Pujara hits marathon double ton, century for Saha, India 520/6
Ranchi: Showing old-school efficacy, talismanic Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has hit a marathon double ton, helping India reach 520/6 on Day 4 of the third of four-Test match series at JSCA International Stadium Complex here on Sunday. India leads Australia by 70 runs.
Playing 521 deliveries for his 200-run knock, he broke the record of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid, who had earlier faced the most balls for India in an inning. This is Pujara's third double century.
Pujara, who has healthy average of 51.93, has hit 21 fours so far.
On the other hand, a gritty and timely century has also come from wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha's bat who found ropes seven times along with a biggie in his 106-run knock. Both Pujara and Saha have shared a partnership of 199 runs.
The game has shifted to the side of Indian Cricket team as Pujara and Saha are standing strong at the crease.
Earlier, India ended Day 3 at a score of 360/6. Classy Pujara has hit his 11th Test ton and has registered his name as the only batsman to hit century in the maiden Test of four venues- Indore, Rajkot, Vizag and Ranchi. Apart from the Saurashtra cricketer, Headley, Hendren, Steve Waugh, Tendulkar, Kallis, Chanderpaul and Katich are the other who have done the same on three venues.
Patt Cummins was the leading wicket taker from Australia’s side with bowling figures of 4/59.
Earlier on Day 2, Kangaroos posted 451 runs in the lights of Steven Smith (178) and Glenn Maxwell’s (107) brilliance.