India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday scored his slowest fifty in Test cricket off 174 deliveries against Australia in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.
His previous slowest half-century came off 173 balls in a winning cause against South Africa in the first innings of the Johannesburg Test in January 2018. Incidentally, in that match, Pujara took 53 deliveries to score his first run, then the most by any top-order batsman since 2001.
On the third day of the Sydney Test, Pujara solidly defended against the second new ball and Australia pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
The Rajkot-born cricketer even took a nasty blow to his left shoulder off a short ball of Cummins. However, off the very next ball, Pujara showed the World No. 1 Test bowler…