Rajkot - Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay hit unbeaten
half-centuries to take India to 162-1 at lunch on the third day of the first
Test against England on Friday.
The pair put on 94 runs for the second wicket after the
hosts lost opener Gautam Gambhir in the second over of the day at the
Saurashtra Cricket Association ground in Rajkot.
The Indians now trail by 375 runs with nine wickets in hand
after England posted 537 in their first innings, their third biggest total in
England's bowlers struggled on a track that still looked
good for stroke-making, with all-rounder Ben Stokes giving away 28 runs from
his four overs.
Pujara, batting on 62, looked in fine touch, having hit 12
fours in his 86-ball innings.
Vijay's 57-run knock contained two sixes and five
India brought up their hundred in style with Vijay
despatching rookie spinner Zafar Ansari over the long-on boundary for a huge
Chris Woakes, who bowled a couple of nasty bouncers to
Pujara, was the pick of the bowlers as he stuck to a neat line and length.
India started on a shaky note, losing overnight opener
Gambhir (29) to Stuart Broad (1-31) who struck off his first ball of the day.
The ball hit his pad in front of the middle and off stump
and the decision was upheld after Gambhir referred it to the third umpire.
Before the start of play, England players and the support
staff observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect to the war dead on
The players also wore shirts with the poppy symbol on the