Vijay Ton As India Take The Honours
India 259-4 (Vijay 122no, Dhoni 50no) v England
First Test, Trent Bridge, day one
Murali Vijay notched his first Test century outside of India as the tourists took the honours on the opening day of the first Test against England at Trent Bridge.
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Vijay was unbeaten on 122 as India made their way to stumps on 259 for four, with MS Dhoni not out on 50.
He won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a pitch that turned out to be low, slow and didn't offer a great deal to the bowlers.
That said, England worked hard and made India work hard for their runs, and can look back on a decent, if difficult day in the field.
The first ball of the day, bowled by James Anderson (2-70), beat the outside edge but 12 runs came from the first over as Vijay found the boundary three times.
Things quickly settled into a more circumspect pace after that, however, and before too long, England had the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. A tentative push at Anderson outside off stump took the edge and Matt Prior dived in front of first slip to take the ball one-handed.
Dhawan had made 12 in 24 balls but India batted through to lunch without any further loss of wickets. England were placing some fielders in unorthodox fields to try to combat Cheteshwar Pujara (38) and Vijay but it was not until after the break that they got the rewards.
First, reverse swing did for Pujara as he flicked the ball down the ground off Anderson only to be brilliantly caught at silly mid-on by Ian Bell, who nine balls later held on to an edge from the bat of Virat Kohli (1) as Stuart Broad got among the wickets.
India had lost two wickets for one run as reverse swing caught them out and it might have been worse had an edge from Ajinkya Rahane not fallen sort of Bell off Broad.
He pressed on to make 32 in 81 balls but Vijay was imperious at the other end, going on to hit 20 fours and one six, showing admirable reserves of patience to face some 284 deliveries - more than half of all balls bowled on the day.
After tea, taken with India on 177 for three, Rahane fell in slightly bizarre circumstances when he toe-ended a pull to Alastair Cook at silly point, who held on well, given that he, like most, was expecting the ball to fly away on the on-side rather than pop up to him.
Vijay then reached his fourth Test century by calling Dhoni through for a quick single, apologising to his captain before celebrating his milestone.
Dhoni added some vitality to the final session, scoring quickly to reach 50 in 64 balls with five fours to put the seal on an excellent day for him and his team all-round.
Broad ended with one for 26 and Liam Plunkett, whose short ball did for Rahane, one for 56.
Ben Stokes, recalled in place of Chris Jordan, went wicketless while India handed a Test debut to Stuart Binny.
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