Cheteshwar Pujara was the epitome of patience, Murali Vijay’s shots had contempt and Virat Kohli capped it with a display of utter disdain.
Hyderabad: Skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay pulverised a unfortunate Bangladesh attack into submission with majestic hundreds as India reached a commanding 356 for 3 at the tip of the primary day of the one-off test in Hyderabad.
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The Indian captain (111 not out) scored his 16th test hundred in simply over a session when Vijay (108) batted solidly within the company of Cheteshwar Pujara (83) to produce a perfect platform.
En route his ninth test century, Vijay played one hundred sixty balls, hitting twelve boundaries and a pretty six down the bottom off Shakib Al Hasan. The only flaw in his otherwise blemish-free innings was a close to run-out risk once he was on thirty five.
To sum up India’s batting, Pujara was the epitome of patience, Vijay’s shots had contempt and skipper Kohli capped it with a display of utter disdain in what turned out to be a complete domination by the Indian team.
Each innings was special in its own manner and the home team would love to bat the minnows out of the sport with a big first-innings total. The slowness of the pitch will create it tough for the team batting second.
As far as Indian batting is involved, if Vijay hit sublime pull shots, Kohli looked regal taking part in the drives on the up.
A firm push by the Indian captain off Taskin Ahmed was a treat to watch. The pull, in front of conclude bouncers from Kamrul Islam Rabbi, was more of a slap shot. It showed why his quality of batsmanship is a notch above Vijay, who, in fact, was fantastic in his own right.
Such was Kohli’s nonchalance that he just celebrated when finishing his hundred with a powerful whip off Mehedi Hasan Miraz through midwicket.
Poor Rabbi repeatedly bowled short and was hit for as many as thirteen fours in the ninety one runs that he conceded in seventeen overs.