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Australia Wilt As India Get Off To A Flyer

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay hit a sublime 144 on day one in Brisbane
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India 311-4 (Vijay 144) v Australia
Second Test, Brisbane, day one

Steve Smith endured a chastening first day as an Australian Test captain as he lost three bowlers to injury and India piled up 311 for four on day one of the seccond game in Brisbane.

Smith, leading the side in the absence of Michael Clarke, was forced to use eight bowlers in all as Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh all struggled.

Murali Vijay took advantage to make 144 and Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 75 as India hit back following their 48-run defeat in Adelaide.

Hazlewood marked his Test debut with a brace of wickets while Marsh and Nathan Lyon also struck for Australia.

Hazlewood and Starc then suffered cramps and Marsh picked up a hamstring injury to make things difficult for Australia.

Vijay, who made 144 in 213 balls, was dropped twice by Shaun Marsh off Johnson.

He added 56 with Shikhar Dhawan (24), who was caught by Brad Haddin off Mitchell Marsh in the morning session.

Cheteshwar Pujara (18) helped Vijay move India's score on to 100 before he became Hazlewood's first Test wicket, although the ball looked to have clipped his helmet rather than any part of his bat before Haddin claimed a second catch.

Virat Kohli made 19 in 27 balls and fell to the same combination with a regulation edge finding its way through to the wicket-keeper.

Vijay completed his fifth century and with Australia's bowlers dropping by the wayside, he added 124 for the fourth wicket with Rahane as India moved into a commanding position.

And although Vijay provided Haddin with his fourth catch of the day, off the bowling of Lyon, Rahane's 75 in 122 balls and Rohit Sharma's 26 in 34 ensured India passed 300 runs for the day - that despite only 83 overs being bowled.

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