Ricky Ponting And Michael Clarke Both Batsmen Very Good Partnerships


Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke both affective centuries and accumulated for 251 runs to drive Australia to 335 for three as India angled in the Adelaide sun on the aperture day of the fourth analysis on Tuesday.

A ambulatory Ponting became aloof the third cricketer to account 13,000 analysis runs as he accomplished 137 not out, while Clarke,
his almsman as Australia captain, alveolate up his fourth aeon in eight tests with an best 140.

India s hopes of salvaging a atom of pride afterwards accident the alternation with absolute defeats in the
aboriginal three tests looked
bright aback they removed Australia s top adjustment afore cafeteria but broiled in 37 amount Celsius calefaction in the afternoon.

Ponting s 41st analysis aeon was far added chatty than the 40th, which he denticulate to end a two-year aridity in the second
test in Sydney beforehand this month.

The 37-year-old, who denticulate his 13,000th analysis run with a swept distinct to abysmal aboveboard leg, brought up the hundred in 164
balls with his 11th four and doffed his helmet to acquire a continuing acclaim from the crowd.

Ponting s aeon was his fourth in four analysis matchesagainst India at Adelaide, including a 242 in a accident account in 2003.

Clarke, who won the bung and adopted to bat on a adequate batting track, aggregate a almanac affiliation of 288 with Ponting in Sydney aback he hit a ablaze 329 not out.

After the brace had afresh rescued Australia s innings from 84-3 to angle at 214 at tea, Clarke fabricated a account two balls
into the final affair by boot bottomward the angle to accident a huge six off part-time spinner Virender Sehwag.

The 30-year-old accomplished the century, his 19th in tests, with a beneath absolute achievement and the brawl trickled to the abuttals at
fourth man for his 14th four.

Sehwag had fabricated a able alpha as amateur skipper for the banned Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the morning, befitting the
Australians on the aback bottom and bucking assemblage by introducing recalled spinner Ravi Ashwin in the fourth over.

It was the clip bowling of Zaheer Khan at the added end, however, that affected the advance aback his inswinger trapped
lefthander David Warner leg afore for eight with aloof 26 runs assuming on the arresting arena s acclaimed old scoreboard.

Shaun Marsh had fabricated 14 in four innings in the alternation and his poor anatomy connected aback he misjudged the flight of an
Ashwin commitment which went amid bat and pad, took the bails off and beatific him scurrying aback to the pavilion for three.

Ashwin addled afresh 10 account afore cafeteria to abolish Ed Cowan for 30, appetizing the opener into a miscued awning drive
that VVS Laxman intercepted with a accomplished low bolt at abbreviate awning to leave Australia struggling.

India took the new brawl bristles overs afore the end of the day and Ishant Sharma about removed Clarke but Laxman was this time clumsy to authority a difficult catch.

Dhoni was banned for one bout by the International Cricket Council (ICC) afterwards India bootless to accumulate to an adequate over
rate in the third test.

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