Cheteshwar Pujara hit a hundred for West Zone in the Duleep Trophy semifinal against Central Zone in Alur on Friday. Pujara’s century, his 60th in First-Class cricket, got him level with former India captain Vijay Hazare’s tally. He helped West extend its first-inning lead past 300. The India international struck 13 boundaries on his way to the century.
Dropped from the Indian team for the West Indies tour, Pujara scored just 28 runs in the first innings.
Continuing from his overnight score of 50, Pujara displayed great control in his shots and was barely troubled by Central’s bowlers. In his trademark style, Pujara went without scoring for prolonged stretches but held one end.
After Sarfaraz Khan fell in the first over of the day, Pujara put on a 47-run stand with Het Patel before the latter was removed by Saransh Jain. The standout batter in the first innings, Atit Sheth, too, fell for just seven runs in the second essay.
Pujara’s Saurashtra teammate Dharmendrasinh Jadeja fell cheaply as well. Pujara then, in the second session, hit Saurabh Kumar for two fours to reach the landmark.
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