Cheteshwar Pujara

After faltering in the first session against Australia on Day 1 of the opening Test, India fought back in the second session, with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara building a 45-run partnership. However, a reckless shot from Rohit ended his stay in the middle, as Nathan Lyon picked his first wicket of the match. Following that, Pujara along with Rishabh Pant strung together a 41-run partnership to take India further. Pant, who was looking dangerous, fell prey to Lyon before Australia stemmed the flow of runs. At tea, India were six down, with Pujara holding the fort with Ashwin. Earlier, winning the toss, India opted to bat first on a batting-friendly pitch, however, they were undone by the Australian fast bowling unit.

KL Rahul continued his poor form with the bat as India lost him early. The pace battery of the hosts posed a serious threat to the India batting unit as they appeared to be out-of-sorts. It was like England all over again, as the visitors kept gifting wickets to the hosts. Murali Vijay was sent packing by Micthell Starc and Virat Kohli’s stay in the middle was cut short by Pat Cummins. Kohli was lured into a drive by a beautiful full Cummins delivery, and a blinder at gully by Usman Khawaja completed a perfectly orchestrated Kohli dismissal. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane tried steadying the Indian ship but couldn’t impress. The battle between Rahane and Lyon could have been interesting but Hazlewood got to the Indian batsman early. Hazlewood struck twice and this time it was Rahane, who took the long walk back after being dropped on 2. At lunch, Rohit and Pujara were batting, with them facing a daunting task of counter-attacking the hosts and put up a competitive first innings total on board.

 

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While everyhting was going Australia’s way, it was Cheteshwar Pujara who handled the steering the Indian Team. He got a good partnership with Ashwin, But Ashwin got out and Now Pujara is batting with Mohmmad Shami.

 

 

Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 16th Test ton. His third against Australi and his first on Australian soil!! What a show this has been from the right-handed batsman.

 

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