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Ponting, Clarke Hit Double Hundreds as Australia Dominates India

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke hit double centuries as Australia amassed 604-7 declared before reducing India to 61-2 on day two of the final cricket Test.

Ponting hit 221 and Australia captain Clarke struck 210 at the Adelaide Oval as they shared a ground-record 386-run partnership. It was the fourth-highest stand by an Australian pair in elite Test matches.

Brad Haddin was on 42 and Ryan Harris on 35 when Clarke called Australia’s first innings to a close after the tea interval. Peter Siddle then removed Virender Sehwag for 18 and Ben Hilfenhaus bowled Rahul Dravid for 1. It was the sixth time the player nicknamed ‘The Wall’ was dismissed bowled in seven innings in the four-match series. Gautam Gambhir (30) and Sachin Tendulkar (12) made it to stumps without further loss.

Australia is seeking to wrap up a 4-0 sweep having already secured the Border-Gavaskar trophy by winning the first three matches.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Baynes at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

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