Michael Clarke brought up his maiden double-century in the five-day format on day two of the SCG Test against India. (AP Photo)
12:10 p.m. Just when one thought that things could not get any better for the Aussies, skipper Clarke brings up his 250 at the fag end of the day.
11:30 a.m. Now Michael Hussey gets into the act by bringing up his 28th Test fifty.
The Indians seem to be just waiting for the end.
10:50 a.m. A flick off his pads and Aussie skipper Michael Clarke gets his first-ever double century in Test cricket.
The lead for Australia is more than 200 as they bring up their 400.
9:50 a.m. Another disastrous session for MS Dhoni's men who conceded 113 runs and had just the wicket of Ponting to show for their efforts.
The home team have extended their lead to 155 runs with six second innings wickets still intact.
9:30 a.m. Better late than never, but in this case maybe it does not matter.
Ricky Ponting finally departs as he is caught by Sachin Tendulkar in the cover-point region off the bowling of Ishant Sharma who at last gets a wicket.
Ponting who fell for 134 was involved in a 288-run partnership with skipper Michael Clarke.
8:50 a.m. The Australian total has now gone past 300 and with it the lead, which stands at over 100 runs.
Absolutely no respite for the world champions.
8:00 a.m. A desperate dive by Ricky Ponting gives him his 40th Test ton. Replays however suggest that the batsman would have been way out his ground if Zaheer Khan's throw from mid-on had hit the stumps.
The Aussies continue to go their merry ways as Ponting and Clarke bring up their 200-run partnership after lunch.
7:10 a.m. The hosts could not have asked for a better opening session on day two. Ton-up Clarke, and Ponting on 97 not out go into lunch having taken their partnership to 199 runs for the fourth wicket.
Australia scored 120 runs in the pre-lunch session and that too at a pretty brisk rate.
Tough times ahead for Team India.
6:15 a.m. Ponting and Clarke pile on the misery for the Indians. The bowlers seem to have no answers neither does Dhoni whose defensive field settings are quite baffling. Both the batsmen have now gone past 70.
5:20 a.m. A steady start by Ponting and Clarke who have both brought up their half-centuries. Zaheer and Ishant, bowling consistently at over 140 kmph need to break this partnership ASAP.
Australia, Ist innings:
4:30 a.m. Having conceded the advantage on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), India's fate in the match and the rest of the series could well hinge on the first session on day two on Wednesday.
Already 0-1 down in the four-match affair, the Indians did not do themselves any favours by being bowled out for 191 and then allowing the hosts to get to 116/3 after having knocked over the third wicket with the score at 37.
Ricky Ponting (44) and skipper Michael Clarke (47) kept the visitors at bay for the rest of the evening with an unbeaten 79-run partnership.
All 13 wickets that fell on Tuesday were taken by the fast bowlers.
It was the same old story for India, as the batsmen once again fell prey to the immaculate line and lengths bowled by the Aussie pacers. James Pattinson yet again wrecked havoc with four wickets and was superbly backed by Ben Hilfenhaus (3 for 51) Peter Siddle (3 for 55).
For India, only Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni looked comfortable at the crease. While the former once again looked in his elements during his knock of 41, the latter showed more maturity in his unbeaten 57.
Except Zaheer who took all the three wickets to fall for India, the other pacers - Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav - were off-colour, pitching the ball either too short or too full to the batsmen.