Cheteshwar Pujara’s stellar form continues in England. After scoring runs in county cricket, Pujara is now batting stormy in the Royal London One Day Cup. Sussex team captain Pujara has scored a century in the second consecutive match. He played an explosive innings of 174 runs in 131 balls against Surrey on Sunday (14 August). During this Pujara scored 110 runs only from the boundary.
Pujara’s List A is the highest score in his career. He hit 20 fours and five sixes while thrashing the Surrey bowlers. Thanks to Pujara’s innings, Sussex set Surrey a target of 379 runs. He scored 378 runs for six wickets in 50 overs. Surrey won the toss and elected to bowl first in the match. He sent the two Sussex batsmen to the pavilion within nine runs. Harrison Ward returned to the pavilion after scoring five and Ali and four.
After the fall of two wickets, Pujara and Tom Clarke took over the team’s innings. Both shared a 205-run partnership for the third wicket. Clarke scored 104 off 106 balls. He hit 13 fours in his innings. Pujara was dismissed in the 48th over. The team’s score at that time was 350 runs.
Earlier, Pujara had scored 107 runs in 79 balls against Warwickshire in the last match. Then he hit seven fours and two sixes. His strike rate was 135.44. Sussex did not win in that match. Warwickshire had scored 310 for six in 50 overs. In reply, Sussex’s team could only score 306 runs.
In the last six overs, Sussex needed 70 runs to win, with four wickets left. In such a situation, captain Pujara took up the responsibility and scored 22 runs in the 45th over. He hit three fours and a six in this over of Liam Norwell. Apart from this, he ran twice and got two runs. After this Pujara completed his century in 73 balls.
In the last three overs, Sussex needed 31 runs to win. In the 49th over, Hannon Dalby bowled Pujara and at the same time dashed the hopes of Sussex’s victory.