Against Gloucestershire on Day 3 of the English county championship, which is being played at the County Ground in Bristol, Sussex skipper Cheteshwar Pujara struck a century. After winning the toss, Gloucestershire asked Sussex to open the batting. In the end, Sussex scored 455/5 on Day 3.
After losing their opener, Tom Haines (3), Sussex ended Day 1 at 47 for one at the close of play. On the second day, opener Ali Orr (36) was removed, and Sussex captain Pujara assumed the lead. After losing his team’s two openers, Tom Haines and Orr, Pujara took the crease and added 100 runs for the third wicket with Tom Alsop. James Coles gave Pujara support when Alsop was dismissed for 67 runs, and the two of them combined to score an amazing total in the first innings.
However, the visitors increased their score from 47 for one to 302 for four in the first inning, with India Test legend Pujara leading the way with 99*. James Coles has played a spectacular cameo in addition to Pujara and Alsop, scoring a career-high 74 runs.
When Sussex resumed play with 302/4 on the third day, Pujara immediately hit the century. His second this year, this was his seventh century overall for the county team Sussex in 11 games. It was also the Indian batsman’s 58th first-class century.
On Day 3, when Sussex’s innings came to a close, Pujara had amassed a total of 151 runs. Against Gloucestershire, Sussex scored 455 runs in the first innings thanks to Pujara’s 151 and Oil Carter’s 74.
With this century, Pujara eclipsed Wasim Jaffer, a former cricketer for India, who had 57 tons in first-class play. In terms of the number of first-class centuries among Indians, the 35-year-old is currently ranked fourth. Sachin Tendulkar (ranked 81), Sunil Gavaskar (ranked 81), Rahul Dravid (ranked 68), and Vijay Hazare (ranked 60) are all listed above Pujara.
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