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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Dec 2018 11:16:34




MURALI Vijay struck a confident hundred while KL Rahul scored a half-century in the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI, easing off any worries in the Indian dressing room in their final outing before the first Test. Vijay, returning to the Test squad after being dropped mid-way through the England tour, celebrated his comeback with an unbeaten century off 118 balls.

He looked solid throughout the innings on the fourth day, and had reached his half-century off 91 balls. Thereafter he sped through the second fifty-runs, off only27balls, getting to three figures off 118 deliveries. He hit 26 runs off Jake Carder (0-41) in one over to race to his hundred.

Earlier, Rahul scored 62 (98 balls) as the duo put on 109 runs for the opening wicket as India finished at 211-2 (43.4 overs) in their second innings at stumps on day four of the tour game against Cricket Australia XI here at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  

Rahul batted with greater confidence than in recent times, hitting eight fours and a six, as he warmed up for the first Test. At times, he did look shaky with circumspect timing, as seen in his dismissal off a full toss caught at mid-wicket. Hanuma Vihari (15 not out) came out at number three and finished unbeaten at stumps.

‘Playing in Aus suits my game’



 BRUSHING off any disappointment from being dropped midway through the England Test series, India opener Murali Vijay said he will fancy his chances on the bouncier Australian wickets, which favour his back foot game.

“It was good to get some practice hitting over the boundary. I just took my chances and it came my way. I know opportunities are round the corner and wanted to be in a positive frame of mind. I have been working hard on my game and fitness, and I am looking forward to contributing in this series.

 Hopefully I can do that, ”Vijay said. Vijay added 109 runs with KL Rahul and belied the dressing room’s concerns over the opening combination after youngster Prithvi Shaw was injured while fielding on Day