Australia vs India 1st Test Day 2: Smith and Clarke star on rain-affected day

Smith pays tribute to Phillip Hughes after scoring his century

Smith pays tribute to Phillip Hughes after scoring his century

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Australia batsman Steven Smith scored an unbeaten 162 and captain Michael Clarke made 128 as the pair continued to punish India on the second day of the first Test in Adelaide.

Starting out the day on 354/6, Smith and Clarke, who retired hurt on 60 on day one, amassed a 51-run partnership before the heavens parted.

After approximately two hours, the players came back out and Smith went on to score his fifth Test century before the rain returned once again.

After another two-hour break, the match resumed and Smith and Clarke ended up putting together an unbeaten 119-run partnership, during which Clarke brought up his 28th Test century, before the rain came back.

Just under an hour later, the rain stopped and the players came running out of the pavilion. Smith and Clarke managed to convert their 199-run partnership into a 163-run partnership, during which Smith surpassed the 150-run mark, before Clarke was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg off the bowling of debutant Karn Sharma.

Clarke’s spectacular knock of 128 came off 163 balls and included 18 boundaries.

Clarke hit 18 boundaries during his magnificent innings of 128

Clarke hit 18 boundaries during his magnificent innings of 128

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Just four balls later, the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day due to bad light.

Smith remained undefeated on a career-best 162, which came off 231 deliveries and included 21 boundaries.

Sharma was the only bowler to take a wicket on the second day.

Australia ended day two on 517/7 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 23:30 GMT.

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