Pujara & Vijay lift India from early blues in Day 3

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Pujara & Vijay lift India from early blues in Day 3
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Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay gave a befitting reply to England, chasing the hefty score in the second inning of the match. By the tea beak, Pujara's score was 99 and Vijay racked up 86, both unbeaten. England could remove only a single wicket so far bowling 79 overs. Gautam Gambhir, who was inducted to the team after a couple of years added 29, until being trapped by Stuart Broad. India successfully scored 236 and counting in the inning. Now, the team is trailing England by 309. Both the players are defensive while steering the inning with moderate flow of runs. Pujara's strike rate was 59.63 and Vijay scored at the rate of 35.83.

For India, the second day started with the wicket of Gautam Gambhir. The batsman was removed in the seventh ball of the morning. Pujara came to bat when the score was 68 and started his knock down with sheer patience. The batsmen put up a 160-run stand by the break despite the pitch becoming slower. In the afternoon session, the players scored 66, while in the morning hours they could pitch 99 runs. The inning was slowed down a bit by Chris Woakes and Stuart Board. Even though, the bowlers were successful to stop the flow of runs, but could not attack the wickets. Pujara, on 86 got a successful review with the use of DRS. Also, on 66, Vijay was dropped by Haseeb Hameed.

Although, the players could contain Broad, Woakes emerged troublesome for the batsmen. He bowled five overs giving out only six runs in a stretch. There were also bouncers from the player. It was tough for the batsmen to knock the runs, but they were successful to put on the pressure and play with intense adaptability. Pujara was stronger and resolute in this attempt. The batman took runs at the overs from Moeen Ali with a good strike rate. Later, Ben strokes poured out some runs into his tally. In his overs, the batsman smashed good boundaries to racked up his score within a short time.

On the other end, Murali Vijay was playing defensive and in the popular test fashion. There was no haste in his composure as he knocked carefully through the deliveries. The player waited for the best ball to hit and improved his strike rate down the inning. He adequately knocked the deliveries from Zafar Ansari and Ben stokes. Another bowler to trouble India's chase was Adil Rashid. However, Vijay got rid of him by driving on his deliveries. There were visible differences in the inning before and after the lunch. The batsmen were more vigorous after the first break. It seemed, England's spinners are letting them go out of their grips to score big in the inning.


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