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Smith, Clarke take Aus past 500 on rainy day | Day 2, Aus vs Ind, 1st Test at Adelaide

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Just a little over 27 overs of cricket was possible on the second day’s play at the Adelaide Oval as the weather from being hot and sunny turned out to be heavily overcast. There were five stoppages in play and yet the Aussies took the game forward playing attacking cricket.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 10: Michael Clarke of Australia and Steven Smith leave the field for a rain delay after Clarke reached his century during day two of the First Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on December 10, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Skipper Michael Clarke who had retired hurt on 60 due to a back spasm on Day 1 surprised everyone by turning out to bat with Australia in a shaky position at 354 for 6. Joining Steven Smith, a half-fit Michael Clarke took the Indian bowling to the cleaners. The hosts smashed 51 runs in 12.2 overs before rain hit the ground for the second time leading to an early lunch. After a brief restart, play was stopped again by rain which disrupted the afternoon session as well. By then the 25-year-old Steven Smith had reached his 5th Test century.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 10: A groundsman clears water from the ground as rain delays play during day two of the First Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on December 10, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

After a long rain break, play restarted in the final session with Michael Clarke bringing up his 28th Test hundred. The Australian Captain was finally dismissed in the dying stages of Day 2 when he swept Karn Sharma into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at squareleg. Michael Clarke finished with 128 from 163 balls with 18 fours. Steven Smith raced away to 162 not out from 231 balls with 21 fours when play was finally called off due to bad light. Australia got to 517 for 7 in 120 overs at stumps on Day 2.

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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 10: Michael Clarke of Australia kisses his wife Kyly Clarke during a rain delay during day two of the First Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on December 10, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

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