Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara led India’s reply to England’s mammoth first innings total of 537 as they scored hundreds to guide the hosts to 319/4 on the third day of the first cricket Test in Rajkot on Friday.
Murali Vijay played a typically gritty innings of 126 in 301 balls, while No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara compiled a more aggressive 124 in 206 balls. The duo forged a huge second-wicket stand of 209.
Following are the statistical highlights after day 3 of the India vs England match in Rajkot:
| Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay added 209 runs for the second wicket was India’s second highest second wicket stand against England in Tests after 314-run stand between Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir at Mohali in 2008-09.
| Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay became only the fourth Indian pair to put on over 2000 runs in partnerships in last 10 years. Their average of 65.03 in 32 innings is the best among the 11 pairs who put on more than 1000 runs in last 10 years.
| Murali Vijay recorded his first century (126) after playing 16 consecutive innings without a century. His last hundred was 150 against Bangladesh at Fatullah in June 2015.
| It was Murali Vijay’s second hundred in 11 innings of six Test matches against England and seventh overall in 73 innings of 43 Test matches.
| Cheteshwar Pujara’s 124 was his third hundred in 18 innings of 10 Test matches against England, the most for him against any opposition. He had hit 206 (not out) at Ahmedabad and 135 at Mumbai in the 2012-13 series. It was Cheteshwar Pujara’s ninth century in 65 innings of 39 Tests.
| Gautam Gambhir was out leg before wicket for the 25th time in 98 innings of 58 Tests. His percentage of dismissals in Tests that have been leg before wicket is 25.52. Only Australian Shane Watson (27.35) has higher percentage among top-order batsmen with 100-plus innings.