Cheteshwar Pujara is on song at the ongoing Royal London One-Day Cup. Days after scoring a 79-ball 107 for Sussex against Warwickshire, the right-handed batter followed it with yet another century, this time a 174-run knock off 131 balls. Pujara’s innings came against Surrey on Sunday. His team Sussex was tottering at 9 for 2 in 3.2 overs when the player came out to bat. Pujara first stitched a 205-run stand with Tom Clark for the third wicket and later capitalized on the laid platform.
While Clark fell on 104, Pujara continued to hold one end tight. He later raced to his century in 103 balls. Soon after his century, the Indian player changed gears and started striking the ball at a better strike rate. What followed was absolute carnage from Pujara as he scored 74 runs off the next 28 balls. His innings came to an end in the 48th over but only after he hit 20 fours and 5 sixes overall.
Pujara’s knock helped Sussex post a total of 378/6 in the stipulated 50 overs. Meanwhile, for Surrey, Conor McKerr picked two wickets while Tom Lawes, Matt Dunn, Amar Virdi and Yousef Majid claimed a wicket each.
In return, Aristides Karvelas (4 for 35) and Delray Rawlins (3 for 25) helped Sussex bundle out Surrey for 162 and win the game by a big margin of 216 runs. Ryan Patel (65 off 56) and Tom Lawes (57 not out) showed some resistance but failed to win the game for Surrey.
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