Karun Nair’s poor run extended by one more innings as the Karnataka star was dismissed for just 23. This knock adds one more underwhelming score to his tally since he hit the famous triple-century against England at Chennai in December last year. Before Saturday’s knock, his returns in all forms of the game read: 12, 28, 7, 14, 12, 4, 26 and 0.
He lost his wicket to seamer Josh Hazlewood after facing 47 deliveries. His dismissal came at a completely wrong time when Pujara was striving to take India past Australia’s first innings total of 451 runs. As usual, he looked quite firm to continue till the end of the final session with Pujara, having added 44 for the fifth wicket. Unfortunately, in the 108th over, his stay was cut short by a wonderful reverse swinging delivery that took an inside edge and crashed onto the stumps. Nair was totally surprised by the movement of the delivery.
Meanwhile, Pujara played solidly and brought up his 11th Test century. After a string of good shows from openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul, the likes of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane ended up as failures to add more pressure on Pujara. However, the Saurashtra lad kept his cool and reached the three-figure mark.