Bangalore: Opener Murali Vijay’s unbeaten knock of 151 ensured a crucial 75-run first-innings lead for Rest of India on Day II of their Irani Cup tie against Rajasthan here on Saturday.
Rest of India were 328 for two at stumps, with Vijay and S Badrinath (1 not out) at the crease, at the Chinnaswamy stadium. Rajasthan were all out for 253 on the first day.
Vijay hit 18 fours and five sixes during his 257-ball innings, which turned out to be his tenth first-class century. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 81 and 78 respectively, and both were involved in big century stands with the Tamil Nadu opener.
After adding 173 runs for the first wicket with Rahane, Vijay was joined by Pujara, and the two raised 153 runs for the third wicket to put their team in a commanding position, a day after the bowlers set it up with Umesh Yadav leading the way with a five-for.
Vijay notched up his century by ambling across for a single off Madhur Khatri, a fleeting moment after hitting him out of the park for a maximum.