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By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Dec 10, 2014

With only 30 overs bowled on Day Two of the first Test against India at Adelaide Oval, Australia stretched their score to 517 for seven. Putting tragedy behind them, the Australian batsmen set off on a task to make their former teammate proud. David Warner, Steven Smith and Michael Clarke scored great tons and their celebrations reflected the general mood in the Australian crowd. Warner had that trademark leap in play, but there was no exuberance as he glanced at the heavens. Smith walked over to the ‘408’ mark on the field. Clarke battled pain to get the special hundred and had tears in his eyes on reaching the milestone.

The Indian bowling was inconsistent throughout the innings. With the exception of Ishant Sharma, the other frontline bowlers struggled and were too expensive. Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron had started off with the new ball and tried to attack the openers. However, they provided too much of width and Warner blazed away to a great start. Karn Sharma, the debutant, managed two wickets but was also too expensive. Shami, Aaron and Karn conceded over 100 runs.

On Day One, Warner was attacking through the innings. He peppered the off-side with some delightful strokes. His ton was almost a run-a-ball and looked good for more before being dismissed for 145. Australia did lose a few wickets in the evening session on Day One, but Steven Smith had held them together with his innings of 72 not out. Perhaps one of the biggest developments of Day One was Clarke retiring hurt on 60. He looked uncomfortable through the innings and wasn’t getting forward well.

While Clarke walked off, he returned the next morning to join Smith. Battling immense pain, he went on to get his 28th Test ton. It was clear that he wasn’t 100 percent fit. When there was width on offer, he would sway out and try to cut it over gully.

If India had redeemed themselves a touch at the end of Day One, they squandered any advantage they had to bowl Australia out. They were inconsistent in their lines and were picked away quite easily by Clarke and Smith, but piled the runs on the board.  Play resumed intermittently on Day Two and it was quite frustrating as they kept going off. By the evening, it was clear that they could not return to play. Clarke had been dismissed in the last over before the final stoppage.

Brief scores:

Australia 517 for 7 (David Warner 145, Michael Clarke 128, Steven Smith 158*; Varun Aaron 2 for 136, Mohammed Shami 2 for 129, Karn Sharma 2 for 143) 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)