Murali Vijay, Pujara tons help India reach in commanding position

 

Nagpur, Nov 25  Indian top-order batsmen Murali Vijay and Murali Vijay continued to pile domination on Sri Lanka, posting 185/1 at Tea on Day 2 of the second Test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium here on Saturday.

Vijay brought up his 10th Test ton hitting 128 off 221 balls, before getting out to Herath while Pujara scored (109 off 260 balls) 18th century and it was his longest half-century in the longest format of the game to help India trail by 20 runs when umpires called it an end to the second session. 

The top-order Indian batsmen moulded a healthy unbeaten 178-run partnership for the second-wicket, leaving the Sri Lanka bowlers frustrated. 

Resuming the play, the Saurashtra batsman stood tall on the stumps sending the loose deliveries to the fence. His 183-ball innings was laced with nine boundaries. 

The Tamil Nadu batsman, who marked his return in the Test cricket with a century looked to be the aggressor out of the two, occasionally stepping out of the crease to sent the ball to the fence. 

On the other hand, Sri Lanka bowlers were left in misery, failing to find the trick to clinch wickets on the second consecutive session of the day. 

Brief Scores: India 292/2, lead by 87 runs, Pujara 114 runs off 270 balls while  Kohli batting on 41 runs off 54 balls, at the time of writing story.

(IANS)