By CricketCountry Staff
Adelaide: Jan 26, 2012
India made a disastrous start losing two early wickets after Australia declared their first innings at 604 for seven on the second day of the fourth and the final cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval. India were 61 for two at stumps with Sachin Tendulkar (12*) and Gautam Gambhir (30*) at the crease.
Ponting (221) and Clarke (210) registered their record 386-run stand for the fourth wicket which propelled Australia to 604 for seven in the first innings. Their partnership is the fourth-highest by an Australian pair for any wicket in Tests.
India are trailing Australia by 543 runs, with Gautam Gambhir batting on 30 and Sachin Tendulkar on 12. India need another 343 to make Australia bat again.
India lost Virender Sehwag (18) and Rahul Dravid (1) in successive overs. Sehwag hit three boundaries for his run-a-ball 18 before giving a return catch to Peter Siddle, who struck with his first delivery of the match.
39-year-old Dravid was bowled again for the sixth time in seven innings in the series. A rising delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus deflected off Dravid’s elbow which ricocheted onto his stumps.