India make solid start after England reach 537

England's batsman Ben Stokes walks back after losing his wicket during the second day of the first test cricket match between India and England in Rajkot, India, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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RAJKOT, India (AP) India's openers Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay made a solid start to India's first innings on day two of the first test, reaching 63-0 at stumps in reply to England's 537. India trails by 474 runs with all their wickets intact on a wicket that appears to be offering little support to seam or spin.

At stumps, Vijay was on 25, while Gambhir was 28 not out. The opening duo didn't look in any discomfort negotiating the final session of play.

Seamers Stuart Broad (0-20) and Chris Woakes (0-17) shared the new ball, but spin was introduced in the sixth over as Moeen Ali (0-6) came on to bowl. Zafar Ansari (0-3) and Adil Rashid (0-8) also bowled short spells as England sought a breakthrough.

Vijay faced 70 deliveries and hit four fours. Gambhir also hit four fours, facing 68 deliveries. They scored at a comfortable pace of just under three runs per over, and brought up the 50-partnership off 95 balls.

England's innings featured three centuries, from Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes.