Preview: After two enthralling Test matches in Pune and Bengaluru, the ongoing third Test between India and Australia is definitely not the best advertisement for the longest format of the game, but then, sometimes it is more about grinding it out for the team’s cause than playing to the galleries. And that is exactly what Cheteshwar Pujara did on Saturday as he registered his 11th Test century to bring India closer to Australia’s first innings score of 451.
Pujara has this home season shown what he is capable of, be it steadying the ship or playing the aggressor’s role. While he is still some distance away from being the rightful owner of Rahul Dravid’s boots, he has scored a mammoth 1914 runs this first-class season in 16 games at an average of 85.00 with seven 100s and nine 50s. And on Saturday he was once again on the money.
At stumps, India’s score read 360 for 6, still trailing by 91 runs, with Pujara (130) and Wriddhiman Saha (18) at the crease. Even though the wicket at the JSCA Stadium has no demons in it, a disciplined and sometimes negative bowling from the Aussies saw the Indian batsmen struggle to score runs at ease.