Murali Vijay used his feet to Nathan Lyon during his innings of 53 © Getty Images
Murali Vijay (above) used his feet to Nathan Lyon during his innings of 53 © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Dec 11, 2014

India went into lunch on Day Three of the first Test against Australia at 115 for two. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are the two batsmen in the middle and India were led through the session by Murali Vijay’s fluent fifty. Australia declared before start of play with the score on 517 for seven. In contrast to Day Two, it was nice and sunny on Thursday. The pitch continued to be easy and there were runs written all over it. There wasn’t much help for the bowlers in the morning session.

Shikhar Dhawan helped India get off to a good start as he played some good shots early in the innings. In one of the overs, by Mitchell Johnson, Dhawan drove handsomely a few times and picked as many as three fours. He had an early life as an inside edge was not taken by the diving Brad Haddin.

Early in the innings, Ryan Harris was the only bowler who maintained good control. In his first five overs, he had only gone for six runs. And, he also had Dhawan bowled with he got an edge onto the stumps.

In walked Cheteshwar Pujara and batted with his typical concentration. With Peter Siddle struggling to find his line, the batsmen picked him for a few runs. Michael Clarke was intent on shuffling his bowlers around and used Johnson in short spells. Nathan Lyon was brought in as early as the sixth over.

Vijay picked up pace as the innings progressed. With Lyon in force, he charged down the ground a few times and targetted long-on. He cleared the boundary twice and got a four on one occasion. Having reached his fifty, Vijay fell at the stroke of lunch as he prodded at one from Johnson and was caught behind.

Kohli walked out to face Johnson and was hit on the helmet off the first ball he faced. Kohli took his helmet off and all the Australians came to check if he was fine. Kohli put his helmet back on and was off the mark soon after. This incident only showed how much the teams were affected by thew recent events.

Brief scores:

Australia 517 for 7 decl. (David Warner 145, Michael Clarke 128, Steven Smith 158*; Varun Aaron 2 for 136, Mohammed Shami 2 for 129, Karn Sharma 2 for 143) lead India 119 for 2 (Murali Vijay 53, Cheteshwar Pujara 34*; Mitchell Johnson 1 for 38, Ryan Harris 1 for 20) by 398 runs.

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)