Captain Michael Clarke totaling his maiden double hundreds and Ricky Ponting completed his century draught Australia a massive 291-run first innings advantage, ending the game of the second day at 482 for four in the second test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here Wednesday.
Clarke was batting on 251 along with Mike Hussey (55) and Australia seemed to have hit India out of second test have fired them by 191 runs in the first inning.
The 30-year-old Clarke and Ponting, who scored a 134 near faultless, punished the mediocre bowling and India crushed with its 288-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Clarke and Hussey's 157-run unfinished stand during the fifth wicket stacked in agony.
Clarke mesmerized the crowd SCG with a repertoire of shots and is now close to stay after record SCG 109-year Reginald Foster of England of 287. Clarke has already surpassed his previous best score of 168 against New Zealand in Wellington in 2010.
Clarke also become only the 13 player to score a double ton at the SCG and surpassed the legendary Don Bradman and Doug Walters to become the Australian more goals in the historic site.
Clarke hit 24 four and six in a memorable hit on the occasion of the hundredth test on the ground.
Australia, resuming on 116 overnight to three, scored 366 runs for the loss of one wicket during the day. at each session, more than 100 executions were marked as they was nothing in the wicket which could have helped the Indian bowlers. Pacers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma and off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin suffered more than 100 executions.
Clarke crossed the mark of three digits at the end of the opening session as Ponting 37-year-old reached 40th century of his test career of 160-game and his sixth to the ground shortly after the resumption.
Ponting was finally dismissed for 134, caught by Sachin Tendulkar at point off Ishant with the second new ball, after a 288-run partnership with Clarke who helped Australia recover from 37 for three.
The only time that Ponting came close to being fired during his knock of 225-ball, studded with 14 fours, was when he scampered for a single get his 100th race outside Ishant. Zaheer in campo limpo, but his pitch well-directed lost stumps-he had reached, Ponting would have been more than a half meter short of his ground.
But the Cricket gods were in Ponting's side and former Australian Captain picked up after the plunge and with his shirt covered with dirt, he raised his arms skyward to celebrate one of their most beloved centuries. Was a career defining innings and helps Ponting retains its position in the Australian team until at least the end of the summer.
Brief scores: India 191 (MS Dhoni 57 *, Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag juggling 41 30; James Pattinson 4 to 43, Peter Siddle 3 for 55) Australia 4 (soundtrack for Michael Clarke 482 251 *, 134 Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey 55 *; Zaheer Khan 3 to 106, Ishant Sharma 1 to 106) by 291 plays