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Cheteshwar Pujara sets unwanted record after failing to add scores overnight in third Test

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India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara registered an unwanted record on the third day of the series decider third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. Pujara was dismissed for 9 off the second ball of Thursday when Marco Jensen taunted him for room. India’s No. 3 found a glove and Keegan Pietersen, standing at leg slip, flew to his right to complete a brilliant one-handed catch. With the dismissal, Pujara became the batsman to be dismissed for the most number of times without adding a run to his overnight score, according to Cricbuzz. This was the seventh time that Pujara failed to add to his performance overnight. The right-hander had a tie with former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns and South African legend Jacques Kallis.

Pujara is under a lot of pressure coming into this Test match. The veteran right-handed batsman, who has been suffering from a lack of runs for a long time, was sent back for 43 runs in the first innings.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 51 off 60 balls, while Kohli (28 off 127 balls) added only 14 runs to his overnight score of 14 runs as India’s overall lead was 143.

Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) were then dismissed cheaply in the first half hour.

However, the early setbacks did not deter Pant from playing his natural game as he put on 72 runs for an unbroken fifth wicket with his skipper hitting four fours and a six, who showed Pant remarkably well in playing the second fiddle, which went on Gone for the hug as and when the situation allowed.

Pant, who was criticized for his poor shot selection under pressure during the second Test, respected the good balls but did not hesitate to treat the bad ones with disdain. He was aggressive without being reckless, fearless without being reckless.

(with PTI inputs)

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