Taking up some extreme expectations, India on the first day of the Test Series did a good job with Murali Vijay leading the batting with an unbeaten century and Captain Dhoni with a well compiles & attacking fifty as India ended first day at 259/4.

It just needed 6 balls to end the Vijay-Rahane’s 71 run partnership after Tea interval as Rahane edge to Cook off Plunkett. With Vijay on one end nearing to his ton and Dhoni who came in to crease, had to be patient with Plunkett firing him some shorter stuff. Vijay almost spent 50 balls in 90s and 14 balls on 99 and finally reached his first test century outside subcontinent and against an opponent other than Australia.

The built up started then till the end of the day both the batsmen stood up playing out 30 overs putting on 81 runs with Dhoni getting to his fifty in last over of the day in 64 balls. Especially, Indians attacked Ali, the only spinner that too a part-timer scoring fifty in his 9 overs.

Earlier, India got to a good start after Dhoni elected to bat. Dhwan departed for 12 but Pujara along with Vijay took past 100 in first session itself. After Lunch, some clever captaincy and some reversing conditions helped England to pick two quick wickets of Pujara and Kohli, but Rahane along with Vijay batted deep till Tea break.


India: 259 for 4 (M Vijay 122*, MS Dhoni 50*; JM Anderson 2/70, SCJ Broad 1/26) vs England

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