Rajkot - Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay hit centuries as India mounted a
steady counter-attack on the third day of a high-scoring first Test
against England on Friday.
Top-ranked India finished the day on a
strong 319-4 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association ground in Rajkot,
supported by the duo's performance.
Pujara made 124 off 206 balls
before being dismissed by first-innings centurion Ben Stokes, but owes
his ninth Test century and third against England to the Decision Review
The right-handed batsman was ruled lbw on 86 but the TV
umpire - which long-time sceptics India are using for the first time in
a home series - overturned the decision after the ball-tracker showed
Zafar Ansari's delivery going over the top of the stumps.
Vijay hit 126 during a marathon eight-hour innings and shared 209 runs for the second wicket with Pujara.
skipper Virat Kohli was batting on 26 at stumps while nightwatchman
Amit Mishra was dismissed for a duck off the last ball of the day.
hosts trailed by 218 runs with six wickets in hand in reply to
England's 537, their third biggest total on Indian soil thanks to
centuries from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Stokes.
After being stuck
on 99 for 10 balls, Pujara reached the three-figure mark with a nervous
single as his father and wife applauded from the stands.
raced to his seventh Test century with two boundaries off Stuart Broad,
who is playing his 100th Test, and celebrated it by leaping into the
Pujara, 28, flourished in the post-lunch session, twice carting leg-spinner Adil Rashid for fours in the same over.
Vijay was lucky to earn a life on 66 when debutant Haseeb Hameed failed to hold onto his catch off Broad (1-54) in the covers.
was England's turn to huff and puff in temperatures touching 35 degrees
Celsius (95 degree Fahrenheit), and on a surface that had little to
offer to the bowlers.
Paceman Chris Woakes impressed the most in the testing conditions, giving away just 39 runs off 23 overs.
The morning session saw India lose opener Gautam Gambhir (29) to Broad, who struck off his first ball of the day.
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.
the start of play, England players and support staff observed a minute's
silence as a mark of respect to the war dead on Armistice Day.
The players also wore shirts with a commemorative poppy on the right collar.