Live Cricket Score India vs Australia fourth Test match at Adelaide Oval: Day two

Australia captain Michael Clarke hit 19 boundaries and a six during his unbeaten knock of 140 on day one Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 25, 2012

Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting hit centuries as Australia were 335 for three at stumps against India on the opening day of the fourth Test match at the Adelaide Oval.

Ponting hit his 41st Test century that took him past 13,000 Test runs, the third cricketer to achieve the 13000-run mark, after India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. With this knock, the former Australian skipper also shrugged off speculation of his possible retirement. Ponting was batting on 137, his sixth at the venue, and Clarke was on 140.

Ponting and Clarke dominated two sessions of play with their 251-run fourth wicket stand after Australia were reduced to 84 for three. The stand was the duo’s second highest in the series so far after the 288 in the second Test in Sydney, where Clarke scored an unbeaten 329.

Ponting and Clarke scored rapidly in the last two sessions as 237 runs came from 61 overs at nearly four per over.

Clarke, however, was more spectacular during his eye-catching innings that was studded with 19 fours and a six. For Clarke, it was his 19th hundred and fifth in 11 matches since becoming captain. The only time he gave a chance was when V.V.S. Laxman put down a tough one-handed chance at second slip off Ishant Sharma just before stumps.

India held the upper hand in the first session to leave Australia at 98 for three at lunch.

India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan (1-52) struck in the seventh over of the day to trap David Warner (8) leg before.

Off-spinner Ravinchandran Ashwin (2-58) went through the defence of Shaun Marsh (3) to rattle his stumps. Marsh has averaged just 17 in the series and is unlikely to retain his place in the side when Australia tour the West Indies in April.

Just before the lunch break, Ashwin struck again to remove Ed Cowan (30) with VVS Laxman taking a good low catch at short cover.

Brief Scores: Australia 335 for 3 (Michael Clarke 140*, Ricky Ponting 137*, Ed Cowan 30; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 81, Zaheer Khan 1 for 52) vs India

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