Bangalore: A superb unconquered 191 by Sachin Tendulkar and a maiden Test ton by opener Murali Vijay has helped India reach 435/5 at the end of day 3 in the second Test match against Australia in Bangalore.
India vs Australia, 2nd Test - Scorecard
Resuming the third day's play at 128/2, Tendulkar and Vijay(139 off 310 balls) dominated the proceedings in the first two sessions, weaving together a partnership of 308 until Vijay was dismissed by Johnson, post Tea session. During the partnership, Vijay had recorded his maiden Test century in the mid session of play while Tendulkar crossed 150 runs.
In the process, Tendulkar became the first batsman in Test history to score past 150 for record 20th time.
On the other side, it was a toiling day for the Australian bowlers as they struggled to break the partnership of Vijay and Tendulkar.
Mitchell Johnson finally came to the visitor's rescue with the wicket of Vijay. Vijay was dismissed while trying to drive a ball without much feet movement, just managing to edge it to the wicketkeeper behind.
Then soon after, Johnson followed it up with another wicket of debutant CA Pujara, who was rather unlucky as the ball stayed very low. The delivery struck his pad and he was adjudged lbw by the umpire.
Tendulkar however, was unaffected by the two quick wickets and struck a brief partnership of 61 with Suresh Raina(32 off 43 balls) before the latter fell to Michael Clarke.
Tendulkar looks very firm and is set to record a double ton tommorow when India continue on with their first innings on day 4.
India still require 43 runs to match the Australian first innings score as Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni start the proceedings tomorrow. They will be looking to overhaul the Australian total and get a good lead and put pressure on the Australian batting in the second innings.