Team India cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara is in tremendous form in the ongoing Royal London One-Day Cup 2022 tournament. He slammed consecutive centuries for Sussex in the competition. The right-handed batter scored 174 runs against Surrey at the County Ground in Hove on Sunday (August 14). Sussex eventually won the match by a huge margin of 216 runs.
Cheteswar Pujara led the Sussex team in the match in place of injured Tom Haines. Batting first, Sussex put on 378 runs on the board, on the back of centuries from Tom Clark and Cheteswar Pujara. They got off to a dismal start, losing both their openers, Harrison Ward and Ali Orr early for nine runs. However, Pujara got together with Clark to bail them out of trouble. They put on a 205 runs partnership for the third wicket-stand.
Cheteshwar Pujara slammed 174 runs off just 131 deliveries. His knock included twenty boundaries and five sixes and came at a strike rate of 132.82. Earlier, in the tournament, Pujara scored 107 runs against Warwickshire at Birmingham. The Indian cricketer joined Sussex after remaining unsold in the Indian Premier League 2022 mega-auction. So far, his stint in County cricket has been very successful for him and the Sussex team.
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) August 14, 2022
Cheteshwar Pujara’s 174 runs knock is now the highest ever List A score by a Sussex player. So in the Royal London One-Day Cup 2022, he has scored 193 runs in four innings at an average of 64.33. His consecutive centuries have left the fans impressed who have lauded, Pujara’s performance in the tournament.
Let’s take a look at how the fans reacted to Cheteshwar Pujara’s consecutive centuries:
Back to back hundreds for Captain Pujara in Royal London One Day Cup, What a player. pic.twitter.com/VL4bZtruN2
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 14, 2022
Standing ovation for Pujara. Got out for 174. His best in List A cricket. pic.twitter.com/Wi0cTBOgoX
— Kaushik (@CricKaushik_) August 14, 2022
Cheteshwar Pujara and Sussex, 2022 – An unforgettable season for the unassuming and affable cricketer.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) August 14, 2022
Pujara's dream run continues, carries his first-class cricket form into List A cricket for back to back hundreds for Sussex. hammers 174 off 131 balls vs Surrey in Royal London One-day Cup
— Sanjjeev (@Sanjjeev) August 14, 2022
Wow,Pujara!Walked in at 9/2 and when he was gone Sussex were 350/6 with 15 balls still left. Along the way amassing 174 of 131! 5 sixes reminded me of Ashwin's bet that if Pujara goes over the top against Moeen or any spinner, he'll cut half his mustache, albeit in a test match😆
— Mazakiya ShortLeg (@MShortleg) August 14, 2022
Cheteshwar Pujara is one of the better things to have happened to Cricket.
Just a simple man who loves his cricket. https://t.co/lLJ1mll8rg
— Mann Sharma (@mannsharma1517) August 14, 2022
Why fear when Pujara is Here !!
Cheers ….Great Going… Keep Going @cheteshwar1
— Ravi (Rarely accept follower requests) (@Ravi07151108) August 14, 2022
Pujara Sir is in his own league https://t.co/Rodq4IDr4l
— 100rabh Patel (@100rabhPatel2) August 14, 2022
Bowlers expecting Pujara to bat slow and he is scoring like 174(131), 107(79).
Cheteshwar Pujara : pic.twitter.com/DnkoO2HDFA
— g0v!ñD $#@®mA (@rishu_1809) August 14, 2022
Pujara perfect replacement of Virat Kohli in ODIs pic.twitter.com/QI1s4mtahU
— 𓃵 Ctrl C + Ctrl Memes 45 (@Ctrlmemes_) August 14, 2022
Surrey lose to Cheteshwar Pujara by an innings and 12 runs https://t.co/AgH6sG3Oh7
— Daniel Morley (@danielmorley_) August 14, 2022
— Kaushik Bhosle (@kaushikbhosle) August 14, 2022
Sussex ranks second in Group A points table
With three wins from five matches and a positive Net Run Rate of 1.601, Sussex is placed second on the points table of Group A in the Royal London One-Day Cup 2022. They lost to Nottinghamshire in the first game, however, have made a good comeback in the tournament so far.
Sussex will be taking on Durham next, on Wednesday, August 17 at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.