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Defiant Ponting knock holds India at bay

Sachin Tendulkar went on to make 214 in Bangalore, the sixth Test double century of his career.
Sachin Tendulkar went on to make 214 in Bangalore, the sixth Test double century of his career.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Australian captain Ricky Ponting makes a gallant 72 against India in Bangalore
  • Ponting helps the tourists reach 202 for seven, a lead of 185 runs with three wickets left
  • India end their first innings on 495, giving them an advantage of 17 runs
  • Sachin Tendulkar is eventually out for 214, the sixth double-century of his career
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  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Ricky Ponting
  • India
  • Australia
  • Cricket

(CNN) -- Australian captain Ricky Ponting made a gallant 72 as Australia defied India on the fourth day of the second Test match in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Ponting, who also scored a half-century in the first innings, helped the tourists reach 202 for seven -- after they slumped at one stage to 131 for five -- to leave them with a 185-run lead over the hosts with three wickets in hand.

Earlier, India took their overnight score of 435 for five to 495, giving them a slender first-innings advantage of 17 runs.

Sachin Tendulkar, who was on 191 overnight, recorded his sixth career double-century -- and his second in four Tests -- eventually being bowled by Peter George for 214 to give the Australian paceman his first-ever Test wicket.

However, Tendulkar's dismissal on 486 for five resulted in a lower-order collapse as the last five Indian wickets fell for only nine runs.

A victory in Bangalore will see Australia tie the two-Test series after India claimed a dramatic one wicket win in the first Test in Mohali.