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The last time an Indian batsman scored a 50 as slow as Cheteshwar Pujara

January 19, 2021

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India's Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara once again proved his worth as he played a fantastic inning against the Australians on Day 5. The Indian team acquired less than 150 runs to clinch the historical series. The team was already without the services of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah. The hosts needed seven more wickets to wrap up the final match.

It was Cheteshwar Pujara who confronted one blow after the another from the Australian bowling unit. The Australian pacers were showing no mercy whatsoever. Despite that, Pujara stood in the middle till he could. He also smashed boundaries upon every opportunity that came his way. The batsman was battered and bruised but still managed to score a brilliant fifty. He faced more than 200 deliveries on the final day. Cheteshwar Pujara scored his half-century in 196 balls. It is now his slowest half-century in the most extended format.

Pujara had scored 50 in 174 deliveries in the first innings in Sydney. Once again, he brought up his half-century in 170 deliveries in the second innings against Australia. However, the middle-order batsman ultimately perished for 77 from 205 deliveries.

At the historic venue of Gabba, Cheteshwar Pujara's innings had to come to an end after getting dismissed by Pat Cummins. He ended on 56 from 211 balls. Pujara in his knock hit seven boundaries and scored his runs at a strike rate of 26.54.

Kiran More played a similar knock in 1992

The former India wicket-keeper Kiran More had also played a similar knock in 1992. Kiran More faced 214 balls and scored only 55 runs in India's first innings of the Durban Test against South Africa. India were responding to the first innings score of 254. However, the Indian team finished with scores of 277.

The veteran wicket-keeper had occupied the crease for 299 minutes and smashed three boundaries before getting dismissed by Omar Henry. He also ended his great innings with a strike rate of 25.70. However, it is marginally lower than Cheteshwar Pujara's at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. Team India managed a draw against South Africa then as Pravin Amre's scored a famous debut hundred.

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