After a difficult day in the field, Cheteshwar Pujara supported Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar to take India closer to the humble goal set by England.
England finished their first innings for 578 runs in the first Test in Chennai. In response, India’s top order fell, with the hosts reaching 257-6 at day three.
The 119-run counter-partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant aroused a ray of hope for the Indians.
However, as luck would have it, Pujara’s ball was delivered as a shot for a poor delivery straight to mid-wicket off the short leg fielder’s shoulder. Pant departed shortly thereafter, well made for 91.
Speaking at a press conference after the day’s play, Cheteshwar Pujara said that the Chepak pitch is still good to bat on, adding that the first session on Monday will be “the most important”.
“Tomorrow’s first season is the most important, we would like to bat on this pitch for as long as possible. There is a little spin right now but overall it is still a good pitch to bat on. We will return our tailors. Cheteshwar Pujara said, batting well under these conditions because there is still a lot to play and we just want to get as much as possible.
The batting mainstay dismissed a soft-out, but boosted confidence at the lower order.
He said, “It’s still a good pitch to bat on. The first two days it was really flat and our bowlers performed brilliantly. But it was a pitch where the first two days didn’t help much and we hope Were doing that a bit more off the pitch. Understandably, we could still bat a little better. There were some soft dismissals that didn’t go in our favor like I got out and Ajinkya Rahane got out. Cheteshwar Pujara said We felt that some wickets were important for us but at the same time we are still very much confident of Ashwin and Washington.
All-rounders Ashwin and Sundar will make their debut on Monday with 8 and 33 runs respectively.
They face a Heculean task against the likes of James Anderson and Jofra Archer to face the new ball.
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Published 07 February 2021, 20:58 CET