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    Aus- Ind, 2nd Test Day 3: As it happened

    Gautam Gambhir hits Ricky Ponting of Australia as he fields in close during day three at the SCG.

    Gautam Gambhir hits Ricky Ponting of Australia as he fields in close during day three at the SCG. (Getty Images)

    12.00 p.m India were 114/2 in their second innings , still 354 runs in the deficit after Australia declared at a mammoth 659/4, at the end of the third day which saw Michael Clarke scoring a brilliant triple century - the first by an Australian captain - and Mike Hussey getting to his 16th Test ton.

    11:45 a.m. Eight maidens in a row now! India are playing for stumps. Both Gambhir and Sachin are not taking any chances, leaving every delivery missing the off-stump. And though Australia are keeping the Indian batsmen in check they will be disappointed of the fact that they should have made them play more often.

    11:15 a.m. Dravid gets bowled again! It's thrice in four innings now that the Wall has been breached by the Aussie pacemen. This time it was Hilfenhaus who goes through the defences of Dravid, bowling him through the gate between bat and pad.

    R Dravid b Hilfenhaus 29 (73)

    10:40 a.m. India start the innings after tea in a positive note, putting every loose ball away for boundaries. Gambhir completes the much-needed half-century, while Dravid is playing in his usual assured sense.

    9:40 a.m. Gautam Gambhir plays few classical cover drives in his brief unbeaten knock of 39 and Rahul Dravid is accompanying him on 7 as India go to tea at 53/1, still 415 runs behind the Australian total of 659/4d.

    9:15 a.m. Sehwag goes! The tired legs of the Indian opener didn't move an inch while flashing a wide swinging delivery of Hilfenhaus, giving Warner tough chance which he converted into a catch.

    V Sehwag c Warner b Hilfenhaus 4 (8)

    8:45 a.m. Clarke declares Australia innings! A brave decision we must say! When the stage was perfectly set for the Aussie skipper to go on and break the highest score by an individual in Test cricket, he decides the 468-run lead will be more than enough to test the tired legs of the Indian batsmen. Clarke (329*) declares the innings at 659/4, as soon as Hussey brings up his 150th run.

    8:15 a.m. Clarke hits his maiden triple ton! Pup becomes the first Australian to score a triple ton as skipper. The 30-year-old reaches the landmark by flicking Ishant Sharma off his pads for a boundary. Saying India is looking out of sort will be an understatement as they are being hammered mercilessly by Clarke and Hussey. The stand between the two now goes past 300.

    7:00 a.m. Mike Hussey (111) brings up his 16th Test century, while Clarke closes on to his maiden triple ton as Australia pile on more runs to stretch their lead to 392 by finishing at 583/4 at lunch on day three on Thursday.

    Hussey, who joined Clarke after the fall of Ricky Ponting's wicket mid-way on day two, strings another mammoth partnership (258) for Australia with skipper Clarke, who remains unbeaten on 293 at the break.

    6:15 a.m. India keep Australia in check! Wicket still hasn't come but India have dried the flow of runs. Ishant, in particular, is on the mark from ball one, bowling consistently in the good length area and beating the bat regularly.

    5:30 a.m. Australia touch 500 mark! Unlike yesterday, India keep Australia in check in the first half hour of play, giving away 19 runs. Dhoni has also set a little for attacking field than what he said done so far in the match.

    4:40 a.m. Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the third day of the second Test between Australia and India from the SCG. Things are looking ominous for India after the first two days of the Test match, and only a Herculean effort - first from their bowlers and then batsmen - could spare them from blushes. The visitors will also hope that the clouds that gathered in the evening session on Wednesday burst at some stage on Thursday, giving them a breathing space and a chance of at least saving the game.

    Day 1 summary:

    Skipper Michael Clarke brought up his maiden double-ton in Test cricket and veteran batsman Ricky Ponting scored his 40th Test century as Australia powered to 482 for 4 at stumps, 291 runs ahead with six first-innings wickets still in hand, after the visitors were bowled out for 191 on the opening day.

    Clarke (251*) and Michael Hussey (55*) were the batsmen at the crease at the end of play on the second day. Carrying on from their overnight score of 116 for 3, the hosts seized the initiative right from the beginning as Clarke and Ponting added 120 in the opening session, with the Aussie skipper bringing up his 18th Test century.

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