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Ranji Trophy final: Unwell Cheteshwar Pujara fails to continue batting

Cheteshwar Pujara pushed himself down to No.6 from his usual No.3 position after Saurashtra elected to bat first.

Updated: Mar 09, 2020 17:38 IST

By Indo Asian News Service, Rajkot

A file photo of Cheteshwar Pujara. (Twitter)

India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, joining state side Saurashtra for the Ranji Trophy final against Bengal, could not continue batting on Day 1 of the five-day contest as he was feeling unwell.

Pujara pushed himself down to No.6 from his usual No.3 position after Saurashtra elected to bat first. The Jaydev Unadkat-led side were 182/4 when Pujara walked out to bat and was looking solid on five from 24 balls.

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But as his stay at the crease progressed, the 32-year-old looked uneasy and under the weather before eventually failing to continue out in the middle.



Just back from New Zealand where India lost the Test series 2-0, Pujara walked back to the dressing room looking dazed.

It was a blow for the home team who were struggling after the in-form Bengal pacers came back to take four wickets in the second and third session to blunt Saurashtra’s good start.

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Saurashtra beat Gujarat in a tense semi-final to reach here while Bengal stunned Karnataka in the last-four clash.

While Saurashtra reached their fourth final in eight seasons, Bengal have not won the competition since 1989-90 when their head coach Arun Lal was part of the team.

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