For the second time in two Tests against England, Cheteshwar Pujara can consider himself unfortunate; after the freak dismissal in the first innings of the first Test – the ball ricocheted off short-leg’s shoulder straight into the hands of mid-wicket – in the second innings of the second Test the right-hander was dismissed in another unorthodox and unlucky fashion.
In the opening over of Day 3, as India continued batting from their overnight score of 54/1, Cheteshwar Pujara was run-out in a manner he has nobody else to blame for – in this case, he can’t blame himself either.
On the last ball of Moeen Ali’s over, Pujara pranced down the track, as he often does while facing the spinners. Moeen Ali bowled a straighter delivery which the batsman flicked to Ollie Pope at short leg.
Pope wasted no time to throw the ball back to the wicket-keeper, Ben Foakes, in order to catch Pujara short of his ground. Foakes was also quick to disturb the stumps. At the outset, it seemed that the batsman was safe.
However, replays showed that Cheteshwar Pujara had jammed his bat in the outside part of the crease; his bat got stuck there and he lost the grip of it. The 33-year-old batsman then tried to get his foot in the crease, but Foakes, who has had a brilliant match behind the sticks, has flicked the stumps before Pujara could get in.
Pujara had to go back to the dressing room with just 7 runs to his name. Meanwhile, by drinks after the first hour on Day 3, the hosts have lost 5 wickets – 4 in the first session on Monday at the time of writing – however, the lead is close to 300.