1st Test: Steven Smith, Michael Clarke tons drive Australia past 500 on Day 2
Live updates from day two of the 1st Test match being played between India and Australia at Adelaide Oval.
Adelaide: Rain interrupted second day entirely belonged to the home team as two of their batsmen -- Michael Clarke and Steven Smith -- crossed the hundred run-mark. For Indian bowlers it's a frustrating day as they only managed to pick up a sole wicket in the entire day, that too at the end of the day's play. The visiting teams bowling attack looked toothless and the result of that India are certainly at the back-foot in the opening Test of the four match series.
Over 120 || Score 517/7
Finally, Karn Sharma picked up his second wicket of the innings as he got the better of Michael Clarke, who swept the bowler straight into the hands of square-leg fielder. And after the completion of the over, field umpires decided to call stumps.
MJ Clarke c Pujara b KV Sharma 128 (244m 163b)
Over 118 || Score 509/6
First bowling change after the rain halt, as Ishant Sharma replaced Shami in 116th over. Meanwhile, Australia crossed 500-run mark as well. Clarke collected his 17th boundary off Karn Sharma through mid-wicket region in 117th over.
Over 116 || Score 494/6
In-form Smith has crossed the 150 run mark in the 115th over by taking a single off Shami. For the very first time he touched the mark of 150 in his Test career. What a fine batsman he has been turning out to be for the Aussies.
Over 114 || Score 483/6
Spinner Karn Sharma and pacer Mohammed Shami have started the bowing proceedings for India as the match starts one again after rain interruption. Tough and frustating day for Indian bowlers thus far.
Good news for cricket lovers. Rain has stopped once again and ground staff has started their work. The home team is at the driving seat as Indian bowlers have been struggled since morning. So far in the match three Australian batsmen have crossed the 100-run mark.
In 104th over, skipper Michael Clarke too completed his hundred by taking a single off speedster Varun Aaron. For the records it's his 28th Test ton and it's certainly the most emotional among all.
Steve Smith raises ton as rain disrupts play on Day 2
Steve Smith raised his fifth Test century and saluted his fallen Australia team-mate Phillip Hughes in between frustrating rain delays on the second day of the opening Test against India on Wednesday.
Smith clipped the first ball after lunch for two to bring up his hundred, touching off more tributes to Hughes who was fatally struck by a bouncer in a domestic game late last month.
He jogged away from the wicket and pointed towards the `408` -- Hughes`s Test cap number -- painted on the playing surface and then raised his bat and looked skywards in tribute to the batsman.
Smith then shared another long hug with batting partner Michael Clarke, who was also at the wicket when David Warner reached his century on day one.
The emotion continued when the crowd broke out into applause when the Australian total reached 408.
When rain forced the players from the field for a second time on day two, the home side were 423 for six with Smith unbeaten on 103 and Clarke nearing his 28th Test century on 98.
Clarke returned to the crease at the outset of day two and batted clearly in discomfort, but he provided dependable support for Smith.
Clarke, who needed injections to resume his innings after retiring hurt with a bad back on the opening day, grimaced and yelped in pain as he twisted his torso to play some shots.
His running between the wickets was constrained, but he and Smith kept the scoreboard ticking over with a handful of sweetly-timed boundaries.
The Australian skipper has earned a reputation for courageous displays. Last March he batted on with a fractured left shoulder in an unbeaten 161 to help his team to a 2-1 series victory over South Africa in Cape Town.
Clarke only played in the Adelaide Test after passing a fitness test for recurring hamstring trouble.
Team physio Alex Kountouris said he was struggling with a "significant back injury."
"This is his right lower back. This is his old injury, what he`s had in the past. I don`t think it`s directly related to his hamstring, because it`s the other side," Kountouris said before the start of Wednesday`s play.
"We believe it`s related to his old disc injuries. With that comes a lot of muscle spasms and other things that cause pain."
The morning session took place under cloudy skies with the ground`s floodlights switched on.