Led by more strong batting from Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, Australia has taken another commanding lead on the opening day of the fourth Test.
Australia’s dominance continued as the series progressed to Adelaide as Ponting totaled 137 and Clarke 140 (188 bowls) with both not out at stumps.
India appeared in good shape, taking the wicket of David Warner with the score at 1-26. Shaun Marsh fell just five runs later and Cowan was caught for 30 with the score at 3-84.
Clarke’s decision to bat on what was deemed as a great surface to do so looked like a poor decision early, but Ponting and Clarke’s partnership erased the home side’s poor start as the duo combined for 214 runs with former captain Ponting notched his 13,000th Test run during the innings, becoming just the third Test cricketer in history to accomplish the feat.
Clarke smashed 19 fours during the partnership and charged down the pitch to smash a six off a wayward ball by part-time spinner Virender Sehwag during the final session.
Ravichandran Ashwin was India’s best bowler, claiming the wickets of Cowan and Marsh at the cost of 81 runs from 26 overs. Zaheer Khan bowled 1-52 (18 overs) while Umesh Yadav was a little less ineffective with 87 runs being smashed of his 12 overs for no wicket.
India is without Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni due to his one game suspension for failing to keep an acceptable run rate in the third Test.
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