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.