Hyderabad, Aug.23 (ANI): Baroda batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 119, his first century in Test cricket, on Thursday, on the first day of the opening Test against New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here.
At stumps, India had scored 307 for the loss of five wickets.
Pujara’s ton included fifteen boundaries and a six over long-on. He scored his hundred of 226 deliveries.
Keeping him company at the draw of stumps was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 29.
It was an innings of promise and reflected his patient hunger for run building, a characteristic that has shone time and again in the domestic circuit.
Pujara and Delhi batsman Virat Kohli stiched up a partnership of 125 runs for the fourth wicket, of which the latter scored 58 before being caught in the slip cordon.
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult was the most successful bowler, claiming two of the five wickets to fall during the day. Chris Martin, Doug Bracewell and Jeeten Patel claimed the other three wickets.
For India, the others to score were Gautam Gambhir (22), Virender Sehwag (47), sachin Tendulkar (19) and Suresh Raina (3). (ANI)