County Championship: Second fifty for Murali Vijay keeps Essex on track for win
Murali Vijay was not out on 73 at stumps, wth Essex 147/1. (file photo) @AFP

A second half-century on Essex  debut from Murali Vijay has helped the defending champions push Nottingamshire further onto the back foot in their County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge.

Six wickets to former South Africa spinner Simon Harper helped Essex bowl the home team out for 337 in their second innings, which left Essex a target of 282. Vijay was not out on 73 at stumps, wth Essex 147/1.

With him was discarded England batsman Tom Wesley on 45, having added 130 for the second wicket.

In the first innings, Vijay had made 56. After being dropped from India’s Test squad for the fourth and fifth matches against England, Vijay had vowed to return to the set-up.