India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4: Enormous knocks by Pujara, Saha boost hosts

Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo: AFP)

Pujara’s 505-ball 190 runs (not out) powered India to a strong total of 503/6 at Tea.

Playing the record-longest innings for India, Cheteshwar Pujara’s 505-ball 190 runs (not out) powered India to a strong total of 503/6 at Tea, leading Australia by 52 runs on Day 4 of the third Test at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.

The lazy Sunday morning witnessed a resolute batting display by Pujara and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (99*), who ruled two complete Test sessions.

Pujara has already crossed the milestone set by batting great Rahul Dravid, who batted for 495 deliveries in a Test match in 2004.

The 29-year-old is now aiming for his third double century in Test cricket.

Having put a gigantic 175-run partnership for the seventh-wicket with Pujara, Saha also contributed with sensibility and style.

Saha’s unbeaten 99 was well adorned by a six and seven boundaries and was halted at a notable strike rate of 46.47 at Tea. 

The 32-year-old batsman is bidding for his third international Test hundred at Ranchi.

THE STATESMAN PULSE

Do you think UP will become India's most developed state under Yogi Adityanath's rule?

Thank you for voting!