Pu­jara, Vi­jay hit tons as In­dia reach 319-4

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RA­JKOT: Mu­rali Vi­jay and Chetesh­war Pu­jara hit cen­turies and shared a stand of 209 to lead In­dia to 319-4 in their first in­nings on the third day of the open­ing test yes­ter­day, trail­ing Eng­land by 218 runs. Lo­cal boy Pu­jara struck his ninth test hun­dred be­fore he was out for 124 while Vi­jay fell in the penul­ti­mate over of the day for 126 af­ter his sev­enth cen­tury.

In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli was un­beaten on 26 af­ter night­watch­man Amit Mishra fell with­out scor­ing in the last over bowled by left-arm spin­ner Za­far An­sari. It was a tough day for Eng­land’s at­tack. They toiled through a wick­et­less sec­ond ses­sion but picked up three af­ter tea. The tour­ing side, who posted a huge 537 in the first in­nings of the five­match series, made an early break­through af­ter In­dia had re­sumed on 630 when pace­man Stu­art Broad trapped Gautam Gamb­hir leg be­fore with his first delivery of the morn­ing.

The left-han­der missed a straight delivery from Broad, who is play­ing in his 100th test, and was out for 29. Pu­jara joined Vi­jay at the crease and soon found his rhythm with some crisply driven bound­aries. The 28-year-old Pu­jara, con­sid­ered a spe­cial­ist test bats­man, thrived against Eng­land’s spin bowlers but needed all of his de­fen­sive guile to ne­go­ti­ate a hos­tile spell from Chris Woakes when the fast bowler hit him three times on the hel­met. Pu­jara scam­pered for a sin­gle off Woakes to get to three fig­ures and the sparse crowd ap­plauded. He was fi­nally dis­missed when he guided Ben Stokes to Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook at slip. Vi­jay, who hit nine fours and four sixes, reached his cen­tury with two bound­aries off Broad and put on 41 with Kohli for the third wicket. Broad should have had Vi­jay’s wicket when the bats­man was dropped on 66 by 19-year-old debu­tant Haseeb Hameed as he dived to his left in the cov­ers. Pu­jara was given out leg be­fore off An­sari on 86 but over­turned the um­pire’s ver­dict through the De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem (DRS) that is mak­ing its de­but in a bi­lat­eral series in In­dia. Re­views showed the ball was go­ing over the stumps. Leg-spin­ner Adil Rashid got Vi­jay’s wicket when he was caught at short leg by Hameed. — Reuters

RA­JKOT: Eng­land’s wick­et­keeper Jonny Bairstow (left) and Haseeb Hameed take eva­sive ac­tion as In­dia’s Chetesh­war Pu­jara plays a shot on the third day of the first Test cricket match be­tween In­dia and Eng­land at the Saurash­tra Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sta­dium in Ra­jkot yes­ter­day. — AFP

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