2nd Test, Day 1: Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane guide India to 311/4 against Oz

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2nd Test, Day 1: Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane guide India to 311/4 against Oz

Over 83 || Score 311/4

India are in a comfortable position after first day's play, courtesy to opener Murali Vijay, who slammed a magnificent ton on the opening day of the second Test at the Gabba. He made full use of the chances he got in the beginning of his innings during his 144-run knock. At stumps, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were on 75 and 26 respectively. Australian speedster Josh Hazelwood too looked impressive on his debut, as he picked up two wickets in the form of Pujara and Kohli. But it was undoubtedly a tough day for the Aussies, who only managed to pick up four wickets. It won't be wrong to say that first day belonged to the visitors.           

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Over 80 || Score 298/4

Last ten overs have left in today's play and if India managed to survive without losing any further wicket, it would be an excellent day for India at office. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma are in the middle and are looking positive. After a prolific ton by opener Vijay, Rahane too is in line to add another ton under his belt.       

Over 77 || Score 277/4

Big blow for India. Lyon picked up the wicket of centurion Murali Vijay. The dashing opener came down the ground to hit the offie out of the park, but missed the line and Haddin within a flash, dislodges the bails. Rohit Sharma is the new man in and he is hitting the ball well. In the 76th over bowled by Lyon, Rohit smashed the bowler for a six and then a boundary off the next as he has quickly moved to 13 off 14 balls.          

M Vijay c Haddin b Lyon 144 (332m 213b)

Murali Vijay fifty takes India to 151/3 at tea 

Opener Murali Vijay continued with his rich vein of form as he struck an unbeaten 73 to take India to 151 for three against Australia at tea on the opening day of the second cricket Test, here today.

It is Vijay's ninth half-century in Test cricket and his third successive score of 50-plus after 53 and 99 in the first Test at Adelaide.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan (24) in the morning session while Cheteshwar Pujara (18) and Virat Kohli (19) were dismissed in the post-lunch session.

Pujara was unlucky to be given out caught behind by umpire Ian Gould as the ball had come off his helmet's visor while dodging a short delivery from debutant paceman Josh Hazlewood (2/21).

Hazlewood also accounted for Kohli when the batsman went for a cut but the ball was too close to the body for the shot and edged it behind.

Vijay was rock solid on the other end, having faced 157 balls. In the post-lunch session, he had Pujara with him in the middle and they looked to increase their 33-run stand for the second wicket.

Vijay brought up his fifty in the first over after the lunch break with a cover drive off Starc. The hosts suffered another injury blow as Mitchell Marsh (1-14) hobbled off with a right hamstring pull.

Young skipper Steve Smith then deployed his two left-arm pacemen Mitchell Johnson (0/36) and Mitchell Starc (0/38) in tandem but it didn?t have much impression on the two batsmen, who looked to leave the ball as much as possible.

The 100-run mark came up for India in the 31st over and the duo had added 44 runs until then, looking good for a lot more. But umpire Ian Gould ended Pujara's innings with his decision in the 34th over.

The batsman was stunned by the horrible decision and was almost reluctant to walk back to the dressing room.

Twin-centurion from the first Test, Kohli (19) then walked to the middle. He added 37 runs for the third wicket with Vijay before edging one behind off Hazlewood again.

The lanky pacer bowled a fine spell this afternoon and immediately had new batsman Rahane in all sorts of trouble.

He squared him up off the first delivery Rahane faced.

Then Hazlewood nearly had a return catch as the ball lobbed off his bat but fell just out of reach. Even as Rahane struggled to retain composure, Vijay meanwhile stayed solid at the other end, as India's 150-mark came up in the 50th over.

Earlier, Vijay and Dhawan looked solid even as Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson moved the new ball well but could not create enough chances to trouble the batsmen.

Vijay was quickly off the blocks and kept the score-card ticking. In the first hour of play, wherein 12 overs were bowled, 49 runs came without any loss as the Indian openers moved along at more than four per over.

The 50-run mark came up for India in the 13th over, a first instance since Lord?s in 2011 when the opening pair had put up a 50-plus partnership in overseas Tests.

Back then too, a Delhi-Tamil Nadu partnership was at the crease as Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund had put on 63 runs against England. But Vijay-Dhawan couldn't do as much as the latter was caught behind off Mitchell Marsh (1/13) in the 14th over with the score reading 56.

Vijay should have been out as well, when in the very next over, Shaun Marsh dropped him off Johnson at third slip. He was on 36 at that moment and was lucky enough to be still at the crease at the lunch break.

Spinner Nathan Lyon (0/9) was introduced into the attack in the 18th over but it was late in comparison to the Adelaide Test when he had bowled in both Indian innings within the first ten overs.

Perhaps, Australia's 45th Test captain, Smith wanted his pacers to extract more help from the bouncy Gabba wicket, apart from Hazlewood they weren't really on the money.

Johnson and Mitchell Starc (0-17) were expensive, while Mitchell Marsh started in the same fashion though he later recovered his rhythm and bowled economically. Even so, India had more reason to be pleased with this first session after opting to bat first.