Indian Opener Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara decimated the Australian attack with scintillating centuries as India took complete control of the 2ns Test played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.

Cheteshwar Pujara 162 not-out notched up his fourth Test hundred and Murali Vijay 129 not-out and his second ton as the record second-wicket partnership of 294 runs took India to a comfortable 311 for one, at close on second day.

The duo eclipsed the stand of 224 against Australia, set by Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath in 1986 at Sydney.

Having already secured a lead of 74 runs, India would target a huge one, which would take batting fourth on this track out of equation.

India scored only 49 runs in the 27 overs bowled during the opening session but the two Indian batsmen came out with a far more positive approach as they smashed 257 runs in the next two sessions. If the first session was about consolidation, the next two sessions were about attacking the bowlers. Both Pujara and Vijay hit a flurry of boundaries with Aussie bowlers suddenly dishing out pedestrian stuff from the disciplined and accurate bowling during the first session.

Once they went off the boil, there was no looking back for the Indians. As the day progressed, Australian bowlers were sent into an absolute leatherhunt.

Murali Vijay struck 17 boundaries and two sixes in 288 balls. Cheteshwar Pujara hit 25 boundaries and also hooked Peter Siddle for a six to bring up his 150 having faced 251 balls in the process. Vijay reached his second Test ton in 245 balls and the relief was palpable on his face as his celebration was far more emotional than the muted one by Pujara.

Australia’s plan to play with left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty (0/85 in 26 overs) and IPL’s ‘Million Dollar Boy’ Maxwell (0/55 in 10 overs) backfired badly.

Both the batsmen used their feet appreciably as the spinners failed to extract any turn and bounce.

Maxwell, in particular, was easy meat for Vijay and Pujara as he not only bowled short but also didn’t get to turn his off-breaks as much as Nathan Lyon did.

Vijay hit a couple of big sixes – one each off Doherty over long off and the second off Maxwell over deep mid-wicket boundary. Earlier, Peter Siddle got the only breakthrough of the first session removing an out-of-form Virender Sehwag.

But the Aussie pace trio of Siddle, James Pattinson and all-rounder Moises Henriques kept things under control as India went into lunch at 54 for one.

Just 23 minutes into the second day, Sehwag was dismissed by Siddle with a rising delivery. The pacer hit three-quarter length and got the ball to rear up awkwardly and also moved a shade kissing the edge of Sehwag¿ bat as Matthew Wade took the catch.

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