Pujara slams third first-class triple century in unofficial Test
Cheteshwar Pujara recorded his third first-class triple hundred, this time for India A on day 3 of the 3rd unofficial Test against West Indies A at Hubli.
On day 1, West Indies A were put in to bat first after skipper Pujara won the toss. The Indian bowlers were impressive as they ran through the Windies batting order one by one. Zaheer Khan (1/33) got the first wicket and was the most economic bowler among all. Ishwar Pandey and Bhargav Bhatt grabbed a wicket apiece, but it was Abhishek Nayar (4/61) and Dhawal Kulkarni (3/60) who played a huge role in wrapping the West Indies innings for 268 on the 1st day itself. Leon Johnson (81) was the top-scorer for the Windies, followed by Asad Fudadin (47).
Day 2 began with India A’s first innings shaping up beautifully. VA Jagadeesh (16) departed early, but his partner Gautam Gambhir (123) looked in sublime touch, as he struck his 3rd first- class hundred of 2013, in company with his captain who also capitalized on West Indies’ weak bowling attack and completed his hundred. The pair added a 207-run 2nd wicket partnership, following which Gambhir was dismissed. Pujara then carried on along with Virender Sehwag who raced to 38 in no time, striking 2 fours and 1 six. The latter was dismissed just before stumps on Day 2.
The following day, India A went to lunch with Pujara on 199*, before he returned to score a double century, giving India A a healthy lead of 150-plus runs in partnership with Abhishek Nayar. Wickets kept falling at the other end, but the run-machine from Saurashtra showed no signs of fatigue and went on to slam a triple hundred, his third in first-class cricket.