Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates his half century. , Photo Credit: AP
Ever the team-man, Cheteshwar Pujara said that missing out on a well-deserved century meant little in the overall context of the match.
Pujara said after the end of the day’s play, ‘I am very happy with the way I was batting.’ “It is not an easy pitch. Sometimes we focus too much on three-figure scores, but here we needed those runs and partnerships were important. It was a good ball that I got.
Every ball was not turning and it was a more dangerous situation. It was a good challenge to have. You cannot relax on this pitch and at the same time the loose ball has to bear the brunt as you cannot bat in time.
Pujara felt that 350 would be a good total. “We are happy with the way the scoreboard looks,” he said. “We have three spinners. There was different bounce on the pitch and I hope we make the most of it.
Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam believes the contest is still evenly matched. “I don’t think we are in a bad position,” said the 30-year-old. “It is only the first day. It would have been better if we had not made those mistakes.
On dismissing Virat Kohli lbw, Taijul said, “I have already picked Virat in my career, so no need to highlight it.”