The Australian batsmen continued to dominate the Indian bowlers on Day 2 of India vs Australia and it was only the rain that offered some respite for India. The hosts ended the day at 517/7 and are firmly in the driver’s seat.
It was a pleasing sight for every cricket fan to watch Michael Clarke coming out to bat again. The Australian captain had to leave the field following a back injury when he was batting on 60 on Day 1 and questions about his level of fitness were not yet put to rest. Clarke answered well with his bat, although he did not seem fully comfortable on the crease.
Rain holds up Australia
Australia resumed their innings from 354-6. After a few overs were bowled in the first session, it started to drizzle and the players had to leave the field with Steve Smith close to his century.
It did not take long for the young middle order batsman to score his 5th ton after resumption of play. Smith first saluted the crowd and then walked towards the honorary ‘408’ mark on the field to dedicate his innings to Phillip Hughes. He was later greeted by Clarke, who was at the non-striker end.
The heavens opened up once again and this time it was the Aussie skipper who was just 2 runs away from scoring another remarkable century. The players went into the lunch break and by the time play continued, almost 50 overs were lost due to the rain.
Smith, Clarke break loose as Australia cruise past 500
Michael Clarke’s rich form against India continued as he notched up his 28th test century. It was an emotional knock for Michael Clarke as he battled a recent tragedy as well as his recurring back pain and yet stood firm to score runs. On reaching his ton, Clarke raised his bat towards the skies and dedicated his innings to his deceased mate even as he wiped off a tear.
It was Clarke’s 7th ton at this venue and the Australian skipper has a staggering average of 107 at the Adelaide oval. Smith and Clarke then went hammer and tongs at the Indian bowling as they went past the 500 run mark without any trouble.
The Indian bowling unit were helpless as they could not control the flow of runs. They continued to offer more width to the batsmen, who put the ball away to the fence with ease. Shami, Aaron and Ishant kept running in earnestly but seemed to work against the set batsmen and an Adelaide wicket which seems to be ideal for batsmen.
A wicket finally:
Karn Sharma was unlucky to when a stumping was missed off his bowling with Steve Smith being the beneficiary. Karn was luckier when he came on to bowl what became the last over of the day due to bad light.
Karn flighted in a slower delivery and Clarke knelt to sweep the ball away to the deep square leg fence. He mistimed the sweep and ended up top-edging the ball to Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg. Clarke and Smith had added 163 runs in 39 overs at a rate of 4.1 runs per over. The score read 517-7 at stumps.
What can we expect from Day 3?
Australia might declare overnight and it will be interesting to see the Indian response against Mitchell Johnson. The objective will be to spend some time on the wicket and score runs as the match seems to have tilted heavily in favor of the hosts.
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