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.