Murali Vijay missed his second hundred of the series by 5 runs on Day Four at Lord’s © Getty Images

Lord’s: Jul 20, 2014

“I will take the disappointment of missing a century any day if we can pull out a win,” said Murali Vijay after missing out on back-to-back Test hundreds in England.

According to the opening batsman, India believed that the lower order could take extend the lead to that extent. “(Ravindra) Jadeja really played well and he carried his aggressive intent. That really helped us. And obviously Bhuvneshwar Kumar is hitting the ball really well. They put us in a very good position.”

About his leaving balls outside the off stump, Vijay did not make a big deal. “They were bowling outside the off stump channel and the wicket was doing a bit, so I thought I would make the bowlers tired and bowl to my strengths.”

Vijay said that the match was far from over. “The match is set up nicely. We have four wickets and they have more than 100 runs. Jadeja is turning the ball well, and hopefully we will get an early breakthrough. The game is unpredictable. At Nottingham, Anderson played a gem of a knock when we thought we would get a lead. Then here Bhuvneshwar Kumar played this knock. Anything can happen. But whoever plays well tomorrow will win.”

Asked about Jadeja’s curious celebration on reaching his half century, Vijay said that as far as he knew it stemmed from the Indian all-rounder’s Rajput roots.

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