India reach 312/2 at stumps on Day 2

Dilruwan Perera, Cheteshwar Pujara get into a hilarious tangle

Murali Vijay marked his return to the India side with an unbeaten half-century as the hosts marched steadily towards Sri Lanka's first innings total of 205 on the second day of the second Test in Nagpur on Saturday. The two batsmen put on 209 in just over three sessions before Vijay was caught at leg gully off Rangana Herath as Sri Lanka finally got a breakthrough. Once the foremost choice for opening the Test inning for India, he was not drafted into the playing squad in the first Test against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series.

Resuming the second day at 11/1, the overnight duo started cautiously, meddling the odd ball for quiet singles in the first hour of play before Vijay got into the act to bring up his 16th Test half century. Well, it looks like India need to implement a similar ploy while picking the Test openers, as they now seem to have three strong contenders - KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay - for those two spots and after Vijay's ton in his comeback Test innings in Nagpur, this is going to be the latest talking point in Indian cricket.

"Any day I will take this".

7 - Vijay and Pujara are one of only seven batting pairs in the history of Tests to have an average of over 70 (min 2,000 runs).

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"I feel as a professional you should always be ready whether you get a chance or not.it s hard but I am used to it by now", said Vijay.

"Pujara is calm and that rubs on me as well, the tempo that he plays suits my game", he said of his marathon stand with the composed Pujara. You should be ready from inside, eyeing to get a chance. Pujara also has similar mindset as he likes to dig in deep and scrap it out in situations of varied demands. "I know how hard it is to be in that space and perform".

"It happened with KL initially, it happened with Shikhar in between, and now that Shikhar and KL have been playing well, it is very hard to pick two out of three when all three are so good and have done so well". Herath, bowling with the new ball, didn't fare any better, Kohli continuing his date with the boundary ropes, drilling a square drive.

Sri Lanka s batting coach Thilan Samaraweera praised the Indian top-order for their solid showing on a wicket that the visitors tripped on after winning the toss and batting.

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