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Vijay's unbeaten ton puts Rest in command

cricket Updated: Sep 22, 2012 23:45 IST

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Opener Murali Vijay's unbeaten knock of 151 ensured a crucial 75-run first-innings lead for Rest of India on Day 2 of their Irani Cup match against Rajasthan in Bangalore on Saturday.

Rest of India were 328 for two at stumps, with Vijay and S Badrinath at the crease, at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Rajasthan were all out for 253 on the first day.

Tamil Nadu opener Vijay hit 18 fours and five sixes during his 257-ball innings, his tenth first-class century.

Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 81 and 78 respectively, and both were involved in big century stands with the Tamil Nadu opener.

After adding 173 runs for the first wicket with Rahane, Vijay was joined by Pujara, and the two raised 153 runs for the third wicket to put their team in a commanding position, a day after the bowlers set it up with Umesh Yadav leading the way with a five-for.

Rajasthan missed strike bowler Pankaj Singh, who has taken 77 wickets since 2010-2011.

Brief scores: Rajasthan 253 vs Rest of India 328/2 (M Vijay 151 batting, Rahane 81, Pujara 78; A Choudhary 1/57)