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Twitter Reactions: Murali Vijay leads the Indian charge with 8th Test ton

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Indian opener Murali Vijay has been a key man for India at the top of the inning since he made his debut in 2008 and settled into the role. He initially struggled with lack of technique against the moving ball and a few flaws here and there but made up for it all with his temperament. Vijay matured his game and now bats with a lot of responsibility. He didn’t look convincing in the last four innings after scoring a century at Rajkot but there was a sense of a big knock being just around.

Team India had a tough task at hand in the first inning of the Mumbai Test as England batting first posted 400 and they needed to get off to a solid start. Vijay had a good opening stand with KL Rahul and then a stabilizing and directing partnership with No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara. The duo added over 100 runs together and ensured the hosts lost just one wicket on the second day. Vijay showed a lot of patience and at the same time didn’t let the English spinners get going with his occasional big shot.

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He lost Pujara early today but was determined to continue with skipper Virat Kohli for company now. Resuming from an overnight score of 70 Vijay was fluent this morning as well and continued with his strategy of surprising the spinners with an occasional big hit and not letting them settle in their rhythm.

James Anderson someone who troubled him quite a bit on the tour of England was treated with disdain as the Indian opener lofted him over for a biggie. It took him 233 balls to get to triple figures but he got there and was pleased after scoring his 8th Test century.

He looked a bit lost after the hundred and played a few loose shots but didn’t make a mistake big enough to cost him his wicket. Murali Vijay walked in for Lunch unbeaten on 124 having already stitched another century partnership with Kohli who is unbeaten on 44. Team India have scored 247 runs and trail by 153 runs.

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