India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday scored his slowest fifty in Test cricket off 174 deliveries towards Australia within the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy sequence.
His earlier slowest half-century got here off 173 balls in a successful trigger towards South Africa within the first innings of the Johannesburg Test in January 2018. Incidentally, in that match, Pujara took 53 deliveries to attain his first run, then essentially the most by any top-order batsman since 2001.
On the third day of the Sydney Test, Pujara solidly defended towards the second new ball and Australia tempo trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
The Rajkot-born cricketer even took a nasty blow to his left shoulder off a brief ball of Cummins. However, off the very subsequent ball, Pujara confirmed the World No. 1 Test bowler what he’s fabricated from as he opened the face of his bat to assist the ball to the fence by the hole between second slip and gully to carry up the fifty-run stand between him and Rishabh Pant.
A single introduced up Pujara’s fifty within the subsequent over from Hazlewood.
“Won’t worry him one bit. He’s still there, he is doing a tremendous job,” stated Australia nice Shane Warne reacting to Pujara’s innings.
However, he could have ended up jinxing issues as Cummins lastly had the final snigger when he despatched the 32-year-old again into the hut solely six balls later.
Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of India’s Cheteshwar Pujara throughout day three of the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. – Getty Images