Shilpa C, Student, Apeejay Institute Of Mass Communication

India faced a battle to save the match following two early dismissals after Australia rode on double centuries by skipper Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting to declare at a mammoth 604/7 in the fourth and final Test. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid were the two early blows India suffered in their innings and neither the pitch nor the deliveries merited their dismissals. The Australian captain took just 275 balls for his 210 runs though he occupied the crease for 380 minutes. Clarke smacked 26 fours and a six. For the Indians, Ashwin took 3/194 from his 53 overs while Zaheer dismissed 2/96.

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