Murali Vijay © Getty Images
Murali Vijay © Getty Images (File Photo)

Jan 10, 2015

Murali Vijay has scored his fifty on Day Five of the fourth Test between India and Australia. India are chasing 349 to win and aren’t looking to pursue the total in testing conditions. The skies are also a bit overcast and it is not a very easy time to bat in the middle. Vijay has been in good touch through the season and that has been one of the highlights for India on this tour.

Vijay has held the innings together with his sound batting. He had initially put up an opening stand of 48 runs with KL Rahul. After that, he put another solid stand with Rohit Sharma. Now, Virat Kohli is in the middle and will be trying to complete the job and secure the draw. These two would have memories of Adelaide but it is a different situation.

Earlier on Day One, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first on a good looking wicket. The only change in their team was Mitchell Starc replacing Mitchell Johnson. India made four changes to their team. MS Dhoni’s retirement allowed Wriddhiman Saha to don the gloves. Suresh Raina, Rohit and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in place of Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma. Rahul managed to hold on to his spot. Australia scored 572 for two declared and in reply Virat Kohli and KL Rahul hit centuries. India scored 475. In reply, Australia declared on 251 for six, leaving India with a target of 349 on the last day.

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