Cheteswhar Pujara continued his fine form and capped it off with a century in his last innings of the ongoing series against New Zealand with a 147-ball 100, helping India set a daunting target of 475.
As India were looking for quick runs on the morning of day four in Indore, Pujara -- who started off quite slow -- accelerated after the first hour, scoring twice as fast in the second half of his innings, laced with nine boundaries and a whole lot of hard-run singles and doubles.
A quick-fire century for Pujara!October 11, 2016
8th Test century2nd v N Zealand2nd in 2nd innings6th at home7th at #734th in fc cricket#IndvNZ— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 2016
One of India's underrated batsmen, Pujara got his due on Twitter after a fantastic innings:
Very nice from @cheteshwar1. Icing on the cake. Been a good series for him.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 11, 2016
Shifted gears swiftly...played a different brand of cricket. Did what the team wanted. Reward--8th Test ton. Well played, Che Pujara #INDvNZ— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 11, 2016
There was a sense if inevitability about a @cheteshwar1 century so good has been his form this series. Terrific show by Indian batsmen again— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 11, 2016
Good answer to critics @cheteshwar1 101 n.o in 148 is no slow-coach batting and that too on a day 4 Indian pitch. Also, running better— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) October 11, 2016
First 50 runs: 96 balls.Last 51 runs: 51 balls.Well accelerated, Che. #INDvNZ— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 11, 2016