At Bangalore, September 29, 2007 (day/night). No result. Toss: Australia.
As soon as he had the new ball in his hands, Sreesanth began chirping at the Australians, but
here at least he was able to back it up with a fiery spell in which he clocked 91mph in bursts.
He soon got rid of Hayden and Hodge, who was to have a poor series, and with Gilchrist falling
to a fine catch by Yuvraj Singh at backward point, India were in with a shout despite losing the
toss. But Clarke returned to the scene of his triumphant Test debut three years before, and made
another polished century. He began delicately, working and chipping the ball into gaps, but, once
he was joined by Haddin (greeted by a beamer from Sreesanth, who immediately apologised),
Clarke opened his shoulders and let rip to reach 130 off 132 balls. Australia's final total was
imposing - but, just as Johnson trapped Tendulkar in front for a duck, the heavens opened and
washed out a contest that was set up perfectly.
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