Pujara, Vijay put India in control

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 16:52 hrs

Hyderabad, Mar 3 (IBNS) Chetshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay hit centuries as India amassed a mammoth 311 for the loss of one wicket in the first innings against Australia after the second day's play in the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, here Sunday.

Pujara struck his fourth Test century, an unbeaten 162, and Vijay on 129, his second as India scored 306 runs in the day and finished with a handsome 74-run lead. Australia had declared their first innings at 237 for nine.

Resuming at five for no loss, India lost Virender Sehwag (6) early after Peter Siddle banged it short and the batsman got a healthy edge to Matthew Wade. Siddle was in doubt and didn't appeal but the slip cordon and Wade made a strong appeal to convince the umpire.

For Sehwag, things can only get worse from here on until he comes up with a big knock in the second innings. Sehwag has now just one 50 plus score in the last 13 innings.

But it was a story of domination by India as Pujara and Vijay took control of the game with their massive 294-run for their unfinished second wicket stand. Pujara struck 25 fours and a six during his 251-ball knock while Vijay hit 17 fours and two sixes in his 288-ball stay.

For Australian bowlers, it was day of hard-work without much luck. Vijay and Pujara hardly gave any chance to the Australians. The only close chance they had when David Warner had a direct hit but Pujara was found safe.

Pujara and Vijay started cautiously as 49 runs came up in the morning. But they only grew in confidence as the match progressed they took the match in control scoring 104 and 151 runs in the last two sessions respectively.

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