Murali Vijay continues rich form, hits 11th ton in India vs Sri Lanka third Test
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Murali Vijay continues rich form, hits 11th ton in India vs Sri Lanka third Test

Murali Vijay scored a dominant century for India against Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the third Test in New Delhi

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Dec 02, 2017 16:46 IST
Sidharth Gulati
Sidharth Gulati
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Murali Vijay has continued his good form in the India vs Sri Lanka third Test in New Delhi.(BCCI)

Murali Vijay continued from where he left in Nagpur as he hit a century to put India in the driver’s seat on Day 1 of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground. Vijay scored 155 – his fourth 150 plus score in the longest format – as the hosts racked up a total of 371/4 at stumps. (India vs Sri Lanka, Third Test - Highlights)

The Indian opener reached the landmark in the 56th over when he hit a Lakshan Sandakan delivery through cover for a boundary. This was Vijay’s 11th Test century and second against Sri Lanka. (India vs Sri Lanka, Third Test - Scorecard)

The Tamil Nadu veteran looked in ominous form, punishing all loose deliveries coming his way and running well between the wickets. His innings was studded with 13 fours.

His 283-run partnership with Captain Virat Kohli has put the visitors on backfoot.

Murali Vijay, who scored 128 in the second Test, was on the money right from the word go, hitting two boundaries off Suranga Lakmal in the opening over of the match. The first one was a thick outside edge that ran to the third man boundary while the other was a gentle loosener from the Sri Lankan pacer that Vijay tickled past the wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella towards fine leg.

He put on a 42-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan, who looked well-set to score a big one before falling to Dilruwan Perera. Cheteshwar Pujara, who also slammed a century in Nagpur, got out cheaply to Lahiru Gamage.

Vijay had earlier missed the Sri Lanka tour in July-August due to a wrist injury and wasn’t a part of the playing XI for Kolkata Test.

Considering all conditions, Vijay has been India’s best opener in the last couple of seasons. He has proved himself in the tough conditions of South Africa, England and Australia, getting runs in each of these places when India last played there.

Comes to the tour of South Africa – starting January 5 – Vijay will be a vital member of the Indian side that looks confident to create history overseas.

First Published: Dec 02, 2017 12:09 IST