Ricky Ponting struck his sixth double century as Australia continued to pile on the agony of the hapless Indians by reaching to a mammoth 569 for seven at tea on the second day to take control of the fourth and final cricket Test at Adelaide on Wednesday.

 

Ponting, who was eventually out for 221, became the second Australian double centurion besides his captain Michael Clarke (210) who reached to his double ton in the morning session at the Adelaide Oval pitch which has turned into a featherbed.

 

India made a semblance of a fight by removing Ponting and Clarke and ending their record fourth-wicket partnership as they grabbed four wickets in the afternoon session in which 100 runs were scored off 30 overs.

 

Clarke and Ponting's 386-run stand was the highest ever at this ground but they failed to overtake Australia's best for fourth wicket — 388. (PTI)