ashwin to Harris, no run, pitching outside leg, padded away

149.2

Ashwin to Harris, no run, on middle from short of a length, defended off the back foot

149.3

Ashwin to Harris, no run, blocked off the back foot easily

over the wicket

149.4

Ashwin to Harris, no run, hit on the pad as he pushes well forward

149.5

Ashwin to Harris, no run, short carrom ball, pushed away on the off side

149.6

Ashwin to Harris, no run, defended safely off the front foot and that will be tea

Tea 4 for 100, this session, the first one in this match going India's way. But Australia are closing in on 600, and a possible declaration some time after tea. Join us after the break at 3.30 pm local time

End of over 150 (maiden) Australia 569/7
RJ Harris    19* (29b 2x4)      R Ashwin    50-6-179-3
BJ Haddin    23* (46b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    30-6-100-0
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Australia won by 298 runs
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Australia won by an innings and 68 runs
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