Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay hand India 107 runs lead against Sri Lanka on Day 2
Nagpur, Nov 25 (CRICKETNMORE): Cheteshwar Pujara (121 not out) and opener Murali Vijay (128) powered India to 312/2 and take a 107-run first-innings lead against Sri Lanka on the second day of their second cricket Test here on Saturday.
Pujara watched every ball closely and played a patient knock to bring up his 14th Test ton, while Vijay marked his return in the Test cricket with his 10th century. They shared a 209-run stand for the second wicket which took India past Sri Lanka's first innings score of 205.
After the fall of Vijay, skipper Virat Kohli (54 not out) was ruthless from the onset as he and Pujara forged an unbeaten 96-run third-wicket stand when umpires called it a day.
For Sri Lanka, spinner Rangana Herath (1/45) was the only successful wicket-taker of the day at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
Resuming the day at 11/1, the overnight pair of Vijay and Pujara started cautiously, meddling the odd ball for quiet singles in the first hour of play before Vijay got into the act to bring up his 16th Test half century.
Vijay had his share of luck on his individual score of 45 in the first session of play when he miscued a Dilruwan Perera delivery to mid-off which skipper Dinesh Chandimal, running back failed to grab.