Centuries by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara pushed India to 319-4 and trailing England by 218 runs on day three of the first Test on Friday. Vijay scored 126 and Pujara made 124 as they defied England’s bowlers for most of the day’s play. They strung together 209 for the second wicket. Stumps was taken after India lost two wickets in two late overs, leaving Virat Kohli 26 not out.
The pitch continued to play true, as the match seemed headed for a draw. England’s over rate was slow, however. Play was extended by half hour but 4.3 overs remained to be bowled at stumps.
After tea, Pujara completed his ninth Test hundred off 169 deliveries. He was out caught at wide slip by Alastair Cook off Ben Stokes in the 92nd over. In all, he faced 206 deliveries and hit 17 fours. It was his third Test hundred against England.
Vijay racked up his seventh Test hundred off 254 deliveries. After Pujara’s dismissal, he put on 41 with Kohli for the third wicket.
Vijay was dismissed just before close of play, caught at short leg by Haseeb Hameed off Adil Rashid. He faced 301 balls in total, and hit nine fours as well as four sixes.
Zafar Ansari then dismissed nightwatchman Amit Mishra for a duck, also caught at short leg by Hameed, in the final over before stumps.