Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pujara posts ton after Cummins double strike

Employing the template drafted by Steve Smith across the first day-and-a-half of this evenly-poised Test, India’s Cheteshwar Pujara cast himself as India’s batting mainstay as his team fashioned a patiently spirited response to Australia’s first innings. Just as Smith came in at the fall of the first wicket
and stood undaunted as the rest of them gradually fell around him, so too did Pujara on a day of attrition that finished with India 6-360 and 91 shy of their first innings target with two days to play. Pujara’s 11th Test century was typically measured in conditions that challenge the patience of both batters and bowlers, but it also revealed him as one of the few India batters to deal comfortably with the raw speed and aggression of Australia’s born-again fast bowler Pat Cummins.

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