"I think it was really good batting by Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke, they really took the game away from us in the second session," Ashwin told reporters.
"They are a few seniors in the team who have already told us about how the first innings pans out at Adelaide Oval and how good it is for batting for the first three-four days of the game and then it really changes in the second innings.
"So we are really confident about it and we have to turn up tomorrow and try to take a few early wickets."
Dhoni was banned for one match by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after India failed to keep to an acceptable over rate in the third test. Image: India's players celebrate the dismissal of Australian batsman Ed Cowan during the first day of their tour match against Australia during the cricket test series in Adelaide, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.
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