Report card: Kaneria 7/10, Aussies 10/10

Associated Press

Sydney, Janaury 4:

Ricky Ponting scored 207 before his dismissal triggered a lower-order collapse on Tuesday, with Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria snaring seven wickets as Australia was bowled out for 568 in the third Test.

By stumps on the third day, Pakistan was 67 for one after facing 14.4 overs in its second innings, reducing Australia’s lead to 197 runs. Yasir Hameed was unbeaten on 40 and Younis Khan was on five. Salman Butt, who scored his maiden Test century in Pakistan’s first innings of 304, was caught at slip by Shane Warne off Stuart MacGill’s first ball.

That gave MacGill, who took five wickets in the first innings, 1-14 off three overs before bad light halted play five overs before the scheduled end.

Earlier, Ponting joined Sir Donald Bradman and Greg Chappell as the only Australians to compile four or more double hundreds in Tests when he drove Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to the boundary to reach 201.

Adam Gilchrist plundered 113 off 120 balls in a 153-run fifth-wicket stand with Ponting to notch his 13th Test hundred. He also surpassed 4,000 runs in his 93rd innings, making him the fastest of five wicketkeepers to reach that milestone.

Gilchrist belted Mohammad Asif for consecutive sixes to reach 94 and, needing one more to make it an even hundred, drove the next ball into the outfield and watched it bounce once across the boundary. He faced three more balls before driving another six to reach his hundred.

Gilchrist was stumped by Kamran Akmal off Kaneria’s bowling, trying to hit the spin-bowler out of the ground.

Ponting was also in attacking mood, stroking 30 fours in his 8-hour, 11-minute innings.

He made the most of his time at the crease and converted his hundred into a double for the third consecutive time. Ponting had two double centuries against India, including a career-high 257, in back-to-back Tests in December 2003.

Before combining with Gilchrist, he’d dominated partnerships of 174 with Damien Martyn (67) and 61 with Michael Clarke (35), going to the crease with Australia at 26/1 and ushering the hosts to 529/6 when he edged Naved-ul-Hasan onto his stumps.

Kaneria removed Watson, Glenn McGrath (9) and Shane Warne (16) and Naved (3-107) had Jason Gillespie (0) adjudged lbw as Australia’s last five wickets tumbled for 39 runs in eight overs. Kaneria finished with 7-188, his third seven-wicket haul in an innings and his best figures against Australia. It increased his haul to 101 wickets from 23 Tests.