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Aus vs Ind, 4th Test, D2: as it happened

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Jan 25, 2012 at 01:10pm IST

India First Innings:

12:34 Stumps! India 61/2, still trailing by 543 runs. Tendulkar (12) and Gambhir (30) prevent any further damage but will still have a mountain to climb on day three.

12:20 p.m. Tendulkar and Gambhir are totally into their shell now. More intent on leaving than playing the ball. Could be dangerous. Four overs left.

Aus vs Ind, 4th Test, Day 2: as it happened

After declaring at 604 for 7, Australia reduced India to 61 for 2 on day two of the fourth Test.

12:10 p.m. Seven overs left in the day. Tendulkar and Gambhir have understandably buckled down at 52 for 2.

11:55 a.m. Gambhir is looking quite settled; in fact, the best he has been on this tour. Sachin comes in with the weight of 100th hundred on his back. But can the duo meet the first objective of taking India to stumps without further harm?

11:41 a.m. Bowled! Dravid once again loses his stumps, to Hilfenhaus this time! A touch late on coming forward, the ball bounced and shattered the stumps off his elbow. India 31 for 2.

Rahul Dravid b Hilfenhaus 1 (9)

11:32 a.m. Sehwag out! Siddle's attempted yorker turns into a full toss on Sehwag's leg-stump. He tries to flick it but the bat turns in his hand, chipping it to the right of Siddle who plucks a one-handed stunner. India 26 for 1.

Virender Sehwag c & b Siddle 18 (18)

11:20 a.m. Aggressive start by India: 21 runs in 3 overs.

Australia First Innings

10:58 a.m. Declaration! Clarke calls his men back at 604 for 7. A minimum of 21 overs for India to bat out. Testing times!

10:40 a.m. No signs of declaration yet. Haddin not looking to go on all out attack and Harris intent on blocking. India's toil continues at 578 for 7.

10:10 a.m. Tea! Australia 569 for 7, having scored 100 runs in the post-lunch session despite losing Clarke, Hussey, Ponting and Siddle in quick succession. Will the hosts declare after tea? We will get to know in another 20 minutes.

10 a.m. India strive to take the remaining three wickets but Haddin intent on keeping the visitors on the pitch. Australia 563 for 7.

9:45 a.m. Four wickets have come in the session for India so far for 73 runs. Twenty-five minutes left before tea. Can they bowl out Australia?

9:33 a.m. Ashwin takes out Siddle! A faint edge, nicely pouched by Saha! Australia 533 for 7.

Peter Siddle c Saha b Ashwin 2 (15)

9:30 a.m. Haddin is trying the long handle, though hasn't connected yet other than the six that got him off the mark.

9:18 a.m. Out! Ponting has to depart! Zaheer banged it short and Ponting took the challenge with a pull. But it flew flat to mid-wicket where Tendulkar plucked it cleanly. Crowd stands as Ponting walks back. It's 530 for 6.

Ricky Ponting c Tendulkar b Khan 221 (404)

9:05 a.m. Run-out! Hussey has to leave. Brilliant work by Gambhir at silly point. Hussey thought the ball was past Gambhir and took off for a run, but Gambhir fielded the ball and threw down the stumps in a flash.

Michael Hussey run out 25 (33)

8:55 a.m. Laxman puts down Ponting! Ponting came down the wicket to Ashwin and flicked straight to Laxman at short mid-wicket, but the ball went through his hands.

8:50 a.m. Hussey isn't looking his fluent self but the Indian bowlers have bowled a much better length after lunch. Meanwhile, Australia closing in on 500.

8:35 a.m. Clarke's dismissal has definitely slowed things down after lunch! 480 for 4.

8:20 a.m. Double hundred for Ponting! It took 357 balls for him to bring up the sixth double hundred of his career. Australia 476 for 4.

8:13 a.m. Bowled! Yadav sends Clarke back! The Aussie skipper was beaten by pace as the first ball he faced after lunch ricocheted off his pads onto the stumps to break the 386-run partnership. Australia 470 for 4.

Michael Clarke b Yadav 210 (275)

7:30 p.m. Lunch! Australia 469 for 3; 134 runs in the session off 30 overs. Clarke 210 and Ponting 198, partnership 385.

7:15 a.m. Double hundred for Michael Clarke! It took just 255 balls and was studded with 25 fours and one six. Australia 458 for 3.

7 a.m. The pitch is playing at its best. No assistance whatsoever for the Indians. The Australians are hitting through the line without any trouble.

6:45 a.m. Clarke (179) is at the moment leading Ponting (167) in the race towards a double century. That's the next landmark coming up.

6:30 a.m. Australia reach 400! In just 14 overs on Day 2, India have conceded 65 runs.

6:20 a.m. Australia 386 for 3 as India complete 19 wicket-less overs with the second new ball now.

6:10 a.m. Australia's run-rate so far this morning is 5.38, which has brought 300 of the partnership in no time at all. For the record, Ricky Ponting is level with Sachin Tendulkar for the number of century partnerships in Test cricket. Both are now second in the list having done it 85 times; Dravid is the first with 86.

5:55 a.m. Zaheer and Ishant aren't troubling the Australian duo at all. Ricky Ponting brings up his 150 with sixth four of the morning for Australia, which takes them to 365 for 3.

5:40 a.m. 150 for Michael Clarke and 350 for Australia. Landmarks coming thick and fast as Australia begin with a flurry of boundaries. India seem to have taken field with dropped shoulders.

5 a.m. Plundered on day one, India hope to strike early on Day 2 of the fourth Test. But they have to do it with consistent regularity if they want to contain the Australian juggernaut to under 450.

Ponting hinted at the end of first day that it would be difficult to take 20 wickets. That's also an indication that the wicket should remain good for batting on days two and three. Let's see what India come up with.

Day 1 Round-up:

Centuries from Ricky Ponting (137 not out) and Australian skipper Michael Clarke (140 not out) nailed India as the hosts reached 335 for the loss of three wickets at the close of day one of the fourth Test match at the Adelaide Oval.

The day began with India taking three wickets for 84 runs but then Ponting and Clarke put up an unbeaten 251-run partnership. En route, Ponting completed 13,000 Test runs other than scoring his third ton in as many Tests against India at Adelaide.

It was a sorry predicament for India after they had made an encouraging start despite losing the toss but then wilted under the Adelaide heat and pressure piled on by the aggressive Ponting-Clarke duo. Ashwin bowled a spell of 2 for 81 while Zaheer ended with a spell of 1 for 52.

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