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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Records Tumble as Cheteshwar Pujara Slams 13th Test Ton in Colombo

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: August 4, 2017, 8:53 AM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Records Tumble as Cheteshwar Pujara Slams 13th Test Ton in Colombo

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New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara continued is glorious run of form in the longest format of the game as he slammed his 13 Test ton against Sri Lanka in the first innings of the second Test in Colombo on Thursday.

This is Pujara's second century of the tournament as he also slammed 153 in the first innings of the opening Test at Galle.

He became the seventh Indian batsman to score a century in his 50th Test match. The illustrious six before him are Polly Umrigar (1961) Gundappa Viswanath (1979), Kapil Dev (1983), VVS Laxman (2004) and Virat Kohli (2016).

The right-hander seems to like batting against Sri Lanka as he has now slammed three consecutive tons against the Islanders. The only Indian to score more back-to-back tons against Sri Lanka in Tests is former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin (4).

During the course of this innings, Pujara also became the first batsmen in the world to cross the 800-run barrier in this calendar year.

While he also became the third fastest Indian to reach 4000 runs in Test cricket. Pujara took 84 innings to cross the landmark and he is tied with legendary batsman Rahul Dravid, who also took same number of innings. The fastest to do so for India are Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar (81 innings each).

Pujara's partnership with middle-order maestro Ajinkya Rahane was crucial for India as it helped them take a commanding position in the match. The duo have already put on a partnership in the excess of 200 and it is only the second time when an Indian pair have managed to put on 200+ for the 4th wicket in Sri Lanka.

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