Smith's unbeaten ton on day two of Adelaide Test keeps Proteas in hunt

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 10:00 hrs

A battling unbeaten century by captain Graeme Smith kept South Africa afloat as the tourists set about matching Australia's first innings total of 550 on the second day of the second Test in Adelaide.

Smith was 111 not out at the close out of a total of 212 for two as the first day batting heroics of home captain Michael Clarke were brought to an abrupt halt, the Telegraph reports.

The Proteas ended the day 333 runs behind and also had the satisfaction of bringing Clarke's impressive innings to an end, the paper added.

Morne Morkel (five for 146) was the star in the morning as Australia was bowled out just before lunch for 550, only James Pattinson (42) offering any resistance, it said.

Thereafter it was all about Smith, Alviro Petersen (54) and Jacques Rudolph (25 not out) as South Africa looked to keep a foothold in the Test, it reported.

After registering a record fourth double century of the year on a day when Australia scored 482 runs, Clarke would have hoped for more of the same today.

But it was not to be as, in the fifth over of the day, he was trapped on the crease and bowled by Morkel, who then got Matthew Wade to edge behind moments after Australia had passed 500.

With Smith on 111 and Rudolph looking set much will depend on how South Africa start the third day as they look to haul themselves back into the match. (ANI)

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