Saurashtra beat Delhi by an innings and 214 runs in a Ranji Trophy fourth-round Elite Group B sport in Rajkot to pocket seven factors and bolster its quarterfinal hopes.
As soon as Saurashtra declared on 574/8, leaving Delhi 441 in arrears, it was all the time going to be an uphill activity for the visiting group.
Hrithik Shokeen, like he has all sport, as soon as once more confirmed the abdomen for a combat. Promoted to No. 3, he introduced up his fifty with an assortment of drives and flicks.
His one-on-one duel with Jaydev Unadkat lent spice to an in any other case lopsided contest. Nonetheless, his caught behind dismissal off Chirag Jani earlier than tea was successfully the final nail within the coffin.
Gunned down for 133 within the area of 35 overs by way of a remarkably low cost eight-wicket haul from Unadkat, the Delhi openers confirmed much more gumption of their second essay. Ayush Badoni took on Unadkat, slamming his new Lucknow Tremendous Giants teammate for a six and a 4.
However the resistance was shortlived. He had added 67 for the primary wicket with Dhruv Shorey when Harvik Desai effected a sensible stumping to finish Badoni’s keep.
Shorey was clear bowled by Yuvrajsinh Dodiya within the subsequent over. Dodiya, who took 5 for 91, inflicted one other blow earlier than lunch when he had Yash Dhull caught at slip, the Delhi skipper undone by the additional bounce. Dhull’s scores of 0 and 4 have been reflective of his aspect’s general plight, which was all out for 227.
It was distressingly windy and bitterly chilly within the morning, and Delhi appeared resigned to the destiny that it didn’t have adequate bowling wherewithal to resist Saurashtra’s batting depth.
It grew to become extra evident in its selections within the first hour when spinners Lalit Yadav and Shokeen — who has endured a heavy workload — operated in tandem for the primary 45 minutes. The pacers didn’t get a single over.
That appeared to have performed into the fingers of the set Arpit Vasavada and buoyant Unadkat, who made an enterprising 68-ball 70.
Funnily sufficient, on Wednesday, when his high order was digging in towards a toothless Delhi bowling, Unadkat was gearing up for throwdowns within the follow nets, all of the whereas saying, “Oh bhai, hope I don’t must bat (smiles)!”
Unadkat started the day with a good-looking drive for 4 off Shokeen and adopted it up with a sweep shot for six over deep midwicket off the identical bowler.
He reached his 50 off 52 balls and was wanting good for lots extra when he was caught off Lalit’s bowling, making an attempt one massive shot too many.
In between, Vasavada reached his 150 with a late lower for 4. He could not have gotten the possibility to attain a double hundred right here, however the innings win will make this a memorable outing for the left-hander.