Vijay, Pujara help India post 206/2 at Tea on Day 1By Norman Carr Feb 09, 2017
Post tea break kicks off with Murali Vijay departing after scoring his ninth Test century, when he failed to judge Islam's delivery in the 63rd over. The key for the tourists will be young spinner Mehedi Hasan, who tore England in half during the Test series a year ago.
Virat Kohli will be hoping that Vijay and Rahul can improve on that ahead of the next series.
Despite India playing a vital role in helping the neighbours attain the status, both the countries have engaged in only eight Tests so far - all in Bangladesh - with India winning six encounters. Pakistan and Zimbabwe have been lucky enough to avoid a meeting with India's run machine.
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Centuries from Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli helped India to 356/3 at stumps on Day 1 in Hyderabad in the one-off Test match between India and Bangladesh.
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Kohli (111 not out) started the third session with back-to-back boundaries and Vijay brought a fine century in the 61st over. The Indian opener was given a massive reprieve in the 18th over when he was just on 35. With a couple of boundaries in the 12th over from Vijay, India reached 40 for one at the end of the first hour. The run out chance of Vijay cost them the most as he raced to the century.
Starting at 86 runs for the loss of one wicket, the Indian batsmen have put on 206 runs for the loss of two wickets. Out of the 1000 runs in this home season that Kohli has managed to amass, 655 of those have come against England at an average of 109.17. As is the norm a day before a Test match, the India and Bangladesh teams arrived at the ground, went through batting, bowling and fielding drills under the watchful eyes of their coaches, and the respective captains spoke about beauty of Test cricket.
Pujara was content to keep the score ticking over but immediately after setting a new record for the most runs in an Indian first-class season, he tickled Mehedi behind, with Tigers captain Mushfiqur Rahim gathering at the second attempt, to depart for 83.
Having lost the wicket of Opener KL Rahul (2) in the very first over, the team India seems to be in trouble.
Bangladesh did well in those opening exchanges as both Taskin and Kamrul Islam Rabbi got decent swing at a good pace. While Pujara looked edgy, with one of his shots flying to the fence past gully and another fallinh short of slip, Vijay provided stability.
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