Pujara and Vijay batter Australia

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The Independent Online

The outstanding batting of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put India in control of the second Test against Australia as they finished day two on 311 for 1, already a lead of 74 runs. Pujara was unbeaten on 162 and Vijay on 129 after a day of delight for the watching India fans in Hyderabad yesterday.

India had begun slowly after Michael Clarke's surprising declaration on 237 for 9 on Saturday night, resuming on five without loss and playing defensively.

After under-performing with the bat, Australia knew they needed to make early inroads and their hopes were raised when Virender Sehwag was caught behind off Peter Siddle in the fifth over of the day to depart for six.

The tourists will need to improve vastly on the bowling front if they are not to let this Test get away from them as the series opener did in Chennai.