2nd Test, Sydney, Jan 2 - 6 2008, India tour of Australia
463 & 401/7d
(70.5 ov, target 333)532 & 210
Australia won by 122 runs
player of the match
• The Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Australia clinch thriller to equal record

Ricky Ponting's Australia emulated Steve Waugh's run of 16 consecutive Test wins as they took a 2-0 lead in the series against India in a thriller of a game that went right down to the wire at the SCG

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Scorecard summary
Australia463/10(112.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Andrew Symonds*162 (226)
Brad Hogg79 (102)
Anil Kumble4/106(25.3)
RP Singh4/124(26)
India532/10(138.2 overs)1st INNINGS
VVS Laxman109 (142)
Brett Lee5/119(32.2)
Australia401/7(107 overs)2nd INNINGS
Michael Hussey*145 (259)
Matthew Hayden123 (196)
India210/10(70.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

Three wickets for Clarke in one over have sealed a record-equalling 16 Test wins in a row for Australia in the second Test at the SCG, so they take a 2-0 lead in the series. This game has had everything - excellent batting and disciplined bowling, but will be remembered, too, for some questionable umpiring decisions.

Ponting is speaking now. "Michael Clarke's got the golden touch, hasn't he? We knew if we kept them under pressure we'd have a chance. That's an unbelievable win, almost as good as any I've been in, I think. When we declared we were the only ones who could win that today. With ten overs to go the game was sort-of slipping away but even then I knew we only needed one wicket.

"The job Andrew Symonds did for us today was amazing. We tried every option, the last roll of the dice was to give Michael Clarke a crack."

Symonds is the Man of the Match. "Pup is comfortably one of the luckiest blokes I know, it was handy to have him on our side. It was a real old-school classical Test match. It's been a big team effort."

Clarke now. "I've been asking Punter all day to have a bowl. I'm certainly taking it." He's just been asked if he thought they could win it when he came on late. "Honestly, not a chance in hell and I think that's why Punter threw me the ball. India, though, did really well to fight as they did."

Well, this has been an absolute epic of a Test. Thanks for joining us and for all of your emails - sorry we couldn't use them all but we always get thousands, literally. From me Jenny Thompson and him George Binoy it's goodbye, thanks again, and do tune in next time for the Perth Test.

Clarke to Sharma, OUT

Clarke has done it! Ishant pops to first slip off the edge of the bat and that indeed is a famous victory. You have to feel for Kumble, though, who held on for so long in a solid knock

Ishant Sharma c Hussey b Clarke 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Can he handle these last two balls? Kumble goes up to him to have a word.

Clarke to Sharma, no run

dug out to the leg side

Clarke to Sharma, no run

oooh, half a shout, but was missing

Bless Ishant, he's brought out two right-hand gloves... or is it a time tactic? We don't know. He's getting booed, rather Irfan Pathan is, who is running out with the spare glove. This is massive and the atmosphere is electric.

High drama at the SCG, Clarke is on a hat-trick, the crowd erupts and it's now down to Ishant Sharma to hold on for the draw

Clarke to Singh, OUT

good delivery, pitched on off, straightened, and would have gone on to clip the top of the stumps

RP Singh lbw b Clarke 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Clarke's first Test wicket in Australia, and what a time to get it. The nerves are starting to grip the pit of my stomach it's so close, so those of you who favour one team must be feeling it 100 times more. Now, can India pull off the draw? They deserve to. Or can Australia take the last two wickets?

Clarke to Harbhajan, OUT

a fizzer outside off, bounced off the shoulder of the bat and popped up towards the slips

Harbhajan Singh c Hussey b Clarke 7 (29m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50
end of over 702 runs
INDIA: 210/7CRR: 3.00 
Anil Kumble45 (111)
Harbhajan Singh7 (13)
Andrew Symonds 19-5-51-3
Michael Clarke 1-0-5-0
Symonds to Kumble, no run

yet more defence, this pair doing a very stern job in defence

Symonds to Kumble, no run

and again a defence

Symonds to Kumble, no run

defended on the front foot

Symonds to Kumble, 2 runs

driven out in front of midwicket

Symonds to Kumble, no run

bowls flatter and faster, defended on the front foot

Symonds to Kumble, no run

round the wicket, pushed across the right hander, the ball pitching on off, keeps low, but isn't a threat

end of over 695 runs
INDIA: 208/7CRR: 3.01 
Harbhajan Singh7 (13)
Anil Kumble43 (105)
Michael Clarke 1-0-5-0
Andrew Symonds 18-5-49-3

Twenty minutes left at the SCG, a minimum of three overs, Australia are looking like they will pull up with a draw, hence not getting their 16 wins in a row.

Clarke to Harbhajan, no run

up there, pushed on straight, defended down equally straightly

Clarke to Kumble, 1 run

pushed out towards the gully

Clarke to Kumble, no run

turned in on off, defended back down on the back foot

His has been a very defiant knock so far

Clarke to Kumble, FOUR runs

turned away a touch from outside off and Kumble unleashes an excellent back-foot cut

Clarke to Kumble, no run

pushed into the covers

Clarke to Kumble, no run

turned from outside off, pushed forward

On comes Clarke now

end of over 683 runs
INDIA: 203/7CRR: 2.98 
Anil Kumble38 (100)
Harbhajan Singh7 (12)
Andrew Symonds 18-5-49-3
Brett Lee 13-3-34-2

"Why aren't they being offered the light?" wonders Ashwin. Because it's bright sunshine.

Symonds to Kumble, 3 runs

worked from outside off out to deep midwicket and Harbhajan has to scramble to get home but makes his ground. It's been referred just to make sure but he was home by a yard

Symonds to Kumble, no run

nipped back in from outside off, pushed into short midwicket

Symonds to Kumble, no run

pushed into the covers, a firm press

Best performances - batters
Andrew Symonds, player portrait
A Symonds AUS
162 runs (226)
18 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
53 runs
4 fours
2 sixes
Sachin Tendulkar
SR Tendulkar INDIA
154 runs (243)
14 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
52 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Brett Lee player pic
Anil Kumble, portrait photo
A Kumble INDIA
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Australia
Player Of The Match
Andrew Symonds
Andrew Symonds
Series resultAustralia led the 4-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1857
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm
Match days2,3,4,5,6 January 2008 - day (5-day match)
England Image
Mark Benson
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
Match Referee
South Africa Image
Mike Procter