Vijay, Rahane put India in driver's seat

Vijay, Rahane put India in driver's seat

By: || Updated: 17 Dec 2014 08:10 AM
New Delhi: Riding Murali Vijay's 144 and Ajinkya Rahane's unbeaten 75, a spirited India put up 311-4 on the first day of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane on Wednesday.

 

Trailing 0-1 in the series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men needed to bounce back in the game to stay alive in the series. And, maintaining his good form, it was Vijay, who ensured a smooth sailing for the visitors.

 

Scoring 144 in 233 deliveries, Vijay made the Australian bowlers toil on a Gabba track, that was less bouncy and often looked placid for the quicks. Apart from debutant Josh Hazlewood, no other pace bowler could do the job for Australia. While, Hazlewood scalped a couple, Mitchell Marsh bagged one, before picking up a hamstring injury.

 

Taking advantage of that, Vijay played his natural game to take India to a comfortable position. Adding 56 runs on the first wicket partnership with Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay proved that it was his day today.

 

Even after Dhawan's dismissal, he continued playing his natural game, pairing with Cheteswar Pujara and later Ajinkya Rahane. Having missed out on a century by just one run in Adelaide, Vijay was in no mood to take things easy.

 

Post lunch, India lost the wickets of Cheteswar Pujara and Virat Kohli in quick succession. Both of them were dismissed by debutant Hazlewood. While, Pujara could blame it on poor umpiring decision, Kohli fell a victim of a short delivery.

 

But in the end, all that didn't matter much as Ajinkya Rahane helped Vijay in anchoring the ship. While, Rahane stayed firm at the crease, Vijay kept the scoreboard ticking.

 

Just when it looked he would score his 150, Lyon dismissed Vijay. Stepping out of the crease to loft Lyon, Vijay was stumped by Brad Haddin, bringing curtains down on a fine innings.

 

After Vijay's exit, Rohit Sharma (batting on 26) provided the support to Rahane to make sure that there wasn't a slip-up in the middle order.

 

If Vijay and Rahane would be elated about their form, Shikhar Dhawan's lean patch continued on Wednesday, as he fell cheaply. Once again  failing to convert a good start into a big score, Dhawan caught behind the stumps by Brad Haddin off Mitchell Marsh.

 

Brief scores: India first innings 311-4 (M Vijay 144, A Rahane batting 75; Hazlewood 2-44, Marsh 1-14, Lyon 1-87)

 

Highlights: India-Australia Second Test: Vijay, Rahane put India in driver's seat 

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