The moment when Murali Vijay missed an in-spinning delivery from Adil Rashid, everyone had their heart in their mouth as it was the fourth last ball before the stroke of lunch, and a wicket here was enough for England to subjugate the session, which erstwhile belonged to India, keeping aside that Gambhir’s dismissal. However, captain Alastair Cook and Adil Rashid showed faith in umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who now has his image changed in India. At the end, trajectory proved that umpire had made the right decision as height was the issue there. Addressing the last three balls safely after facing a small snag, Murali Vijay along with Cheteshwar Pujara went back for the first major break of the day at the score of 162/1 in 50 overs. It as fertile session for the Indian team as they scored 99 runs in 27 overs at a run rate over three, a healthy one considering the situation of the game.
Starting the day on lower note, the Indian team lost an early wicket of comeback man Gautam Gambhir, whose legs somehow mingled with each other, creating a lock among themselves, preventing Gambhir’s bat to make any contact with the ball, which went to clip his leg placed safely in front of stumps and umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger. Murali Vijay too had no hesitation and asked Gambhir not to review it. An early wicket and it looked like England had got the dream start on this flat track which has run on offer for the batsman. However, soon the local boy, Cheteshwar Pujara, took the charge at quick a quite a fast pace, not allowing pressure to build up on Murali Vijay as another wicket here could have really rattled India’s hopes. He played quite opposite to his style of play doing the right thing at the moment. Meanwhile, Vijay also showed why he is also a T20 player by stepping out to youngster Zafar Ansari and hitting him for occasional sixes. In fact, he brought up his fifty with a six off Ansari.
Still, 375 runs behind from England’s total, India team will need the service of these two players at least for one more session or so to gain an upper-hand over opposition team.