Murali Vijay will look to continue the good run © Getty Images
Murali Vijay has been in excellent form on the tour so far © Getty Images

Dec 17, 2014

Murali Vijay scored his third half-century in as many innings on Day One of the second Test between India and Australia at The Gabba, Brisbane. Vijay looked secure right from the start, and was involved in India’s first overseas fifty-plus opening stand since 2011. Earlier, Mitchell Marsh captured his maiden Test wicket when he got Shikhar Dhawan to edge behind to Brad Haddin for 24. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan put on India’s first overseas half-century opening stand since the first Test against England in 2011. Vijay looked assured in the middle, and while Dhawan seemed shaky early on he managed to stick it out on one of Australia’s paciest wickets.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first as both sides made some changes to the teams that played the first Test at Adelaide. Regular skipper MS Dhoni, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and pacer Umesh Yadav came in to the Indian side to replace Wriddhiman Saha, Karn Sharma, and Mohammed Shami. Meanwhile for  Australia Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood replaced Michael Clarke, Peter Siddle, and Ryan Harris.

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