Murali Vijay (left) and Ajinkya Rahane were the stars of the day for India © Getty Images
Murali Vijay (left) and Ajinkya Rahane were the stars of the day for India © Getty Images

Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane were the stars for India on Day One of the second Test against Australia at The Gabba, Brisbane. Shiamak Unwalla looks at some of the key moments of a day that saw a few records being made.

Murali Vijay scores elusive ton: In less than a year, Murali Vijay has accumulated scores of 97 at Kingsmead (in December 2013), 95 at Lord’s, and 99 at Adelaide Oval. With just a solitary hundred in this time, Vijay would have been keen to avoid another 90; so much so that he did not spend too long in the 90s. Vijay went from 87 to 100 in just six balls with three boundaries. In fact, he later said that he did not even know he had got his hundred till Rahane told him. He was finally dismissed for 144, the joint-highest score by an Indian at The Gabba.

DRS rears its head, yet again: In the first Test at Adelaide, Shikhar Dhawan was wrongly given out caught behind when the ball went off his shoulder. Later in the same innings, Vijay shouldered arms and was struck plumb in front of the wickets only to have the umpire turn down the appeal. And then, also in the same innings, Ajinkya Rahane was given out caught at short leg after the ball hit his pads rather than the bat. If that was enough to reintroduce the DRS debate, Cheteshwar Pujara’s caught-behind decision on Day One at The Gabba — the ball went off his helmet as he was given out caught behind — would have ignited it further.

Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood take their maiden wickets: Between Geoff, Shaun, and Mitchell, the Marsh family have played 64 Tests (including the ongoing match at The Gabba) for a solitary wicket — that of Shikhar Dhawan, snapped up by Mitchell in the morning session. Soon, debutant Hazlewood picked up his maiden Test wicket as well, getting Pujara caught-behind, albeit to a dubious decision. While Marsh limped off the field immediately after lunch, Hazlewood added another wicket to his tally, though at the end of the way he too had to hobble off the field.

Ajinkya Rahane overcomes a nervy start: Rahane has shown in his short career so far that he is a nervous starter; he tends to edge or miss the ball early on in his innings, but looks like a different man once he gets his eye in. He started poorly in the first innings at the Adelaide Oval before coming into his own. At The Gabba, he was beaten first ball and would have been in serious trouble for LBW had it not been for the extra bounce. Just two balls later, he tried to go for a pull and nearly gave a return catch to Hazlewood. Once he settled down though, he unfurled some gorgeous drives and cuts en route to an unbeaten 75.

Brisbane heat takes its toll: Brisbane Heat is the local side that turns out for the Big Bash League, but in the second Test it was literally the Brisbane heat that took out a few of the Australian players. Mitchell Marsh hobbled off with an injury soon after lunch (did it have to do anything with dehydration?); However, he was not the last victim. Throughout the day, almost all pace bowlers pulled up or winced in pain at some point after their deliveries. Mitchell Starc seemed to be especially drained out, bowling at way under his usual pace. Toward the end of the day even Mitchell Johnson was seen wincing after a couple of balls, while Josh Hazlewood had to walk off late in the day midway through his 16th over.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)