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India vs Australia: Kolkata Police pays special tribute to Cheteshwar Pujara after Adelaide ton

India were reduced to 19/3 before centurion Cheteshwar Pujara’s gritty 16th Test ton (123) anchored the innings to 250 on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia.

cricket Updated: Dec 08, 2018 04:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Cheteshwar Pujara looks on after playing a shot during day one of the first test match between Australia and India.(REUTERS)

Cheteshwar Pujara proved his mettle once again on foreign soil as he scored a gritty century on Day 1 of the first Test match between India and Australia in Adelaide on Thursday.

With India losing early wickets, Pujara was under a lot of pressure but he did not let it show as the right-hander steadied the innings and guided the hosts to a respectable total.

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This was the second overseas hundred for Pujara this year, after his effort in Southampton against England. He also scored fighting half-centuries in the two Test wins at Johannesburg (against South Africa) and Nottingham (against England).

The innings earned him praise from fans and experts alike with Kolkata Police paying special tribute to the batsman. They posted a picture on their official Twitter account with “Defense should be like Pujara” written on it.

The post was used for a new traffic signal awareness campaign. Kolkata Police used the batsman’s century celebration picture and clubbed it with a picture of a person wearing seat belt while driving his car.

India edged control of the first Test against Australia after enjoying a strong day two in Adelaide on Friday.

Ravichandran Ashwin (3-50), Ishant Sharma (2-31) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-34) helped reduce Australia to 191-7, still trailing by 59 runs, at stumps.

First Published: Dec 07, 2018 15:18 IST