Ponting, Zaheer involved in verbal duel

Zeecric Bureau

Mohali: Australian ugliness on cricket field once again came to the fore after their captain Ricky Ponting was seen pointing his bat towards Indian pacer Zaheer Khan after his dismissal.

Ponting, who was brilliantly run out by Suresh Raina, indulged in a verbal spat with Indian paceman Zaheer Khan when he was on his way to the pavilion.

Indian captain M S Dhoni, however, did not lose his cool and was seen pacifying a visibly upset Zaheer Khan.

Umpire Billy Bowden also intervened to defuse the tension.

It is ironical that the Australian captain had said before the start of the series that it would be just as crucial that both Test matches are played without controversy or rancour.

"Whenever I`ve spoken about this series over the last couple of weeks, I`ve said how important it is for the international game that this series is played in the right spirit," he had said on the eve of the Mohali Test.