Cheteshwar Pujara has been accumulating runs at an extraordinary rate in the County Championship playing for Sussex.
Sussex batsman Pujara smashed an unbeaten 170 from 197 balls in an aggressive innings against Middlesex. With Shaheen Afridi playing for Middlesex, he came face-to-face with one of Pakistan’s best bowlers.
A Pakistani international is not the first time this season in the County Championship that Pujara has come across. Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan wicketkeeper who shared a 154-run partnership with him in Sussex’s previous match against Durham, is in the same dressing room as him.
Prior to that game, Pujara had previously scored 109 and an unbeaten 201 in the previous match. As a result, he has scored 717 runs at an average of 143.40 in just four County Championship matches this year.
Within seven balls of each other, Sussex lost two wickets, bringing the veteran Indian batsman on to the crease.
Even when Sussex were in trouble, Pujara didn’t back down from his aggressive approach against Shaheen. A delivery by Shaheen that drew back his length, but instead of letting go of the ball, Pujara played an adventurous upper-cut and smashed it over the fence.
Afridi finished the game with figures of 1/35 in 12 overs after leading Sussex to a total of 335/4. In the first innings, Pujara amassed a score of 16 off 10 balls against Afridi, who finished with figures of 3/97 in 27.4 overs.
Cheteshwar Pujara is piling on the runs in the #CountyChampionship 👏
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