Vijay, Mukund guide India A to 224 against England

Opener Murali Vijay scored 76 for India A against England in their first warm-up game © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jan 6, 2013

Murali Vijay smashed a fine 76 as his century-plus opening stand with statemate Abhinav Mukund helped India ‘A’ reach a competitive 224 for four against England in their first warm-up game, being played at the Airforce ground in Palam on Sunday.

The Tamil Nadu duo added 118 runs for the opening stand with skipper Mukund hitting 57 in a match that was curtailed to 39-overs-aside due to bad light.

After the duo, it was Maharashtra’s Number three Kedar Jadhav, who chipped in with an useful 52 off 50 balls.

Eoin Morgan, who was leading the side after skipper Alastair Cook decided to go back to the hotel due to extremely cold conditions, rightly opted to field.

Even as the players went back to dressing room after five overs were sent down, the break was a welcome one for India ‘A’ openers. While Mukund dropped anchor at one end during his 81-ball knock in which he hit five boundaries, Vijay was the aggressive of the two with his 76 coming off only 75 balls.

His knock contained eight fours and two sixes.