Murali Vijay slams maiden overseas ton on surprisingly friendly English pitch

Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava

Nottingham: He missed out on a brilliant ton in South Africa by just three runs earlier this year, but Indian opener Murali Vijay was rewarded for his hard work as he slammed his first overseas ton, against England on the first day of the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Wednesday.

After MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first, Vijay hit three consecutive boundaries off the first over he faced from James Anderson. Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan added 33 runs for the first wicket, before the latter was brilliantly caught behind by Matt Prior off Anderson`s bowling.

The English bowlers struggled in the first session. Surprisingly, the wicket hardly had any swing in it to favour them. Vijay batted with sound technique and added another 73 runs for the second-wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.

After lunch, the Poms hit the ground running as both Anderson and Stuart Broad started getting some reverse swing. While a few wickets fell in quick intervals, an unperturbed Vijay maintained his concentration and was rewarded with his first overseas ton.

At stumps, Vijay was unbeaten on 122 and had added 81 runs with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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