Nottingham, July 9
Murali Vijay’s fourth Test century and MS Dhoni’s 30th Test fifty helped India finish on a strong 259/4 at stumps on day one of the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.Murali Vijay struck an unbeaten century as India recovered from a post-lunch wobble to reach a decent 259 for four at the end of the the opening day of the first Test against England here today.Vijay (122 not out) notched up his fourth Test century to steer the visitors to a comfortable position after being reduced to 107 for three just at the start of the second session at Trent Bridge.
“I had been hitting the ball well in practice games and in the nets. So I was in a positive frame of mind and wanted to give the team a good start. The pitch was good to bat on and I wanted to cash in this opportunity. I have dreamt of this and it is a happy feeling for me,” said Vijay at the press conference after the day’s play.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50 not out off 64 balls) was giving Vijay company at close on an absorbing opening day’s play. Vijay decorated his 294-ball stay at the crease with 20 boundaries and one six, while Dhoni struck five fours en route to his half-century.
James Anderson (2/70), Stuart Broad (1/26) and Liam Plunkett (1/56) were the only wicket-takers for England.
Vijay not out 122
Dhawan c Prior b Anderson 12
Pujara c Bell b Anderson 38
Kohli c Bell b Broad 1
Rahane c Cook b Plunkett 32
Dhoni not out 50
Extras: (lb-4) 4
Total: (4 wickets; 90 overs) 259
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-106, 3-107, 4-178