Ponting And Clarke Register Double-Centuries

Ponting And Clarke Register Double-Centuries
Ponting And Clarke Register Double-Centuries
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Australia 604-7 (Ponting 221, Clarke 210) v
India 61-2
Fourth Test, Adelaide, day two

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke both scored double-centuries during a 386-run partnership together on day two of the fourth and final Test against India in Adelaide.

Their efforts enabled the home side to declare on 604 for seven and they finished the day strongly to reduce India to 61 for two at stumps.

Ponting and Clarke carried on from where they had left off on the opening day, when Ponting scored his 13,000th Test run and Clarke scored his second century of the series.

He went on to make his second score of 200 or more before eventually falling for 210 in 275 balls when he was bowled by Umesh Yadav.

Ponting was more circumspect, facing 404 deliveries to reach 221 and when he was dismissed when he was caught by Sachin Tendulkar off Zaheer Khan.

Mike Hussey (25), Brad Haddin (42 not out) and Ryan Harris (35 not out) then continued to make India toil with the addition of quick runs towards the end of the day.

Australia's bowlers then struck to remove Virender Sehwag (18) and Rahul Dravid (1) to complete an excellent day.

Peter Siddle had Sehwag caught and bowled before Ben Hilfenhaus bowled Dravid while unbeaten at the close were Gautam Gambhir on 30 and Sachin Tendulkar on 12.

Australia lead the series 3-0.

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