Indian opening batsman Murali Vijay issued an early warning to the Australian bowlers as he scored a scintillating century on the fourth day of team’s practice match against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday.
Vijay reached his half-century off 91 balls and then shifted the gear to reach the three-figure mark in the next 27 balls.
The 38th over of India’s second innings turned out to be special when Vijay was batting at 74. With all his guns ablaze, the right-hander smashed 26 runs in Jake Carder’s over to race to his hundred.
Vijay was finally dismissed by D’Arcy Short in the 44th over of the innings but by then, he had already done the damage. His innings included 16 boundaries and five huge sixes and while walking back into the hut, his score read 129 off 132 deliveries.
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Brief scores: Indian 358 (Prithvi Shaw 66, Virat Kohli 64, Ajinkya Rahane 56, Cheteshwar Pujara 54, Hanuma Vihari 53; Aaron Hardie 4-50) & 211/2 (Murali Vijay 129, KL Rahul 62) drew with Cricket Australia XI 544/6 (Harry Nielsen 100, Aaron Hardie 86, D’Arcy Short 74, Max Bryant 62; Mohammed Shami 3-97, Ravichandran Ashwin 2-122).