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Clarke departs, India on top

The second day belonged to India as piled the runs and also dismissed four Australian wickets.Ball-by-ball commentary

cricket Updated: Oct 18, 2008 21:08 IST
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After the overnight euphoria of Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian batsmen continued to add to their team's score. The nightwatchman, Ishant Sharma, was removed early by debutant Siddle.

The new man in was skipper MS Dhoni, who was in the attacking mode from the beginning. He also hit the first six of the Indian innings. Ganguly on the other end was quietly building his innings. India were 346/6.

Both Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni were playing very sensibly to take the Indian innings past the 400 mark. Both the batsmen were punishing any bad deliveries and also gathering valuable singles to keep the scoreboard moving. India were 400/6 at lunch.

Sourav Ganguly is a man who lives on his own terms. He made the decision to retire after the series and he slammed a century to add the icing on the cake. The innings comes in the right time, when everybody questioned his abilities. India were 434/6.

Shortly after completing his hundred, Sourav Ganguly went after Cameroon White only to get the leading edge and was caught at mid-off. He went for 102. India were 435/7.

India lost their eighth wicket as Harbhajan Singh played a lazy shot and left a big gap between his bat and pad, allowing the ball to rattle the stumps. India were 448/8.

MS Dhoni, displayed some of the attacking shots in his arsenal as he thrashed the ball all over the park. He smashed some big hits to get India closer and closer to 500. In this process, Zaheer Khan was also run out trying to steal a run. India were 469/9.

Dhoni lost his wicket as he tried to steal a single. He was caught right in front of the stumps as Siddle wrapped up the Indian innings. India finished on 469.

The Australian innings got off to the worst possible start as Matthew Hayden went without troubling the scorers. Zaheer Khan again got his man as he rattled Haydens stumps on the fourth ball of the Australian innings. The new man in was Ricky Ponting. Australia were 0/1.

Australia then lost skipper Ricky Ponting early, as he again fell victim to Ishant Sharma, as he caught him right in front. Australia were 17/2.

Amit Mishra got his first Test wicket as he dismissed Simon Katich to make Australai three down. Katich got an inside edge as the ball rolled on to the stumps and disturbed the leg stump. Australia were 62/3.

Mishra then caught Michael Clarke right in front in front in the last over of the day to finish a fine day for India. Australia lost their fourth wicket and ended day two on 102/4.