2nd Test: Murali Vijay Scores 10th Century, India In Control

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When Rangana Herath (0/26 in 15 overs) flighted one inviting Pujara to come out, he promptly did so by flicking it to the vacant mid-wicket boundary. He failed to connect, and the ball took the top edge to land in the hands of a strategically placed short fine-leg fielder.

Perera had dropped Vijay on 61 at short mid-on off paceman Lahiru Gamage and the spill proved costly for the visitors who managed only one wicket in the day.

Indian bowlers struck at regular intervals to bring in advantage for the home team, which the batsmen must hold on to take lead in the series after rain played spoilsport to rob them a victory in the first test at the Eden Gardens.

"Any day I will take this. I just want to contribute whenever I get an opportunity to play for India". After the tough start, Vijay scored 102 off the last 135 balls he faced even as Pujara maintained a more moderate acceleration.

Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul have been India s first-choice Test openers while Vijay was away recovering from his wrist surgery, but he insists it doesn t bother him.

"I feel as a professional you should always be ready whether you get a chance or not", he said.


"Playing for India is hard and whoever gets a chance, I wish them luck". It is hard but I am used to it by now. With the help of their mammoth partnership, the duo surpassed the likes of Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane and Sachin Tendulkar & Sourav Gaungly to set a new record for India.

"It happened with KL initially, it happened with Shikhar in between, and now that Shikhar and KL have been playing well, it is very hard to pick two out of three when all three are so good and have done so well".

Kohli hit a 66-ball half-century and has smashed six boundaries so far.

Asked how he dealt with the game of musical chairs among the openers, the stylish batsman said: "I really don't have to deal as long as I am happy and comfortable in my space; that's all I wanted to be and if I am able to achieve that on a consistent basis, I think I am doing a good job". You try and bat for a day and a bit if you win the toss.

The Tamil Nadu lad went on to draw a parallel between himself and teammate Cheteshwar Pujara, with whom he stitched a fabulous partnership on the second day of the Nagpur Test.

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