Chennai: Cheteshwar Pujara's 93-run partnership with Sachin Tendulkar rescued India from a precarious position on the second afternoon of the Chennai Test. But unlike the England series, which he began with two big hundreds, Pujara failed to convert a start, bowled by a James Pattinson off-cutter when he had made 44. Virat Kohli and Tendulkar took India through to stumps without further damage, but the manner of his dismissal clearly rankled with Pujara.
"I was set and things were going smoothly for us, but unfortunately I got out at the wrong time," said Pujara after the day's play. "But still, we're in a good position and I'm happy that I contributed at the right time."
The delivery that dismissed him also kept a touch low, but Pujara said such variations in bounce were hardly surprising for those who have played cricket in India. "On Indian wickets, you expect this," he said. "At times, you get extra bounce and at times the ball stays a bit low. But we're used to it and it's not a big problem for us.