After a couple of spectator intrusions onto the arena during the afternoon, the ground PA announcer asked everyone to respect the players' workplace. This is the first time I can recall hearing that term used during a game, though it was an apt description of the Adelaide Oval for much of the day's play, during which Australia moved from 3/322, losing only 6 wickets in overtaking India's first innings score, then to 563 all out.
241 from 70 overs was hardly scintillating cricket yet this included two work
Clarke looked more fluent, yet he had his quiet passages and the scoring rate of his 118/242b was a tad slower than his captain's.
Everyone present looked forward to Adam Gilchrist's innings. As you'd expect he was given a standing ovation when he appeared at 6/490 He hit one 4, a straight drive which had Umpire Bowden ducking for cover, and seemed set to produce more when at 506 he was caught by Sehwag at cover off Irfan Pathan, for 14/18b. made in 19 minutes. He departed to another standing ovation.
At 6/506 Australia were close to overhauling India's first innings. They did so wiithout further loss: just. The 7th wicket fell at 527 and the rest didn't last long.
Of the the Indian bowlers though Ishant Sharma (40-6-115-3) was consistently good until he lost his rhythm in the later stages of the innings and Verinder Sehwag ((19-2-51-2) extracted more zip from the pitch than his fellow, and supposedly more proficient, offspinner Harhajan.
Irfan Pathan also had his moments during the 36 overs he bowled (for 3/112) but he still opened the batting in the second innings. It was hardly surprising that he didn't stay long: lbw Johnson 0. Sehwag and Rahul Dravid played out the 17 overs to stumps, watching the quick bowlers carefully. Sehwag was given a life by Michael Clarke in the slips off Brett Lee but took 20 from the three overs bowled by Andrew Symonds.
With one day's play, ie 90 overs, remaining the game looks set for a draw. There is little in the wicket or the course of the match so far to suggest that it will end otherwise, though if the Australian attack could, with support from the fielders, work through the formidable Indian batting line up, an Australian win may not be out of the question. It's hard to see how India can win from here: they would need to pile on the runs, declare and bowl Australia out. Unlikely in 90 (or considerably more) overs.