Australia close on India whitewash; Panesar has Pakistan in a spin

Australia are close to securing a whitewash series win and inflicting an eighth Test defeat in a row on India.

Story highlights

  • Australia are closing in on a 4-0 Test series win against India in Adelaide
  • The tourists are 166-6, chasing 500 to avoid an eighth Test defeat in a row
  • Monty Panesar took three wickets as England seized control against Pakistan
  • Pakistan are currently 125-4 in their second innings, a lead of 55 heading into day four
India are on the brink of a 4-0 series defeat against Australia after a batting collapse saw them slip to 166-6 on day four of the final Test in Adelaide.
The hosts declared on 167-5 before lunch, with former captain Ricky Ponting continuing his recent renaissance by hitting an unbeaten 60 -- which left India chasing 500 to win.
The veteran Ponting, who smashed 221 in the first innings, has hit his first centuries since being replaced as captain by Michael Clarke early last year.
In response, the tourists lost opener Gautam Gambhir for just three after he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off the pace bowling of Ryan Harris.
After a solid start, India lost four wickets for just 66 runs to be left facing the prospect of an eighth Test defeat in a row.
Sachin Tendulkar remained stuck again on 99 international centuries -- his last against South Africa at the 2011 World Cup in March last year.
The 37-year-old was dismissed for just 25 by spinner Nathan Lyon. Tendulkar had scored a century in each of his previous four series in Australia.
Virender Sehwag, deputizing as captain for the banned Mahendra Singh Dhoni, offered some resistance, hitting 62 off 53 balls before being caught by Ponting of the bowling of Lyon.
Australia now have the entire final day to take the final four Indian wickets and seal a comprehensive Test and series win.
In Abu Dhabi, spinner Monty Panesar was the hero as England took control against Pakistan on day three of the second Test.
Allrounder Stuart Broad hit an unbeaten 58 as England established a first-innings lead of 70.
Panesar struck early as Pakistan tried to respond, trapping opener Mohammad Afeez leg before wicket for 22.
Graeme Swann, also a spin bowler, then removed second opener Taufeeq Umar to leave Pakistan struggling on 29-2.
Panesar took two further wickets before stumps -- dismissing the middle-order pairing of Younis Khan, who scored just one and Misbah Ul-Haq, who added 12 -- to leave Pakistan on 125-4, a lead of 55.
Azhar Ali remains unbeaten on 46 alongside Asad Shafiq, who is 35 not out. Pakistan currently lead the three-match series 1-0.