Cheteshwar Pujara Century Takes India Closer To Australia’s Score

Indian middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara appeared in sublime touch on Saturday as he scored his 11th century in the Test cricket to guide India closer to Australia's first innings total of 451. Indians ended the third day's play at 360/6, trailing the Kangaroos by 91 runs in the third Test, being played at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi. Seamer Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists as he picked up four crucial wickets, including that of Indian captain Virat Kohli, on Saturday.

The hosts resumed the day at 120/1 with opener Murali Vijay and middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. KL Rahul had scored a splendid half-century on Friday before getting out for 67 just before stumps.

Both batsman (Vijay and Pujara) batted really well in the morning session to add 102 runs for the second wicket with the former scoring his 15th half-century in Tests cricket. But the 32 years old batsman (Vijay) tried to go for a big one just before tea-break to be stumped for 82 with India going to lunch for 193/2.

The Saurashtra batsman (Pujara) continued his onslaught to bring up his half-century and then his 11th Test Hundred but kept running out of partners.

Captain Kohli (6), middle order batsman's Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Karun Nair (23) and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3) all departed cheaply or after getting starts and it was left to Pujara to handle the hosts innings from the other end.

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