India vs England: Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay make merry with tons in Rajkot

Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his ninth Test century while Murali Vijay completed his seventh century . Their 209-run stand has put India in the driver’s eat at the end of day three. Relive all the highlights of India vs England here

cricket Updated: Nov 11, 2016 17:06 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times
Virat Kohli,Ben Stokes,India
Cheteshwar Pujara shared a 209-run stand for the second wicket with Murali Vijay as India finished day three on 319/4.(BCCI)

Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay stole the show with magnificent centuries. Pujara gave his home fans a treat while Vijay was assured as ever with his seventh Test ton. Their 209-run stand has given India a great platform. However, the loss of Vijay and nightwatchman Amit Mishra has dented India towards the end. Virat Kohli will be the key on day four. Relive all highlights of India vs England here. (SCORECARD| NEWS)

17:04 hrs IST: Two quick wickets at the end of the day have spoiled India’s momentum but the 209-run stand between Pujara and Vijay has given India a great platform. Kohli, who has not been allowed to play his shots so far, will be the key on day four.

16:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Another one at the fag end of the day. The nightwatchman goes. This spoils India’s day. Flatter delivery from Zafar Ansari and Amit Mishra goes on the backfoot and gets an inside edge onto the pad, Hameed snaps it up at short leg. That will be stumps

Amit Mishra c Hameed b Ansari 0 (2), India 319/4.

16:55 hrs IST: WICKET! Adil Rashid strikes. Big moment this for England. Flatter delivery and it skids through, it kicks up a bit from the surface, Vijay goes back and looks to turn it to the leg side but finds Hameed at short leg who takes a sharp catch. Excellent knock from Vijay comes to an end

Murali Vijay c Haseeb Hameed b Adil Rashid 126 (301), India 318/3

16:54 hrs IST: Adil Rashid is into the attack now. Last throw of the dice for England today one feels.

16:50 hrs IST: England have not allowed Kohli any loose balls to go for his shot. They are going to tie him down and hope he crumbles under pressure.

16:42 hrs IST: The England bowlers are bowling plenty of cutters as they try to rough up the ball.

16:34 hrs IST: In the last ball of the previous over, one of the balls shot through low and Vijay had a hard time in digging it out. Signs of unpredictable bounce but only if it hits one of the cracks on the surface.

Virat Kohli got off to a steady start after the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara for 124. (BCCI)

16:30 hrs IST: BAM! Vijay continues to dazzle against spin. Moeen gives this delivery a bit more air and the batsman waltzes down the track to launch him over long off for his fourth six.

16:29 hrs IST: Kohli brings up the 300 for India with a sparkling drive past cover for a boundary. Superb batting this.

16:28 hrs IST: Vijay seems to be struggling a bit with his knee. He was struck a painful blow by Woakes as soon as he crossed his century.

16:26 hrs IST: Broad errs in his length as he bowls short and down the leg side, Kohli uses the pace and tickles it past Bairstow for a boundary. Much needed one for him though, he was under pressure.

16:20 hrs IST: Super shot from Kohli. He unleases his whiplash flick but it goes to deep mid wicket for only a single. There is a fielder positioned there.

16:17 hrs IST: This IS a sight. Jonny Bairstow, the wicketkeeper, is standing up to the stumps to Stuart Broad. He bowls close to 85 mph. What a moment.

16:12 hrs IST: 15 overs remain in the day. We are going in to overtime.

16:03 hrs IST: England have not been able to reverse swing the ball as much as the Indian pacers have. This does not bode well as the tour progresses. In India, reverse swing also plays a big part.

Cheteshwar Pujara smashed 124, his third century against England in front of his home fans in Rajkot. (BCCI)

15:57 hrs IST: Lovely shot, too full and wide from Stokes, Kohli leans into the drive and caresses it wide of cover and point for a boundary.

15:53 hrs IST: Vijay and Kohli are ensuring India do not suffer any further hiccups before the close.

15:46 hrs IST: Virat Kohli has started off slowly. England trying hard to get some wickets before the close.

15:39 hrs IST: All eyes on Virat Kohli as he strides out to the middle. His average against them is just over 20 and he will be desperate to turn his fortunes around against them.

15:35 hrs IST: WICKET! Stokes finally breaks the partnership. Short and wide delivery, Pujara opens the bat face and steers it straight to first slip. The umpires check for the no-ball but Stokes is alright. Ends a magnificent knock. The crowd are on their feet to cheer Pujara off.

Cheteshwar Pujara c Cook b Stokes 124, India 277/2

15:28 hrs IST: The partnership between Pujara and Vijay has gone past 200. This stand is really hurting England. Catch all live updates here

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara shared a 200-run partnership as India were in the driver’s seat against England. (BCCI)

15:22 hrs IST: With this century, Murali Vijay has achieved a remarkable feat. Here is the stat

15:15 hrs IST: There have been a total of five centuries in this Test match so far. Murai Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are the latest entrants into the Centurion club.

15:11 hrs IST: India are capitalising on this session for quick runs. With both batsmen passing their centuries, they will be hoping to nail the advantage and score some quick runs.

15:03 hrs IST: Uh oh! Vijay is in a bit of trouble. Woakes gets this delivery to nip back in off the seam and Vijay plays down the wrong line, there is an appeal for LBW but umpire Gaffaney is unmoved. Replays show that the ball would have just clipped the bails. Vijay is in some discomfort but he is alright.

14:59 hrs IST: The Monk also joins the club! Special effort by Vijay. He gets to his seventh century with back-to-back boundaries off Stuart Broad. This is his second ton against England. Well done! India putting on a show in Rajkot.

14:52 hrs IST: Vijay gets into the 90’s by lofting Moeen Ali to the long-off fence. The ball just hits the ropes on the full and India are making a move on. Catch all the live scores here.

14:48 hrs IST: Pujara’s magnificent run in 2016 continues

14:43 hrs IST: There it is! The stadium erupts in joy. Cheteshwar Pujara notches up his ninth Test century and his first at the SCA. His whole family cheers him. It is a proud moment for all. This is his third ton against England. Take a bow, Pujara.

14:37 hrs IST: There is an appeal for a caught and bowled. Vijay struck a flighted ball back to Moeen and England go up in appeal, third umpire is called. Replays showed that the ball bounced in front.

14:30 hrs IST: Welcome back for the final session. Will Pujara get to his ninth Test century?

14:12 hrs IST: Haseeb Hameed dropped Murali Vijay on 66 and Cheteshwar Pujara survived a review on 84. Barring those two incidences, India have made smooth progress to 228/1 at Tea. India will be aiming to continue in the same vein in the final session.

14:10 hrs IST: The crowd at the SCA stadium groan as Pujara is unable to take the single. He will enter tea on 99 not out. However, this has been India’s session. England have not been effective at all.

14:02 hrs IST: Stokes is into the attack now and Pujara gets closer to his 100 by gliding a short ball to third man. On 98 now.

14:00 hrs IST: Pujara comes closer to his century. The home crowd are also getting tense. Catch all live scores here

13:55 hrs IST: The partnership between Vijay and Pujara has crossed 150. This whole session has totally belonged to India.

13:52 hrs IST: Pujara and Vijay continue to extend their advantage. England are struggling for options.

13:45 hrs IST: The pitch is starting to offer a bit of spin but Vijay and Pujara have gotten their eye in.

13:39 hrs IST: Appeal and he is given! Pujara has been given out LBW and he opts for the review. Good ball from Zafar Ansari. It straightens as Pujara plays inside the line of the delivery and it hits him on the back pad, England appeal and the umpire gives it out. Replays show that the ball was going over the stumps and the decision is overturned. Big moment in the match. Pujara bats on.

Murali Vijay continued to grind the England bowlers down and his partnership with Pujara put India on top in Rajkot. (BCCI)

13:33 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Vijay attempts the sweep shot but gets a top edge and the ball lands safely at backward square leg for a couple.

13:29 hrs IST: Vijay breaks the shackles by sweeping Moeen Ali for a boundary. In the last 10 overs, they have managed just 24 runs. Catch all the live scores here

13:27 hrs IST: The Pujara-Vijay stand has been the most prolific in the last 10 years. They have notched up six century stands and nine fifty stands. Their best was 370 against Australia in Hyderabad in 2013.

13:24 hrs IST: The partnership between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara has gone past 2000 runs. In just 19 Tests and 32 innings, they have achieved this landmark at an average of 64.51.

13:17 hrs IST: The England bowlers are striving hard to get the breakthrough. So far, Vijay and Pujara have not allowed the pressure to build.

Indian cricket fans have had a day to cheer after Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara’s partnership put India in a good position. (BCCI)

13:12 hrs IST: England are bowling with discipline in this session. They are not giving the Indian batsmen any loose balls. Pujara and Vijay must hold their nerve.

13:05 hrs IST: No runs scored in the last three overs. England are trying to build pressure. India must be careful that they do not give the England bowlers too much leeway.

12:58 hrs IST: Pujara is nearing his ton while Vijay is hanging in there. Catch all the live updates here.

12:51 hrs IST: CATCH DROPPED! When nothing is working for you, catches have to be taken. Now, it is England’s turn to go butterfingers. Full ball from Broad and Vijay drives it uppishly to cover, Haseeb Hameed dives to his left but he cannot hold on to it. Broad is furious.

12:48 hrs IST: Change of ends for Rashid but it does not matter to Vijay and Pujara. The Saurashtra right-hander in particular, looks in ominous touch as he smashes two fours off Rashid.

12:42 hrs IST: Pace at both ends now as Stuart Broad comes into the attack. He is the only bowler who has taken a wicket so far. This pitch is getting better to bat on as the game progresses.

Chris Woakes troubled both Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in a hostile spell before lunch in the Rajkot Test (BCCI)

12:38 hrs IST: Woakes continues to run in hard and bang the ball onto the Rajkot pitch for any assistance. However, Vijay and Pujara are calmly playing. Catch all live cricket score here

12:32 hrs IST: Woakes is maintaining the short ball tactic and Vijay nearly drags the ball back onto the stumps. So far, the bowler for England who has troubled India has been Woakes.

12:26 hrs IST: Pujara glances Rashid to the fine leg fence and that brings up the 100-run partnership between Vijay and Pujara. This has been a magnificent stand and it sets the platform up nicely for the Indian middle order.

12:18 hrs IST: Adil Rashid starts off from the other end but the first ball is a real bad one. Full toss wide outside off, Pujara reaches out but can only find deep cover.

12:15 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. England face an uphill task as Vijay and Pujara look in solid touch. Chris Woakes will begin the session.

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11:34 hrs IST: This was totally India’s session. After the departure of Gautam Gambhir, Pujara and Vijay batted with total confidence. Pujara, in particular, withstood a hostile spell from Chris Woakes to notch up his 11th fifty. Vijay, on the other hand, calmly anchored one end and brought up his 15th fifty. England have a lot of hard work to do in the second session as the pitch is still good for batting.

11:30 hrs IST: Two good balls from Rashid and Vijay survives. That will be lunch and India will be very happy with the current position. They are 162/1, with Pujara on 62* and Vijay on 57*. Catch all live scores here

11:28 hrs IST: Loud appeal for an LBW from Adil Rashid. Vijay plays down the wrong line to a googly and hits him on the pad, Rashid appeals but umpire Dharmasena is unmoved. Cook does not opt for the review. Replays show it would have bounced over the stumps.

11:20 hrs IST: Now, it is Pujara’s turn to bring up his milestone in style. He slaps a short and wide ball from Stokes and brings up his 11th fifty in Tests. It is his second against England. He punishes Stokes in the over by plundering three boundaries. England are losing momentum rapidly.

11:14 hrs IST: WHAM! What a way for Vijay to get to his landmark. Dances down the track to Ansari and lofts him way over long on for a huge six. Brings up his 15th fifty in Tests and his third against England. Well played, Monk!

11:10 hrs IST: Pujara is not allowing Stokes to settle as he laces yet another boundary past cover. That is the third boundary he has hit off Stokes.

Murali Vijay notched up his 15th fifty and his third against England as India made good progress. (BCCI)

11:03 hrs IST: Poor start for Stokes. He angles a full ball on the pads and Pujara neatly glances it to the fine leg fence for another boundary.

11:00 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is finally into the attack. The partnership is worth fifty between Pujara and Vijay. Poor start for Stokes though as Pujara drills this overpitched delivery past cover for a boundary.

10:56 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Woakes swings this full delivery away outside off and Vijay is lured into the drive, the edge flies past the vacant gully region to third man.

10:51 hrs IST: The partnership between Vijay and Pujara is approaching fifty. Vijay is closing in on yet another gritty fifty.

10:43 hrs IST: This has been a very probing spell by Chris Woakes. He has troubled Pujara but India have not buckled.

10:35 hrs IST: Yet another short ball and Pujara takes his eyes off it. He gets hit on the helmet again but he is alright. In the previous ball, Pujara dug a yorker length delivery from Woakes and it went to the long off boundary.

Cheteshwar Pujara was hit thrice on the helmet by Chris Woakes in the first session of day three between India and England at Rajkot. (BCCI)

10:33 hrs IST: Woakes has actually hit Pujara twice on the helmet. He is maintaining a short-ball barrage.

10:30 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Ansari gets this delivery to break away just outside off and Vijay looks to work it to the leg side, the ball takes the leading edge but lands in front of point.Catch all live scores here.

10:27 hrs IST: Still no sign of Ben Stokes. Are England waiting for the ball to start reverse swinging?

10:25 hrs IST: Oh boy! That was nasty. Woakes bangs a short ball and it rises up sharply, Pujara looks to sway out of the line but gets hit flush on the helmet. The physio attends to him but Pujara is absolutely fine.

10:19 hrs IST: Pujara and Vijay have built a steady stand and England will have to work hard for their wickets.

10:13 hrs IST: Chris Woakes into the attack. So far, this pitch has not given the bowlers much.

10:11 hrs IST: A hint of turn and bounce for Ansari as Pujara gets beaten. Ravindra Jadeja, another left-arm orthodox spinner, was the most successful bowler during England innings. Point to be noted!

10:09 hrs IST: BAM! Vijay greets Ansari in style. Dances down the track and launches him into the stands at long on. India’s 100 is up. Typical Vijay. Catch all the live scores here.

Murali Vijay grew in confidence as he gave India a solid start on day three of the Rajkot Test against England. (BCCI)

10:07 hrs IST: Zafar Ansari is into the attack. It will be interesting to see the purchase he gets.

10:05 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara’s strike-rate is just over 100. He has really gotten going.

10:00 hrs IST: Broad and Moeen are trying to build the pressure but Pujara is in confident touch. He smashes two fours in one over off Moeen as India make confident progress.

09:53 hrs IST: Pujara and Vijay are rotating the strike well and are not allowing Moeen Ali to settle down.

09:51 hrs IST: The crowds at the SCA have been pretty thin. The stadium is located in Khanderi, which is far from Rajkor city centre, almost 30 kms away. Public transportation is also an issue.

09:47 hrs IST: Murali Vijay is looking comfortable out in the middle. He neatly clips Broad to deep mid wicket for a boundary. That shot made the school children present at the SCA stadium very happy.

09:40 hrs IST: SMASH! Brilliant way for Cheteshwar Pujara to get off the mark in his home Test match. Full ball from Broad and Pujara drills it past mid off for a boundary.

Stuart Broad gave England the best start by dismissing Gautam Gambhir early on day three of the first Test in Rajkot (BCCI)

09:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Stuart Broad strikes with his first ball of the day. Superb bowling. Comes round the wicket and slants in this full delivery on middle and leg, it zips off the deck and Gambhir gets into a tangle as he shuffles across, it hits his pad and the umpire raises the finger. Gambhir did not review the decision. Good choice as the ball was crashing into leg stump. Catch all live scores here

Gautam Gambhir LBW Stuart Broad 29 (72), India 68/1

09:35 hrs IST: India up and running immediately. Stuart Broad will start off from the other end.

09:32 hrs IST: Not the ideal start for Jonny Bairstow and England. Moeen drifts down leg and Gambhir misses the leg glance and Bairstow is unable to collect, goes to fine leg for four byes.

09:31 hrs IST: Slip, short leg and short cover in place as Moeen comes into the attack.

09:29 hrs IST: Out come Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay. The first hour will be vital for both teams. It will be Moeen Ali to begin proceedings on day three.

09:25 hrs IST: The England pacers missed their line and length on day two. With the pitch still holding firm, the bowlers have a big task to take the remaining wickets.

09:20 hrs IST: India have struggled to break their hoodoo against England so far. Ever since their Test series win in 2008, India have lost nine Tests and won just two against England.

09:11 hrs IST: India dropped five catches on day one and they missed two simple straightforward chances on day two. After the failure of the fielders, it is time for the batsmen to stand up.

09:02 hrs IST: Missed out all the action on day 2. Here is a recap of all the action with our video analysis

09:01 hrs IST: England became the first visiting team to notch up a total of over 500 in a Test in India after four years. Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Joe Root scored centuries while India did not help their cause with some sloppy fielding.

09:00 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the third day of the first Test between India and England from Rajkot. It is another wonderful day weatherwise at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium but India face a tall task today.

India’s batsmen would have to watch out for variable bounce more than prodigious turn on a Rajkot wicket which was at its best for batting on the first two days.

After winning the toss and asking the hosts to bowl on a docile pitch, an increasingly confident England capitalised on some slack fielding to amass 537 runs, effectively batting India out of the first match of the five-Test series.

India openers Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay safely negotiated the 23 overs they faced to take their side to 63 without loss at stumps, trailing England by 474 runs.

After Joe Root scored a hundred on Wednesday, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes matched the feat a day later to mark the first time in 55 years that an England side had three batsmen score centuries in the same innings at an Asian venue.

Geoff Pullar, Ken Barrington and Ted Dexter all scored hundreds in the second innings of a test against India at Kanpur in December 1961.

First Published: Nov 11, 2016 08:48 IST