Third Test: Murali Vijay’s second successive hundred highlights dream comeback

first_imgIndia’s “replacement” opener in the second Test, Murali Vijay, solidified his claim to the spot as he scored his 11th Test hundred in the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.Vijay reached the milestone with a stroke to the boundary ropes off Lakshan Sandakan in the 56th over. He struck nine balls to the boundary en route to his 164-ball hundred. He had scored 128 in the second Test in Nagpur, on his return to the India side.He celebrated the feat with a quirky jig, very reminiscent of French footabller Antoine Griezman’s goal celebration ‘Hotline Bling’. He and his batting partner at the crease, Virat Kohli, brought out the ‘dab’ after signalling something towards KL Rahul.Two consecutive centuries for @mvj888. This is his 11th Test ?? #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017AP Photo He stays third, behind Virender Sehwag (22), in the list of most hundreds in Tests by an Indian opener led by Sunil Gavaskar by 33.Vijay was preferred over KL Raul after Shikhar Dhawan came back into the team after his absence from the Nagpur Test. India have tinkered with their batting order for the third match in a row.Back to back centuries against Sri Lanka for @mvj888! Congratulations for his 11th Test hundred! #INDvSL ICC (@ICC) December 2, 2017Dhawan though couldn’t make the most of the opportunity.He was caught in the deep a ‘shoe-less’ Suranga Lakmal at deep square leg, from his attempted sweep shot off Dilruwan Perera, his 100th test victim.advertisementVijay, who had to wait eight months to stage his comeback to the Indian men’s cricket team, made a cautious start to the innings. Vijay had missed the Sri Lanka tour back in July-August with a wrist injury. He took just over fifty ball to reach his half-century, going into lunch on the first day of play.In the second session, with Virat Kohli for company, Vijay looked to frustrate the Sri Lankan bowlers further with a 150 -run partnership with his captain.last_img read more