I tried live blogging the entire first day, but the time difference got the better of me. When 3 a.m. came around, I lost all consciousness and drifted off. The woeful speed of play had something to do with it; Australia — which had promised to bring its modern game to India’s more “traditional” brand of attrition — moved at a glacial pace, scoring I think about 3 runs an over.
Still, while Ponting got the better of the bowlers on this occasion, there was enough friction early on to stir memories of Perth. This is the best compilation of that infamous exchange between Ishant Sharma and Ricky Ponting. I know I’ve posted other videos before, but this one does the best job. See below: