ENG vs IND Cheteshwar Pujara hits fifty in 139 balls at Edgbaston first batsman to do so after 36 years


Cheteshwar Pujara (50) scored a half-century as India scored 125 runs on the third day of the fifth Test against England on Sunday. Indian team opener Shubman Gill, who came out to bat in the second innings, was dismissed after scoring four runs in the first over itself. Hanuma Vihari, who came at number three, tried to form a partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, but he too returned to the pavilion after scoring 11 runs. Virat Kohli scored 20 runs before being dismissed by an extra bouncy delivery from Ben Stokes. Apart from this, uneven bounce was also seen on the pitch on the third day of the match.

Meanwhile, opener Cheteshwar Pujara remained at one end and he remained unbeaten on 50 off 139 balls with the help of 5 fours. With this, Cheteshwar Pujara has become the first opener to score a half-century at Edgbaston after 36 years. At the same time, three Indian players have scored centuries in Edgbest. Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Rishabh Pant have scored centuries here.

Earlier in 1986, Sunil Gavaskar scored a half-century at Edgbaston while playing for India as an opener.

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Till the end of the day’s play, Pujara scored 50 runs and Rishabh Pant remained at the crease after scoring 30 runs. There has been an important 50-run partnership between the two, due to which India made 125 runs for the loss of three wickets to take their lead to 257.

Earlier, India bundled out England for 284 in the first innings, thanks to the brilliant bowling of Mohammad Siraj (4 wickets) and Mohammed Shami (3 wickets).

The hero of England’s innings was Jonny Bairstow, who scored the highest 106 runs. Bairstow played 140 balls in his innings and hit 14 fours and two sixes, although apart from these, none of the England batsmen could even score 50 runs. Wicketkeeper Sam Bilgsingin scored 36(57), Joe Root made 31(67) and captain Ben Stokes scored 25(36).

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