Brisbane - Indian opener Murali Vijay put Australia to the sword in their
Brisbane fortress with a brilliant 144 to help drive the tourists to 311
for four at the close of play on the opening day of the second Test on
The 30-year-old shared an opening partnership of 56
with Shikhar Dhawan, stalled a little in the sweltering heat after lunch
and then opened up after reaching his fifth test century in the final
His innings came to an end after five and a half hours
when he stepped down the pitch in search of a 23rd boundary and was
caught behind off Nathan Lyon, Australia's off-spinning hero from their
48-run victory in the first test.
"It was mentally challenging but
when you are playing for your country you've got to do your stuff to
the best of your ability," Vijay told reporters.
"You can only go close to perfection, I think I did pretty well today."
Rahane, who shared a 124-run partnership with Vijay, will resume on 75
not out on day two along with Rohit Sharma (26) as India look to inflict
a first defeat on Australia at the Gabba since 1988.
It was a
tough first day as stand-in Australia skipper for Steve Smith, who lost
Mitchell Marsh to a hamstring problem after the all-rounder had claimed
his first test victim in Dhawan with the only wicket to fall before
Debutant paceman Josh Hazlewood was also forced to leave
the field midway through his 16th over, having taken his first two test
wickets after lunch.
A miserable day for
the Marsh family was compounded when Mitchell's brother Shaun, recalled
to replace injured captain Michael Clarke, dropped Vijay on 36 and again
"Eventful day," said Australia coach Darren Lehmann. "Would be nice to have a full contingent out there.
"We've got get back in the game, they outplayed us today."
had illustrated his rich vein of form with knocks of 53 and 99 in the
first test in Adelaide and fully vindicated returning skipper captain
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to bat first after winning the toss.
his third half century of the series with a drive through the covers
for four in the first over after lunch, he was then forced to weather a
period of pressure as Hazlewood removed Cheteshwar Pujara (18) and Virat
Vijay kept his cool through a second session in which
the tourists were only able to add 62 runs to their lunch score of 89-1
but hit his stride again when the bowlers tired in the afternoon sun.
fours off Shane Watson took him to his century but he initially looked
unaware of having reached the milestone before whipping off his helmet
and raising his bat to the visitors' dressing room.