Cheteshwar Pujara scored the 27th first-class century of his career and the first one in county cricket as Derbyshire seized the initiative against Leicestershire in a Division Two encountere, here today.
Rain continued to play spoilsport here as India could only bowl 13 overs before lunch on the third and final day of their opening tour game against Leicestershire during which the hosts scored 71 for one.
The Indian top-order batsmen got much needed batting practice against a below-par Leicestershire attack as they finished the first day of their opening tour match at a comfortable 333 for four here Thursday.
Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was taken out off the field by the team`s physio after hurting his hand. The southpaw hit a good looking 60 off 100 deliveries before retiring hurt from the game against Leicestershire on Thursday.
Excited about his county team`s practice match against a star-studded Indian cricket team, Leicestershire`s Irish import Niall O`Brien says Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men can destroy, dazzle and intrigue their rivals all at the same time.
West Indies middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has cautioned that conditions could play a major part in determining the outcome of matches in the Champions Trophy which starts in England and Wales next week.