Adelaide, Jan 25: Gautam Gambhir (30*) and Sachin Tendulkar (12*) played sensibly to avoid further damage as India had lost two early wickets. India managed to score 61/2 in reply to Australia's 604/7 at stumps on Day 2 of the fourth and final test in Adelaide.
[Scorecard: India vs Australia, Adelaide]
Stand-in captain Virender Sehwag looked bright smashing three fours but luck was not on his side as he tried to play a full length delivery towards the leg-side off Peter Siddle's first ball getting the leading edge followed by a good single-handed catch by Siddle.
Credit to Aussie bowlers for their disciplined line and length claiming Rahul Dravid's wicket as he was bowled for the sixth time in this series. Ben Hilfenhaus delivery bounced from a length, hitting Dravid's elbow and rattled the stumps.
Ricky Ponting (221) and Michael Clarke's (210) double tons helped Australia dominate and post a mammoth 604/7 in their first innings. Aussies declared with 21 overs left on Day 2.
Zaheer Khan claimed Ricky Ponting's wicket forcing him to play a pulled short which lacked elevation, as it went straight to Sachin Tendulkar at deep mid-wicket. Ponting scored a massive 221 runs.
R Ashwin had Peter Siddle (2) caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha. Mike Hussey was run out by Gautam Gambhir with a direct hit to the stumps, Hussey played the ball through silly point but Gambhir stopped the ball with his right hand and hit the stumos direct before Hussey could return to his crease.
Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke set the new record of highest partnership ever scored at Adelaide Oval with a total of 386 run-stand for the fourth wicket. Umesh Yadav gave India a much needed breakthrough bowling out Clarke for 210 runs
Ponting reached his sixth double century soon after Clarke was dismissed. This is Ponting's sixth double century and third against India. Australia have crossed the 500-run mark creating more trouble and pressure for India's bowling attack.
At lunch, Australia were 469/3 with Clarke on 210 and Ponting closing in on a double ton with 198 runs.
For the sixth time Australia batted through out sessions without losing a wicket, this time they added 134 to the total as India struggled.
India's attack looked weak on both days, lack of intensity allowed Ponting and Clarke to score freely, They had a better control over the game as bowlers had a torrid time once again as the same two batsmen repeated a similar innings in Sydney on the second Test.
The previous day, Ponting and Clarke reached three figures while Ponting also became third highest run-scorer in Test cricket history crossing 13,000 runs and also the highest scorer in Tests against India.
Day 1 report: India vs Australia, Adelaide