Vijay’s slow grind makes England toil

India's Murali Vijay (left) raises his bat to the crowd at the end of play as he walks off alongside fellow batsman MS Dhoni after  day one. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
India's Murali Vijay (left) raises his bat to the crowd at the end of play as he walks off alongside fellow batsman MS Dhoni after day one. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
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Murali Vijay made England’s bowlers toil in unresponsive conditions as India induced a successful slow grind on day one of the Investec Test series at Trent Bridge.

Vijay’s fourth Test century, and first outside India, underpinned a total of 259 for four as Alastair Cook’s hosts kept going admirably but to little avail.

Sunny skies and a docile pitch were England’s enemy, after Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss, and Vijay batted all day for an unbeaten 122 from 294 balls.

The India opener shared half-century stands with Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and finally his captain Dhoni (50no), who helped to put on an unbroken 81.

* Adil Rashid enjoyed his best bowling figures at Headingley in four years to keep Yorkshire in with a good chance of beating Durham and taking a clear lead in the LV= County Championship Division One table.

The leg-spinner captured four for 73 as Durham were forced to follow on after being bowled out for 231 - trailing by 195 runs - as they closed the third day on 59 for one, still 136 adrift. The eight bonus points which Yorkshire have taken mean they share top place with Notts.