Michael Clarke battled through pain to resume his innings on Day Two © Getty Images
Michael Clarke battled through pain to resume his innings on Day Two © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Dec 10, 2014

Early lunch was taken on Day Two of the first Test between Australia and India. Australia were 405 for six when the rain came down during the morning session. Michael Clarke is batting on 85, whereas Steven Smith is in sight of his fifth Test ton, batting on 98.

Amidst the gloomy weather, Clarke walked out to bat ending speculation surrounding his participation in the innings. Brad Haddin had been dismissed during the 90th over on Day One and play ended there. Clarke walked out to resume his innings on 60.

Through the innings, Clarke looked very uncomfortable. A couple of times, he grimaced in pain, particularly while playing the pull shot. However, he managed to fight it out and was inventive in the middle. Hanging back on the backfoot, he was as still as possible. He nonchalantly upper cut a couple over gully. It showed that he wasn’t at his best on the day.

At the other end, it was a different story as Steven Smith picked runs quite easily. The Indian bowlers fed him easy stuff outside the off-stump and he punched it quite easily. To start the day, Ishant Sharma had bowled it wide and he smashed it to get going. Smith had moved to 98 when play was called off.

Brief scores:

Australia 405 for 6 (David Warner 145, Michael Clarke 85*, Steven Smith 98*; Varun Aaron 2 for 109, Mohammed Shami 2 for 99) vs India.

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)