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Pujara scores fourth successive ton for Sussex

Pujara's hundred came off off-spinner Mark Stoneman, whom he drove for three runs

Aachal Maniyar Edited by: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Published on: May 08, 2022 16:21 IST
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Cheteshwar Pujara scores fourth consecutive 100

Cheteshwar Pujara smashed a fourth successive hundred for Sussex. The match was against a quality Middlesex attack that had Pakistan international Shaheen Shah Afridi in its ranks.

Pujara, who has already scored two double hundreds and a hundred, batted with an attacking intent, completing his three-figure mark in 133 balls with 13 boundaries and two sixes.

The first of his two sixes is the one he will remember as he slashed a short ball from Afridi over backward point for a six.

He also hit a boundary off Afridi and negotiated one of world's premier pacer with ease, completing 500 runs for the season in only four games.

At stumps on third day, Pujara was batting on 125 off 149 balls with 16 boundaries and two sixes and Sussex in their second innings have reached 236 for three in their second innings. 

Middlesex had scored 358 in their first essay in reply to Sussex' 392.

Pujara's hundred came off off-spinner Mark Stoneman, whom he drove for three runs.

Pujara was very attacking throughout the innings and it only helped that the pitch at Sussex's county ground at Hove was a flat one and with bright sunshine, there wasn't much happening in the air or off the track.

Pujara added 138 for the third wicket with first innings centurion Tom Aslop (66 off 90 balls) and was severe on young medum pacer Blake Cullen.

Pujara's sequence of scores in county cricket stands as 6, 201no, 109, 12, 203, 16, 125 no with a total of 582* runs in four games.

(Inputs from PTI)

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