Cheteshwar Pujara smashes 8th Test hundred as India sweep series vs New Zealand

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara struck his eighth century in Test cricket as India defeated New Zealand by a mammoth 321 runs to whitewash the three-match series over New Zealand. Pujara’s unbeaten knock had earlier helped India declare their second innings at 216/3 and set New Zealand a daunting 475-run victory target in the third and final game in Indore. In reply, the visitors were bowled out for only 153 runs, thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin’s career-best 7/59. (Scorecard)Pujara reached his second hundred against New Zealand off 147 balls when he scored a four at fine-leg off pacer Jimmy Neehsam. His knock was studded with nine fours.The 28-year-old right-handed batsman continued with his fabulous run in the series with scores of 62, 78, 87, 4, 41 and 101 not out to aggregate 373 runs, the highest by any batsmen in this series.Pujara scored his last century in Sri Lanka when he hit 145 not out in Colombo in August last year. However, he was never short of runs with regular scores of fifty-plus but it took him 15 innings to reach the three-figure mark.Interestingly, Pujara notched up his first hundred in India since his 113 against West Indies in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell match in November 2013 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.last_img