Murali Vijay’s debut century in county cricket helps Essex beat Nottinghamshire

first_imgAfter a forgetful tour of England with India, Murali Vijay made amends and showed his class as an opener in county cricket for Essex.The India opener, who was signed by Essex for the remained of the county season, followed his first innings score of 56 with a match-winning hundred as Essex earned an easy eight-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Vijay played 181 balls and scored 100 as Essex chased down 282 to win the County Championship Division One match. He shared a second-wicket stand of 204 runs with Tom Westley, who finished with an unbeaten 110.Vijay’s feat matched that of South African Hashim Amla, who scored 181 against Glamorgan in 2009, as the last Essex batsman to score a century on his county debut.100 for @mvj888 #NOTvESS pic.twitter.com/z7UZAE4gBAEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) September 13, 2018Vijay’s innings came to an end after he was bowled of an inside edge off Samit Patel but he did his job as Essex needed just 61 runs to win when he departed.This was Essex’s fifth victory of the championship this season.Vijay’s form would make the Indian team management wonder about what went wrong with the national team as he failed to make a mark in any of the two Test matches he played.The Chennai-born opener struggled to deal with the pace and swing and only scored 26 runs from four innings. He scored 20 and 6 in the first Test at Edgbaston and then followed it up with a twin duck at Lord’s in the second Test. Vijay was dropped for the third Test and was omitted from the side four the last two games of the series.advertisementHe will be hoping to score some more runs for Essex and get his name on the Test squad for the two Tests against West Indies and then earn a ticket to get on the plane to Australia, where India will play four Test matches.last_img read more