Cheteshwar Pujara is one of those cricketers, who had massive success in the Test format of the game but failed to make things fall in place in the limited-overs cricket. He has always been trolled for his big-hitting skills but in the last couple of matches, Cheteshwar Pujara showed that he still got the goods to make it big with his old-fashioned technique.

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored 58:

On Thursday, Pujara came in to bat on the first day of the second Test in Pune after the early dismissal of opener Rohit Sharma. During a beautiful partnership with Mayank Agarwal, the flamboyant batsman smashed a six off Senuran Muthuswamy. Thus, for the first time in his Test career, he smashed two sixes in consecutive innings.

India vs South Africa 2019, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma
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After winning the toss, India once again opted to bat first. However, Philander, Rabada, and Nortje troubled the opening batsmen with their accuracy. But, the luck factor helped the Indians to get out of it. Just when things looked out of hand for Proteas, Kagiso Rabada bagged the wicket of Rohit Sharma to give a sniff of luck for South Africa.

However, Mayank Agarwal continued his dominance while Cheteshwar Pujara gave a handy contribution for the youngster. The duo added a 138-run partnership for the second wicket before Rabada bagging the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. Then joins Virat Kohli in the middle with the opening batsman.

Mayank Agarwal
(AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

They both knocked a few scintillating strokes to make things look easy. Especially, Mayank Agarwal, who reached his century with a couple of sixes and one four when he was 87. However, after scoring a superb century, he was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada thus leaving the onus on Virat.

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The captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane finished the task without any further hiccups. On whole, Kagiso Rabada was the only person, who had a bit of stats to his name on Day 1. At the end of stumps, India scored 273/3 with Virat batting on 63* and Rahane on 18*.

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