Australia vs India 2nd Test Day 1: Vijay makes Australia wilt in Brisbane heat

Vijay celebrates after scoring his first Test century in Australia

Vijay celebrates after scoring his first Test century in Australia

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India opener Murali Vijay scored a sensational century to make Australia wilt in the scorching heat on the first day of the second Test in Brisbane.

Vijay was well supported by batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who made an unbeaten 75.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have been delighted with his decision to bat first after Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan amassed a 56-run partnership before Dhawan was caught behind to give Mitchell Marsh his first Test wicket.

Cheteshwar Pujara only made 18 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Josh Hazlewood.

However, Pujara should not have been given out as replays showed that ball hit the grille of his helmet instead of his bat or glove.

Virat Kohli failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Hazlewood for 19.

Vijay and Rahane stabilised the innings with a 124-run partnership, during which Vijay brought up his fifth Test century and Rahane his half-century, before Vijay was caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Vijay’s magnificent knock of 144 came off 213 balls and included 22 boundaries.

Rahane and Rohit Sharma put together an unbeaten 50-run partnership before stumps was called.

Rahane finished on 75 off 122 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Sharma remained undefeated on 26 off 34 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Rahane hit seven boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 75

Rahane hit seven boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 75

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Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Marsh and Lyon chipped in with one wicket apiece.

India ended day one on 311/4, which is the second time in Test history that a side have scored more than 300 on the first day against Australia at the Gabba, and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 00:00 GMT.

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