This is not a flat pitch, says Murali Vijay

Dec 28, 2013, 03:13 IST | Agencies

Despite narrowly missing out on the honour of becoming only the second Indian opening batsman to score a Test hundred in South Africa, Murali Vijay was happy with his performance here on Day Two of the second Test.

“Scoring runs against the No 1 side in the world is self-assuring. This is not a flat pitch, it is a two-paced, slow wicket. So it is difficult to score runs. I thought I batted well,” Vijay told reporters.

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay

He revealed a bit about his preparation for the two-Test series: “I have been watching videos before I came on this tour. The one thing that got me out was playing away from the body, and especially in this part of the world.. that shot, the cover drive, is not on. You may be 100 per cent sure about it, but it is still not on. I just wanted to cut down on that and play straight as much as possible.”

Vijay enjoyed a 157-run partnership for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (70) before he was caught behind off Dale Steyn for 97. “Steyn bowled well and we got out. We did well enough to score 334,” said Vijay.

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