England vs India 1st Test Day 1: Vijay’s century gives India the edge

Vijay raises his bat after scoring a spectacular century

Vijay raises his bat after scoring a spectacular century

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

India opening batsman Murali Vijay scored an unbeaten 122 to give his side the edge over England on the first day of the first Test in Nottingham.

Vijay was well supported by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made a brilliant half-century.

Dhoni would have been brooding over whether he made the right choice to bat first early on after opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was brilliantly caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson for 12.

Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara made up for the early loss of Dhawan with a 73-run partnership, during which Vijay brought up his half-century, before Ian Bell took a ripper of a catch at silly mid-on to dismiss Pujara for 38.

Virat Kohli failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Bell at second slip off the bowling of Stuart Broad for just one run.

Ajinkya Rahane managed to make 32 runs before he was caught by England captain Alastair Cook at silly point off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

Vijay and Dhoni steadied the innings with an unbeaten 81-run partnership, during which Vijay brought up his fourth Test century and Dhoni his half-century, before stumps was called.

Vijay finished on 122 off 294 balls, which included 20 boundaries and a six, while Dhoni remained undefeated on 50 off 64 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Dhoni struck five boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 50

Dhoni struck five boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 50

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Broad and Plunkett chipped in with one wicket apiece.

India ended day one on 259/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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