No repeat pink-ball worries for Pujara

21 February 2021 03:47:51 GMTPlus10

Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that India's struggles in their pink-ball Test defeat in Australia will not carry into the third Test against England.

The tourists lasted just 21.2 overs as they made only 36 in their second innings of the first Test Down Under, their lowest ever score as they crashed to an eight-wicket defeat.

India came back to complete a famous 2-1 series win and will hope to face better on Wednesday when the third Test with England gets underway in Ahmedabad.

We are very confident we will put up a good show.

Cheteshwar Pujara

The pair are tied at 1-1 after two matches in Chennai and after a couple of thrilling contests, now meet in a day-night clash.

England's Zak Crawley has suggested that the extra swing generated by the pink-ball should suit the Three Lions but Pujara believes playing in familiar conditions will counteract any such advantage.

The 33-year-old made 43 and then a duck in Adelaide but is confident history will not repeat itself at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

"Not at all. It was different ball game altogether," Pujara said. "We were playing in Australia and the ball was seaming around a lot. We had one bad session - one and a half hours of poor batting led us to a disaster.

"Here we are playing in our own, familiar conditions. The ball is also different. We are very confident we will put up a good show.

"We will not try and look back at what has happened in the past. We like to be in the present and focus on our preparations."

India are 1.80 to win the third Test, with England 3.00 and a draw 6.50.

Pujara is 4.50 to be his country's top first innings batsman and 15.00 to be Player of the Match.

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