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Vijay reaches 92, India 177-3 at tea vs. England

July 9, 2014

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Murali Vijay moved to an unbeaten 92 to lead India to 177-3 at tea Wednesday on the opening day of the first cricket test against England.

India dominated the first session, reaching lunch at 106-1, but England hit back with two quick wickets, both caught by Ian Bell, after the interval. Cheteshwar Pujara (38) didn’t add to his 38 in the second session, as Bell took an excellent one-handed catch at silly mid-on off James Anderson’s bowling.

One run later, Virat Kohli (1) edged Stuart Broad to Bell at second slip.

But Vijay continued to bat fluently and had his century in sight in the evening session. Ajinkya Rahane helped India restore the innings in a 70-run fourth-wicket stand and was not out on 32, carefully crafted from 77 deliveries.

After Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss for India and elected to bat, Vijay started aggressively by stroking three boundaries in the first over off Anderson. He took advantage of the flat wicket and brought up his half century with his 11th four, a gliding off drive from Ben Stokes.

Anderson took the only wicket of the first session when Shikhar Duwan (12) edged a delivery from around the wicket to Matt Prior, who took diving catch to his left.

It was Anderson’s 50th test wicket at Trent Bridge.

Stuart Binny was given his test debut for India, which has not won away from home in 14 test matches.

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