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Tendulkar And Vijay Pile On The Runs For India

Tendulkar And Vijay Pile On The Runs For India
Tendulkar And Vijay Pile On The Runs For India
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Australia 478 (North 128, Ponting 77) v
India 435-5 (Tendulkar 191no, Vijay 139, Johnson 3-89)
Second Test, Bangalore, day three

Sachin Tendulkar and Murali Vijay shared a third-wicket partnership worth 308 as India continued to reply strongly to Australia's first-innings score on day three of the second and final Test in Bangalore.

Resuming the day on 128 for two in reply to Australia's 478 - set up by Marcus North's 128 - Tendulkar batted throughout the day for 191 not out and Vijay made 139, his maiden Test century, as India closed on 435 for five.

India did not lose a wicket until the final session of play, when Mitchell Johnson induced Vijay to flash outside the off stump and a thin edge was gratefully snaffled by Tim Paine to end the partnership that put India into a strong position.

Vijay, playing in his eighth Test, reached his century in 234 deliveries, going on to hit 14 fours and two sixes in his 310 ball innings.

Tendulkar was rapidly approaching a double-century by stumps having reached his 49th score of 100 or more by launching off-spinner Nathan Hauritz for two majestic sixes over long-on.

He had stroked 20 fours in addition to those two sixes by the close of play and never looked like getting out on his way to his highest Test score in Bangalore.

Following the dismissal of Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara's first Test innings lasted three balls. He blocked his first ball from Johnson, neatly steered his second through the covers for a boundary was then trapped in front by one which kept low.

Suresh Raina then added a stylish 32 in 43 balls before failing to clear Ben Hilfenhaus at mid-on as he tried to hit Michael Clarke over the top, Hilfenhaus taking a smart catch.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unbeaten on 11 alongside Tendulkar, who by the close of play had faced some 319 deliveries while Johnson had figures of three for 89.

India lead the series following a one-wicket victory in the opening match in Mohali.

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