India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hits second consecutive fifty for Yorkshire

Sudhir Gupta 00:52 21/05/2018
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India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hit his second successive limited overs fifty but it wasn’t enough as his English side Yorkshire suffered defeat at the hands of Warwickshire in the Royal London Cup.

Pujara made 73 from 96 balls to go with the 82 from 92 balls he hit against Durham in the previous match. However, unlike the previous game, Pujara’s fifty went in vain as Jeetan Patel starred with 4-33 before Sam Hain hit a superb unbeaten 102 to help Warwickshire secure their first win of the Royal London Cup.

Pujara had been struggling during his Yorkshire stint with the India batsman failing to cross 41 in eight innings in the County Championship. But the flatter conditions of  the one-day tournament have suited Pujara.

Warwickshire captain and off-spinner Patel put the skids under Yorkshire, who had raced to 80 without loss by the 13th over. They finished with 247-9.

Patel took all of his wickets as the Vikings slipped to 149-6 in the 30th over, with Pujara’s 96-ball 73 standing out after the hosts elected to bat.

Warwickshire’s left-handed opener Ed Pollock then hit Tim Bresnan for a straight six in the first over as his dashing 26 got the chase off to a positive start.

Hain, who faced 110 balls, shared 87 inside 19 overs for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott (50) and 97 inside 14 with Adam Hose for the fourth.

He went on to complete his second successive century to help Warwickshire bounce back from Thursday’s opening day defeat at home to Derbyshire, winning by five wickets with 4.2 overs remaining.

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