Cricket

Pujara stars for India

2012-08-23 14:14
Cheteshwar Pujara (AFP)

Hyderabad - Cheteshwar Pujara, brought in as a replacement for Rahul Dravid, struck his maiden test century to put India in command on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday.

Pujara's unbeaten 119 took the hosts to 307 for five at the close after winning the toss. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (29) was the other not-out batsman.

Batting in the number three spot vacated by the recently-retired Dravid, the 24-year-old Pujara displayed a cool temperament akin to his predecessor as he came in for his fourth Test match and his first since January 2011.

He hit 15 fours and a six during his 226-ball stay and added 125 for the fourth wicket with Virat Kohli (58) to help India overcome the loss of Gautam Gambhir (22), Virender Sehwag (47) and Sachin Tendulkar (19).

Pujara, who survived a close caught-behind call towards the end of the day, also shared an unbroken 47-run stand for the sixth wicket with Dhoni after the team lost Kohli and Suresh Raina (three) in quick succession.

India, beaten in eight consecutive away Tests in England and Australia last year, lost Gambhir and Sehwag in the morning session and batting great Tendulkar after lunch.

Tendulkar hit two boundaries before he was clean bowled by left-armer Trent Boult.

The seamer got the ball to straighten, breaching Tendulkar's defence and taking out his middle stump.

Left-hander Gambhir was the first to depart when he edged Boult to wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk when trying to run the ball down to the third-man boundary.

Gambhir put on 49 for the opening wicket with Sehwag who hit nine boundaries and survived two chances during a charmed 41-ball stay at the crease.

Daniel Flynn put down a difficult catch at square leg after the right-hander mistimed a pull off Chris Martin while an edge off Doug Bracewell flew between Van Wyk and captain Ross Taylor at first slip.

Bracewell finally got rid of the dangerous Sehwag when his attempted cut was snapped up by Martin Guptill at second slip.

New Zealand went on to spil more chances later in the day.

Pujara was dropped on 60 by Flynn off spinner Jeetan Patel at short leg while Kohli's edge off the same bowler went between the keeper and Taylor at first slip.

Off-spinner Patel was again unlucky when Dhoni survived a difficult chance at slip off his bowling.

The second match in the two-Test series is in Bangalore starting on August 31.


Read more on:    cheteshwar pujara  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Hurricanes blow away Cobras

2014-09-21 17:07

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.