India tour of Australia, 4th Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, Jan 24-28, 2012
Australia won by 298 runs
Played at Adelaide Oval
24,25,26,27,28 January 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

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

Australia 11/0   EJM Cowan 4* (4b 1x4)   UT Yadav 0.2-0-7-0

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

Australia 24/0   EJM Cowan 12* (15b 2x4)   Z Khan 2.5-1-8-0

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

Australia 43/2   RT Ponting 11* (16b 1x4)   UT Yadav 2-0-20-0

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

Australia 53/2   RT Ponting 17* (29b 2x4)   UT Yadav 3.4-0-27-0

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

Australia 57/2   RT Ponting 21* (31b 3x4)   UT Yadav 4-0-31-0

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

Australia 63/2   RT Ponting 25* (37b 4x4)   UT Yadav 4.2-0-35-0

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

Australia 67/2   RT Ponting 29* (39b 5x4)   UT Yadav 4.4-0-39-0

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

Australia 73/2   EJM Cowan 26* (47b 3x4)   I Sharma 5.2-1-9-0

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

Australia 81/2   RT Ponting 35* (51b 6x4)   R Ashwin 6.4-2-12-1

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

Australia 88/3   RT Ponting 41* (60b 7x4)   V Sehwag 1.3-0-6-0

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

Australia 96/3   MJ Clarke 6* (3b 1x4)   R Ashwin 8.2-3-19-2

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

Australia 112/3   MJ Clarke 14* (22b 2x4)   UT Yadav 6.4-0-50-0

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

Australia 117/3   MJ Clarke 19* (24b 3x4)   Z Khan 7.1-1-22-1

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

Australia 121/3   RT Ponting 55* (72b 8x4)   UT Yadav 7.1-0-55-0

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

Australia 144/3   MJ Clarke 30* (47b 4x4)   Z Khan 10.5-1-32-1

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

Australia 152/3   MJ Clarke 34* (53b 5x4)   I Sharma 7.5-2-18-0

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

Australia 159/3   RT Ponting 72* (108b 9x4)   I Sharma 9.3-3-23-0

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

Australia 164/3   MJ Clarke 39* (62b 6x4)   I Sharma 9.5-3-28-0

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

Australia 173/3   MJ Clarke 46* (68b 7x4)   R Ashwin 14.1-4-33-2

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

Australia 177/3   MJ Clarke 50* (69b 8x4)   R Ashwin 14.2-4-37-2

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

Australia 188/3   MJ Clarke 54* (87b 9x4)   I Sharma 13.4-4-35-0

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

Australia 192/3   RT Ponting 86* (133b 10x4)   R Ashwin 17.2-4-45-2

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

Australia 199/3   MJ Clarke 59* (94b 10x4)   R Ashwin 18.2-4-50-2

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

Australia 203/3   MJ Clarke 63* (96b 11x4)   R Ashwin 18.4-4-54-2

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

Australia 207/3   MJ Clarke 67* (98b 12x4)   R Ashwin 19-4-58-2

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.

Australia 246/3   RT Ponting 103* (164b 11x4)   Z Khan 13.5-1-46-1

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

Australia 256/3   RT Ponting 112* (170b 12x4)   UT Yadav 9.4-0-75-0

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

Australia 263/3   MJ Clarke 96* (132b 13x4 1x6)   UT Yadav 10.4-0-81-0

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

Australia 267/3   MJ Clarke 100* (133b 14x4 1x6)   UT Yadav 10.5-0-85-0

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

Australia 280/3   MJ Clarke 105* (136b 15x4 1x6)   I Sharma 14.1-4-39-0

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

Australia 284/3   MJ Clarke 109* (138b 16x4 1x6)   I Sharma 14.3-4-43-0

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

Australia 297/3   MJ Clarke 118* (146b 17x4 1x6)   R Ashwin 21.1-4-68-2

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

Australia 306/3   RT Ponting 127* (218b 13x4)   R Ashwin 22.4-4-73-2

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

Australia 310/3   MJ Clarke 125* (151b 18x4 1x6)   V Sehwag 11.1-0-43-0

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.

Australia 329/3   MJ Clarke 137* (168b 19x4 1x6)   I Sharma 17.3-4-50-0

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

Australia 341/3   MJ Clarke 144* (190b 20x4 1x6)   I Sharma 20.2-5-56-0

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

Australia 348/3   RT Ponting 143* (262b 14x4)   I Sharma 20.5-5-63-0

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

Australia 352/3   MJ Clarke 151* (193b 21x4 1x6)   Z Khan 19.2-2-58-1

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

Australia 356/3   MJ Clarke 155* (201b 22x4 1x6)   Z Khan 20.4-2-62-1

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

Australia 360/3   RT Ponting 147* (270b 15x4)   I Sharma 22.1-6-67-0

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

Australia 364/3   RT Ponting 151* (274b 16x4)   I Sharma 22.5-6-71-0

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

Australia 369/3   RT Ponting 156* (276b 17x4)   Z Khan 21.1-2-66-1

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

Australia 395/3   MJ Clarke 171* (221b 23x4 1x6)   UT Yadav 14.4-0-101-0

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

Australia 417/3   RT Ponting 173* (313b 18x4)   I Sharma 24.2-6-78-0

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

Australia 421/3   RT Ponting 177* (317b 19x4)   I Sharma 25-6-82-0

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

Australia 425/3   MJ Clarke 187* (240b 24x4 1x6)   R Ashwin 29.1-4-97-2

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

Australia 436/3   RT Ponting 185* (323b 20x4)   R Ashwin 30.4-4-106-2

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

Australia 441/3   MJ Clarke 194* (250b 25x4 1x6)   R Ashwin 31-4-111-2

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

Australia 455/3   MJ Clarke 204* (256b 26x4 1x6)   R Ashwin 31.4-4-119-2

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

Australia 475/4   RT Ponting 203* (357b 21x4)   UT Yadav 18.3-0-111-1

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

Australia 503/4   MEK Hussey 13* (26b 1x4)   R Ashwin 41-5-144-2

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

Australia 508/4   MEK Hussey 17* (27b 2x4)   Z Khan 25.2-2-84-1

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

Australia 520/4   MEK Hussey 25* (32b 3x4)   R Ashwin 41.5-5-152-2

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

Australia 537/7   BJ Haddin 11* (16b 1x4 1x6)   Z Khan 29.1-4-93-2

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

Australia 549/7   RJ Harris 5* (6b 1x4)   R Ashwin 46.3-5-170-3

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

Australia 559/7   RJ Harris 13* (13b 2x4)   R Ashwin 47.3-5-175-3
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Hours of play (local time) 10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

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