India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara is known for his slow batting and low strike rate. However, he scored 22 runs in an over in the match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham in England on the night of 12 August 2022. He completed his century in just 72 balls. However, despite his scintillating innings, Sussex missed out on a hat-trick of victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup 2022.
In this match Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat. It made a huge score of 310 runs for 6 wickets in 50 overs. For Warwickshire, Rob Yates scored 114 runs in 111 balls with the help of 14 fours and 2 sixes. Apart from him, captain Will Rhodes also scored 76 runs in 70 balls. Wicket-keeper batsman Michael Burgess scored 58 runs in 51 balls.
Chasing the target, Sussex’s team could only manage 306 runs for 7 wickets in 50 overs. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 107 runs in 79 balls for Sussex. He hit 7 fours and 2 sixes during his innings. In this, he hit 3 fours and a six in the 45th over of the innings. Cheteshwar Pujara scored a total of 22 runs in this over of Liam Norwell.
Pujara was dismissed in the 49th over of the innings. Cheteshwar Pujara was upset that he could not finish the game despite his brilliant century at a strike rate of 135.44. When Cheteshwar Pujara came to bat in the 22nd over, Sussex’s score was 112 for 2 wickets. When he returned to the pavilion, Sussex’s score was 291 for 7 in 48.1 overs.
He completed his century in the 47th over of the innings, but it was the 45th over that he and his fans will remember for a long time. In the video below, see how Cheteshwar Pujara completed 22 runs in an over.
What makes this quick century special is that Cheteshwar Pujara is seen as someone who takes the time to set himself up on the wicket. He has also been criticized for his slow innings and low strike rate in the past.
However, Pujara is still trying to prove that he can play limited overs cricket. Cheteshwar Pujara has played only 5 ODIs in his career so far. In this he has scored a total of 51 runs.
This is Sussex’s second defeat in four matches. Prior to this, he had won the last two consecutive matches. He is second in the points table of Group A in the tournament. He has 4 points. Warwickshire is at number six. He has 3 points. This is his second win in three matches.
Cheteshwar Pujara has so far scored 1094 runs for Sussex in 8 first-class matches with 5 centuries. He has converted three of these into double centuries. He has also scored 193 runs in 4 matches of Royal London Cup. This includes his one century and one half-century.