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Top Performers: Pujara and Vijay shine on Day 2

March 03, 2013 17:34 IST

Murali Vijay (129 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (162 not out) hit unbeaten centuries to put India in complete control on the second day of the second Test in Hyderabad, on Sunday.

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Vijay, having suffered twin failure on his home ground (Chennai) in the opener, was under pressure. He responded in the best possible manner.

Murali Vijay with Cheteshwar Pujara- PHOTOS from Day 2

His second Test hundred, the first having also come against the same opposition - 139 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore in October 2010, was a timely reminder of the fact that the 28-year-old is still a good bet in the game's longer format, his exploits in the Indian Premier League notwithstanding.

As regards Pujara, stating about his consistent would akin to saying the obvious. The last occasion he batted in the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, he scored his maiden Test hundred, a composed 159 against New Zealand in August last year.

Sunday was an encore with possibilities of a lot more. Yes, Pujara is unbeaten going into Day Three.

Photograph: BCCI