Rajkot: India ended the third day of first test at 319/4, trailing England’s score of 537 by 218 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara scored much needed centuries, while team skipper Virat Kohli was still at the crease when the day’s play ended.
Opener Murali Vijay hit 9 fours and 4 sixes in his fine knock of 126 runs. Gautam Gambhir was dismissed at 29 earlier in the day but Cheteshwar Pujara imposed his authority against English bowling attack and posted 124 runs in the 206 balls faced by him. Vijay and Pujara tested England bowlers for majority of the day and scored 209 runs in their partnership.
Opener Gautam Gambhir was the only Indian wicket to fall in the pre-lunch session. The Delhi left-hander, who has made a comeback to the Test squad after a prolonged period, hit four boundaries during his 72-delivery stay in the middle.
Sent as night watchman, Amit Mishra couldn’t even open his score and was dismissed after facing two balls. Virat Kohli remained not out at 26 runs and the swashbuckling batsman will continue his innings tomorrow.
In the English bowling department, Chris Woakes was the most economical bowler as he conceded 39 runs in 23 overs while Broad, Ansari and Rashid took one wicket each.