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India vs Australia: 'Helped Nobody, Put the Team in a Hole' - Cheteshwar Pujara's Slowest 50 Divides Opinion

By: Cricketnext Staff

Last Updated: January 09, 2021, 10:11 IST

50 & 77 vs Australia, SCG, 2021 - Pujara scored a crucial 50 for India in the first innings but saved his best for the second when he combined with Rishabh Pant and stitched together a rearguard action worth 148 runs for the fourth wicket. Pujara was the fifth batsman dismissed after scoring 77 but more significantly he had played out 205 deliveries and batted for 286 minutes. India. chasing 407, went on to save the Test which set them up for the decider at the Gabba.

50 & 77 vs Australia, SCG, 2021 - Pujara scored a crucial 50 for India in the first innings but saved his best for the second when he combined with Rishabh Pant and stitched together a rearguard action worth 148 runs for the fourth wicket. Pujara was the fifth batsman dismissed after scoring 77 but more significantly he had played out 205 deliveries and batted for 286 minutes. India. chasing 407, went on to save the Test which set them up for the decider at the Gabba.

Cheteshwar Pujara made his slowest ever Test half-century, taking 174 balls for the milestone before falling two balls later in the third Test against Australia in Sydney. Prior to this knock, Pujara's slowest half-century was off 173 balls against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2018.

Cheteshwar Pujara made his slowest ever Test half-century, taking 174 balls for the milestone before falling two balls later in the third Test against Australia in Sydney. Prior to this knock, Pujara’s slowest half-century was off 173 balls against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2018.

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Pujara’s 50 off 176 divided opinion among fans following the match. He had walked in with India 70 for 1, openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill giving a fairly brisk start. However, India’s run rate dipped with Gill’s departure; Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (22 off 70) sharing 32 off 135 balls for the third wicket. After Rahane fell early on Day 3, Hanuma Vihari (4 off 38) too followed the same pattern adding 25 off 76 balls for the fourth wicket with Pujara.

Pujara didn’t score a boundary for his first 100 balls, and ended his knock with five fours. While the Pujara way ensured Australia’s bowlers had to toil hard for wickets, there was also a line of thought that India were handing over the advantage to Australia on a good batting wicket.

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There were also suggestions that Pujara’s approach was the right one and that the pitch wasn’t easy for strokeplay.

Pujara’s innings came to an end when he received a superb delivery from Pat Cummins which he gloved behind. It triggered a collapse, as India slipped to 210 for 8.

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