India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara continued his brilliant form for Sussex, scoring his fifth century in the ongoing county championship. Against Middlesex, Pujara mocked the opposition’s decision to field first on a hot day by bringing up his fifth century in 10 innings. Pujara, Sussex’s stand-in captain scored an unbeaten 115 with 10 fours and a six to take the team to 328/4 on Day 1. Tom Alsop also scored a century (135) along with Pujara. As Dupp put together a partnership of 219 runs.
After a century each against Worcestershire and Middlesex, and a double ton against Derbyshire and Durham, Pujara scored his maiden century at Lord’s. He walked out to bat at the fall of the second wicket and, contrary to his nature, started aggressively attacking the bowlers. He reached his fifty off 82 balls and hit the first six of the match to bring up the century partnership. Pujara cut, drove and paved the way for another first-class century, slowly guiding his team to a solid position.
With this, Pujara became the third highest run-scorer in the tournament with 881 runs behind Derbyshire’s Shaun Masood and Nottinghamshire’s Ben Duckett. Pujara was drafted back into the Indian Test fold after being dropped after the tour of South Africa due to his impressive form in the County Championship. India’s no. Pujara, a No.3 player, played the rescheduled fifth Test against England and scored an impressive 66 in the second innings of the loss.
During his knock, Pujara competed against his India teammate Umesh Yadav with the fast bowler representing Middlesex. At the end of the 1st day, Umesh scored 42 runs and lost the wicket, so the first round went to Pujara. Pujara and Umesh had India teammates in various county matches, Washington Sundar took four wickets on his Lancashire debut and Navdeep Saini claimed he was playing for Kent.
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