Pujara slams maiden hundred in county cricket

Wednesday 17th December 2014 09:37 EST

Cheteshwar Pujara scored the 27th first-class century of his career and the first one in county cricket as his side Derbyshire beat Leicestershire in a Division Two encounter last week.
Pujara, who was given out for "handling the ball" in the first innings for 6 was at his fluent best as he hit 15 boundaries and a six off left-arm spinner James Sykes to remain unbeaten on even 100 as Derbyshire scored 372 for three in their second innings. The Saurashtra batsman now has scores of unbeaten 90 and 100 in two successive county games. The moment Pujara got a single off left-arm seamer Rob Taylor to complete a well-deserved maiden ton in English county, Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen decided to declare the innings leaving Leicestershire with a mammoth target of 541 to win.
The 26-year-old, who struggled during India's dismal 3-1 Test loss in England scoring just 222 runs in 10 innings, had two major partnerships of 131 runs for the third wicket with Ben Slater and 82 for the fourth wicket with Wes Durston (40).
Pujara's compatriot Varun Aaron had a quiet game for Durham as he took two for 81 in 25.3 overs against Warwickshire, a match which the Indian speedster's team lost by an innings and 13 runs.

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