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    Aus vs Ind, 4th Test, Day 1: as it happened

    Australia First Innings

    12:40 p.m. Stumps! Australia 335 for 3. No wickets in two sessions now for India after they reduced Australia to 98 for 3 in the first session. Ponting (137) and Clarke (140) have taken their unbroken partnership to 251.

    Long toil awaits the visitors on day 2 unless we see Australia pressing the self-destruction button.

    12:30 p.m. The new-ball is not doing much, could be a combination of dry pitch and tired bowlers. Just two overs before India's agony takes a temporary halt.

    12:20 p.m. Five overs left in the day but runs are more likely than wickets as Australia's score reads 325 for 3.

    12:07 p.m. New ball taken now! Zaheer running in to bowl the 83rd over with it!

    Noon: The new ball became due but Sehwag chose to bowl the 81st over himself. Tired pacers or hoping for some spin late in the day?

    11:50 a.m. This is the fourth 200+ stand for Australia in a series that began with India as favourites. Meanwhile, Australia have gone past 300 now.

    11:40 a.m. Is the new ball only hope left for India? On the face of it, yes, but then the Indian pacers already look exhausted under an unrelenting Adelaide sun.

    11:25 a.m. 200-run partnership between Ponting and Clarke. India now bleeding runs, chiefly through Umesh Yadav who has so far conceded 87 in 12 overs. Australia 284 for 3.

    11:12 a.m. Clarke gets his hundred, 19th of a career that is now blossoming as a captain. He took 133 balls to get there.

    10:55 a.m. 41st hundred for Ricky Ponting. The former Australian captain has re-discovered his roar with his second ton of the series, which came off 164 balls. Australia on top at 248 for 3.

    10:40 a.m. The way Clarke and Ponting are batting, scoring a century seems only a formality now. No fight being shown by the Indians on the field.

    10:10 a.m. India appealed for an obstructing-the-field dismissal as Clarke's bat came in the way of a throw at the stumps in the last over before tea. However, it has been turned down. With that, it's tea at 214 for 3; 116 runs in the session off 29 overs. No wickets lost. Australia 214 for 3; Ponting 91, Clarke 71.

    10 a.m. India's leather hunt continues. Australia cross 200, Ponting 12 short of another hundred, Clarke looking hard to dislodge. To sum up, India looking pedestrian.

    9:47 a.m. 13,000 Test runs for Ricky Ponting as he scores his 81st run. The 1000-run partnership follows between Clarke and Ponting as Australia reach 184 for 3.

    9:40 a.m. India continue to search for the fourth Aussie wicket. Meanwhile, Clarke too has brought up his half-century in 69 balls. Australia 181 for 3.

    9:25 a.m. Australia's run-rate has picked up after lunch. It's 3.6 now after 46 overs, which have produced 169 runs for the loss of three wickets.

    9:15 a.m. Australia cross 150! The recovery is complete now.

    9 a.m. Clarke has also settled in nicely as he crosses 30 and his partnership with Ponting goes past 60.

    8:45 a.m. The wicket seems to have eased out a lot in the afternoon session. No trouble whatsoever for Australia, while the Indian pacers seem to be suffering in hot, humid conditions.

    8:30 a.m. Both Ponting and Clarke have begun positively after lunch. Australia 117 for 3.

    8:20 a.m. Fifty for Ricky Ponting. And relatively quickly, coming off just 69 balls. He has got four Test hundreds in Adelaide. Is the fifth one on its way? Looking ominous for India.

    7:30 a.m. Lunch! Australia 98 for 3 in 29 overs. They recovered a little with the 53-run partnership between Cowan and Ponting but the former's dismissal just before lunch made it India's session - only just though.

    7:21 a.m. Ashwin breaks through, sends Cowan back! The left-handed opener drives one outside off stump but fails to keep it down as Laxman completes a neat catch at short cover. So just when Australia seemed to have recovered, they lose another wicket to make it 84 for 3.

    Ed Cowan c Laxman b Ashwin 30 (63)

    7:15 a.m. Australia have recovered with a fifty partnership between Ponting and Cowan. Just 15 minutes to lunch as the scoreboard reads 82 for 2.

    7 a.m. Ponting is looking more assured here. A signature pull followed by a customary punch through the point boundary. Ominous signs for India as the hosts reach 69 for 2.

    6:50 a.m. Cowan looks nicely settled. Ponting too is relatively comfortable on the crease. India shouldn't wait for things to happen after a good beginning. Meanwhile, Australia's score has crossed 50. It's 57 for 2.

    6:35 a.m. Drinks. Australia 44 for 2 after winning the toss. Good first hour for India.

    6:20 a.m. Ishant into the attack with Ashwin continuing from the other end. Perfect trap to catch Ponting?

    6:10 a.m. Ashwin clean bowls Marsh! The struggle for the new Australian No. 3 continues. He played down the wrong line to a flighted delivery that went past his front pad to hit the off stump. Marsh's scores in the series now read 0, 3, 0, 11, 3. Australia wobbling a bit at 31 for 2.

    Shaun Marsh b Ashwin 3 (12)

    6 a.m. Zaheer strikes! Warner walks back! The opener stayed on the back foot as Zaheer's ball seamed in, striking Warner on the knee roll that was good enough for the umpire to raise the finger. Australia 26 for 1.

    David Warner lbw b Khan 8 (23)

    5:45 a.m. Ashwin into the attack in just the fourth over of Australian innings. Warner effect?

    5:40 a.m. Confident start by the Australian openers David Warner and Ed Cowan. Looking nice and comfortable on a true surface.

    5:15 a.m. Must be a special moment for Nathan Lyon. He was a groundsman at this venue before playing for Australia and has replaced Mitchell Starc in the line-up.

    5 a.m. Australia win the toss! Michael Clark opts to bat first on a track that is expected to be good for batting on a warm Adelaide morning. Lyon replaces Starc for Australia. Two changes for India. Wriddhiman Saha replaces Dhoni, who is serving a one-Test ban, and R Ashwin comes in for Vinay Kumar.

    4:50 a.m. It's Adelaide - venue for the fourth and final Test between India and Australia. It's inconsequential as far as the series goes, which stands at 3-0 in favour of Australia. But for cricket's real romantics, it's the last chance to see VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar playing together in a Test in Australia, possibly anywhere as things stand in Indian cricket.

    But Laxman has his back to the wall, Dravid is repeatedly and unusually losing his stumps, Sachin keeps scratching his chin in search of that hundredth hundred and India fighting to avoid a consecutive whitewash overseas. Add to that a stop-gap captain - a woefully out-of-form Virender Sehwag - as MS Dhoni serves a one-Test ban for India's slow over-rate in the 'Perthquake'. Will pride at stake finally wake India up?

    The toss is just 10 minutes away.

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