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Clarke, Smith Punish India On Curtailed Day

Steve Smith raises his bat
Steve Smith made 163 not out as Australia dominated a shortened second day
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Australia 517-7 (Smith 162no, Warner 145) v
First Test, Adelaide, day two

Michael Clarke and Steve Smith both scored centuries despite only 30 overs of play being possible on day two of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval.

Clarke, who retired hurt on the opening day on 60, returned to make 128 while Smith converted his overnight 72 to 162 not out.

Resuming the day on 354 for six, Clarke joined forces with Smith and added 163 for the seventh wicket, the Australian captain completing his 28th Test century.

He and Smith took full advantage of a flat pitch and an Indian bowling attack that offered little threat to them throughout the day.

Smith hit 21 fours en route to a new career-best score and a fifth Test ton.

Clarke finally fell when he swept Karn Sharma (2-143) to Cheteshwar Pujara and Mitchell Johnson faced just four balls without scoring before play was abandoned for the day due to bad light.

David Warner hit 145 on day one to put Australia in a commanding position and even though so much time was lost today, India are under pressure.

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