Ishant Sharma, India's most luckless bowler in the Adelaide Test, had watched Michael Clarke edge between the slips and dropped by VVS Laxman on the first day. On the second morning, he had himself to blame.
Ricky Ponting, batting on 186 with Australia's total at 437 for 3, drove the first ball of the 113th over straight back to Ishant in his followthrough. The simple catch went in and out of the bowler's hands. This time Ishant could not afford to glare at butter-fingered fielders. The fault was entirely his.