Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara admitted that he felt pukish amid weather conditions in Birmingham during a Royal London One-Day Cup fixture.
Pujara, who is leading Sussex in England’s List A competition, slammed an uncharacteristic hundred against Warwickshire while his side was chasing 311. Pujara was ably complemented by Ali Orr who scored 81 off 102 balls.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century in 73 balls
Pujara has set the impression of wearing out the opposition attack with his solid defence in red-ball cricket. But on Friday (August 12), there was a different Pujara, a bit aggressive in nature.
Pujara hit seven fours and a couple of sixes to register his 12th List A hundred, scoring 107 off 79 balls. The Saurashtra batters’ efforts went in vain as Warwickshire escaped with a four-run win.
I was hydrating in between: Cheteshwar Pujara
Pujara hammered 22 runs in the 45th over off Liam Norwell with three boundaries and a six. The Sussex captain was cleaned up by Hannon-Dalby on the first ball of the penultimate over.
“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,” Pujara said after the game.
“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 chances of winning the game,” he further stated.
Indian off-spinner Krunal Pandya picked 3 for 51, the best performance from Warwickshire in the game. Krunal accounted for the wickets of Orr, Tom Clark and Delray Rawlins. Hannon-Dalby (2/55) and George Garrett (2/50) supported Pandya in defending 310.
Sussex will play Surrey on Sunday (August 14) in Hove, while Warwickshire are set to face Leicestershire at Grace Road.