Murali Vijay    AFP (File photo)
Murali Vijay AFP (File photo)

Murali Vijay completed the 15th half-century of his Test career and added an unbeaten 78 run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara to solidify India against England on the second day of their fourth Test. Vijay, who began his innings with a few objectionable strokes against England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, settled in well to frustrate the touring side once again. Vijay has already scored a century earlier in this series in the first Test at Rajkot and this half-century marks the return to form for the Indian opener who had ordinary outings in the next two Tests. India were 117 for 1 in their first innings, trailing by 283 runs after batting for 39 overs.

Vijay and Pujara batted with command against England, frustrating the touring side which was hoping to keep making inroads into this Indian batting line-up. England posted a formidable total of 400 in their first innings, and India needed their top-order to fire in response. So far, Vijay has led the Indian reply with a resolute half-century, for which he consumed balls and hit boundaries and sixes. At the other end, Pujara reached .. not out after facing balls, showing no hurry in his approach as India need their batsmen to dig in against England.

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Meanwhile, Pujara became the 12th Indian batsman to score 1,000 or more runs in Tests against England. He too has been in rich form, having already scored two centuries and a half-century versus England in this series. Pujara arrived at the crease after KL Rahul was cleaned up by Moeen Ali for 24, at the team total of 39 for 1.