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Jul 10, 2014
Murali Vijay scored his fourth Test ton and first in overseas conditions to take India to a commanding position of 259 for four at stumps on Day One of the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. On an easy batting wicket, Vijay stuck to the task and shepherded the Indian innings after a brisk start. Skipper MS Dhoni‘s unbeaten 50 towards the end gave the visitors much needed momentum. Dhoni and Vijay shared an unbeaten stand of 81.
India couldn’t have asked for a better start to their tour. At venue known to present green tops, the visitors were welcomed to dry grass which offered a subcontinent-like condition to bat. And to top it, Dhoni won the toss and had little hesitation in opting to bat.
For the first time since 2008, India went in to the match with five bowlers overseas with the fifth being Stuart Binny — 281st Test debutant for India. It was a see-saw battle throughout the day with India losing momentum after the lunch and tea session. But England ran in to a wall of a different kind in Vijay.
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