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Richie pointing in form
John F Williams | 24 Jan 2012

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting hit his 61st half-century soon after lunch on the first day of the fourth and final Test against India at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

PONTING AND Clarke took the Australian first innings to 154 for 3 at lunch on a hot sunny day. Ravichandran Ashwin stuck again just before lunch as he scalped Aussie opener Ed Cowan to break the vital third wicket stand between the southpaw and Ponting. The pair added valuable 53 runs partnership to revive Aussie innings after early blows.

Australia lost David Warner and Shaun Marsh in quick succession after skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat.

Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan trapped the dangerous Warner, who shuffled across a bit to work it but missed and was caught plumb in front of the wicket. Warner got the man of the match award for his match winnings 180 runs knock in the third Test but could not continue his form as he contributed only 8 runs. Ahwin took 2 Wickets while Zaheer has to be contended with one Wicdket so far.