It will be tough for Australia to save the match, predicts Murali Vijay

At the start of the day, Vijay said the plan was to "just bat as long as possible and take a big lead." Murali Vijay on Sunday slammed his third Test century - incidentally all three have come against Australia, and he said it felt good to score against the top team of the world.

updated: March 17, 2013 19:46 IST
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Mohali: In-form India opener Murali Vijay reckons that India are well on course for their third consecutive win as it won't be easy for Australia to bat out the final day and save the third Test match on Monday.

"The ball has been swinging from day one, different conditions here, there is reverse swing happening. The wicket is slower and lower and it's going to be difficult for them tomorrow," Vijay, who cracked 153, his second century in a row, told reporters.

After conceding a 91-run first innings lead, the visitors were struggling at 75 for three at stumps, on the penultimate day with Bhuvneshwar producing a brilliant spell to remove openers David Warner (2), Ed Cowan (8) and Steven Smith (5), who was promoted ahead of injured captain Michael Clarke.

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