Vijay hundred lifts India to 185-1 at tea

NAGPUR, India (AP) Murali Vijay scored his 10th test century as India reached 185-1 at tea on day two of the second cricket match against Sri Lanka in Nagpur on Saturday, trailing the visitors by 20 runs after a wicketless middle session.

At the break, Vijay was unbeaten on 106 runs while Cheteshwar Pujara was 71 not out. The duo had added 178 for the unbroken second wicket partnership.

Post lunch, they brought up their 100-run stand off 260 balls. It was their ninth century-plus stand in test cricket, the most between an Indian batting pair.

Pujara reached his 17th test half-century off 145 balls. Compared to his partner, he continued to grind down the bowling with his strike-rate hovering at 38.79.

Vijay though played with slightly more aggression in the second session than the first, adding three fours and a six to the six boundaries he had scored earlier this morning. He reached his hundred off 187 balls.

Their 150 partnership came off 321 balls as the visitors struggled to get even a sniff of a wicket despite using one of their DRS reviews for a caught-behind shout against Vijay.

On day one, Sri Lanka scored 205 in the first innings. The first test in Kolkata was drawn.