AUSTRALIA declared their first innings closed at 7-604 shortly after tea on Wednesday on a lifeless Adelaide Oval pitch.
Ponting made 221 and skipper Clarke hit 210. Their 386-run partnership in 380 minutes is the fourth-highest by an Australian pair for any wicket in Tests.
In reply India reached 2-61 at stumps with Sachin Tendulkar 12 not out and opener Gautam Gambhir on 30. India need another 343 to make Australia bat again in the match.
Virender Sehwag crunched 18 off 18 deliveries before chipping a full toss back to paceman Peter Siddle who took a one-handed catch with a leap to his right, striking with his first delivery of the match.
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