Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara carried on his excellent form and scored another scintillating hundred in the ongoing Royal London One-Day Cup for Sussex.
After a 79-ball 107 on Friday, Pujara scored a 131-all 174 against Surrey on Sunday. The stand-in skipper came in when the team was in trouble having lost their first two wickets with just nine runs on the board.
Pujara then teamed up with Tom Clark to stitch a 205-run partnership for the third wicket. He took his time initially while Clark provided the momentum required for the innings.
Clark brought up his century first before falling for 104. Pujara then brought up his second consecutive hundred, this time off 103 balls. However, the real assault began after he reached the milestone.
Pujara accelerated brilliantly and scored the next 74 runs in just 28 balls before being dismissed in the 48th over. His 174-run knock included a whopping 20 fours and 5 maximums. On the back of his knock, Sussex posted 378/6 on the board in their 50-over quota.
“There was a time when I was feeling a bit pukish” – Cheteshwar Pujara
In the previous match, Pujara said that the heat had caused issues for him. He felt pukish at certain stages but the ace Team India batter fought much better during Sunday’s knock.
“I was hydrating in between. There was a time when I was feeling a bit pukish. I think it’s the weather. I’m used to playing in hot weather but it’s never enough. I was trying my best.”
“It was one of the best innings in the one-day format. But if it was in the winning cause, it would’ve been even better. We were not too far, I wanted to be there till the last ball, we would’ve had more chance of winning the game,” Pujara had said.