RICKY Ponting has been dismissed for 134, falling victim to the second new ball.
Ishant Sharma finally removed the former skipper who squeezed a catch to Sachin Tendulkar.
Ponting received another standing ovation as he left the Sydney Cricket Ground after scoring his first Test ton in nearly two years.
The 37-year-old shared a 288 run partnership with captain Michael Clarke, who came to the crease with Australia reeling at 3-37.
Clarke earlier reached 150 and is continuing to take the match away from India.
Ricky Ponting has reached his first Test century in almost two years after being stuck on 97 during the lunch break.
Ponting received a standing ovation from the SCG crowd that included his wife Rianna who was nursing their second daughter Matisse Ellie.
However, the 37-year-old would have been run out on 99 if the fielder had hit the stumps when Ponting pushed a quick single.
It was the former skipper’s first Test ton since a double century in January 2010 at Bellerive Oval against Pakistan.
Captain Michael Clarke reached his century in the last over before lunch but could not get his former boss back on strike.
Ponting faced the first over after lunch and went from 97 to 99 with a push off his pads then sent Clarke back from attempting a disastrous run on the last ball of the over.
He finally reached the milestone in the fourth over after the restart with a push to mid-on and a dive to try and make his ground.
Former skipper Ricky Ponting will endure a nervous lunch break, stuck on 97 runs in the second Test against India.
Captain Michael Clarke reached his century with a beautiful drive through cover in the last over before lunch but could not get Ponting back on strike.
It will be the 37-year-old’s first Test century in almost two years if he can find the three more runs when play resumes.
Ponting began this morning on 44 with Clarke on 47. The pair piled on the runs to be 3-236 at lunch on day two.
Ricky Ponting has made a half century alongside captain Michael Clarke as Australia looks to press its advantage in the second Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ponting posted his 61st half century and will be keen to convert it into his first Test century in nearly two years. The 37-year-old has scored 1390 runs at the SCG in 16 Tests at 66.19, including five hundreds.
Clarke and Ponting resumed this morning on 47 and 44 respectively with Clarke the first to pass 50. Australia is 3/136 in reply to India’s 191.
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