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Nottingham Test: India Gain Foothold against England; Murali Vijay Shines with Striking Ton

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Nottingham Test: India Gain Foothold against England; Murali Vijay Shines with Striking Ton

July 10
15:04 2014

muraliEngland, Thursday, July 10 – Nothing could have been better than the start what team India earned on the first day of Nottingham Test match against England. Facing a humiliating defeat in 2011, the guest seemed all set to keep bad memories of the tour in a side this time. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan kicked off the innings, but first jolt came early when 28 year old Dhawan succumbed to James Anderson when he was batting at the score of 12.

Anderson gave the Indian team a double shock dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara (38 runs of 69 balls: 4 x 7). The new batsman Virat Kohli (1 run of 8 balls) failed to mesmerize audience with the kind of shots he plays post throwing his wicket to Stuart Broad. Vijay keenly looked for a partnership that was fulfilled to some extent by Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 32 runs, hitting four boundaries. However, the right-arm fast bowler Liam Edward Plunkett sent Rahane back to the pavilion, shattering his dream to stay on the crease for a long time. Wickets kept falling from one end but the 30-year-old Chennai born cricketer Vijay stood rock sold and hit maiden overseas Test hundred, taking team’s total to 259 after the loss of four wickets at stumps.

On a first day of Investec Test series, he made 122 runs (6 x 1 and 4 x 20). The players stayed not out, along with captain Dhoni, who struck half-century sending the ball outside the boundary for 5 times. India are on a strong side, though, a miss can make them fall in troublesome situation in the rest of the days. All-rounders Stuart Binny & Raindra Jadeja, Bhubhneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Shami Ahmed are yet to bat. It would be interesting to watch whether Indian squad gets the success in scoring big or not in the ongoing tournament, to automatically inflict pressure on the hosting country England.

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