India in Command With Pujara and Vijay’s Tons

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ndia has once again come in a strong position in the second test as Murli Vijay and Pujara both scored unbeaten centuries to put India in the lead of 74 runs over Australians. Pujara is not out at 162 whereas Vijay is unbeaten on 129.

The day started with Vijay and Sehwag on the crease as Australia had declared the first innings on the day

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one for 237 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. India started the morning session with 5 runs for no loss. Vijay needed to perform well in the test as he had failed in both the innings of the first test played at Chennai. He made sure this time that the runs come off his bat as he played patiently. However, Sehwag was again unable to perform as he fell for just 6 runs. After Sehwag’s departure, it was Pujara’s turn to perform in order to confirm his spot in the side. Both Pujara and Vijay played cautiously in the first session of the morning, scoring just 49 runs and played straight and avoided playing cross shots. As the day progressed and both the batsmen got well set, the couple started to come down the track to spinners, hitting the leg side, the off side and to the covers. Both were merciless and increased the run rate in every coming session. They scored a partnership of 106 runs in the second session and 151 runs after the tea in the final session. Pujara continued his good run of form in the domestic games where he scored double and triple centuries to score another 150 plus score. He scored from 100 to 150 runs in just 42 balls.

 

After tea, Michael Clarke took the new ball to stop the momentum of runs. However, both the bowlers (Pattinson and Siddle) were unable to make any impact and runs came with the same rate. India has still pure batsmen waiting on the bench for their turn in shape of Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli and Dhoni. Australia needs to take early wickets to have a chance to force a draw. The score board is as follows:

India 311 for 1 (Pujara 162*, Vijay 129*) lead Australia 237 for 9 dec by 74 runs

 

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