Sunday 27 January 2008 

Ponting And Clarke Give Australia Lead In Adelaide

India 526 (Tendulkar 153, Kumble 87) & 45-1 v
Australia 563 (Ponting 140, Clarke 118, Hayden 103)

Australia lead the series 2-1

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke scored hundred's as Australia were bowled out for 563 on day four of the fourth Test against India in Adelaide, securing a first innings lead of 38. By stumps, India were 45 for one, seven ahead but with a day to go, the draw looks the most likely outcome.

Ponting scored his first century of the summer, ending on 140 from 266 balls while Clarke compiled 118 from 243. The pair put on 210 for the fourth wicket, although once Clarke fell, India, without the injured RP Singh, limited the last five wickets to just 73 runs.

Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma picked up three wickets apiece with Adam Gilchrist making just 14 on what is likely to be his final Test innings after he announced his retirement yesterday.

Andrew Symonds made 30 and Brad Hogg 14 as India fought back towards the end of the day although Australia soon picked up the wicket of Pathan, lbw to Johnson for a duck.

Virender Sehwag, who had earlier taken two for 51 including the wicket of Ponting, ensured that India closed with a narrow advantage, hitting an unbeaten 31 that included two fours and a six.

When play resumes, he will be joined by Rahul Dravid, who is on 11.

Australia lead the series 2-1, India scored 526 in their first innings.

� Cricket World 2008