You could sense the importance of that review. No way Pujara was going back without the review. Zafar Ansari got Pujara LBW when the Rajkot boy was on 86. Pujara reviewed immediately to survive. And the crowd loved it. His wife celebrated. His father smiled. Pujara scored his 9th Test hundred and first at his home ground as the crowd cheered him. This is his second Test hundred against England in India. He made the Rajkot crowd wait as he played eight dot balls on 99 after which umpires called it Tea.
After Tea, he left two balls from Chris Woakes but took a single off the third to reach the three figure mark. This is Pujara’s second consecutive hundred as he had scored a hundred in the last Test against New Zealand in Indore.
Soon after marking his crease, Pujara looked set for setting a tone for his innings with a brilliant drive. Though the English bowlers tried to rattle the calm and composed Pujara with bouncers, Pujara didn’t seem one bit affected. Pujara was also hit on the helmet with three bouncers as Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad continued with their impressive line and length.
Pujara with Murali Vijay took India past 200 and also brought up the 150-run stand with him before Tea. Both of them kept the scoreboard ticking, punching the ball across the boundary at regular intervals. India have been strong in reply to England’s first innings score of 537.