Jaydev Unadkat’s sensational seven-wicket haul helped Saurashtra beat Gujarat by 92 runs on Wednesday to become the second finalist of Ranji Trophy 2019-20 season.
Unadkat, who finished with match figures of 142/10, led from the front as Saurashtra stalled a fightback from Gujarat after captain Parthiv Patel and Chirag Gandhi added a 158-run stand in a chase of 327 in the semi-final.
Gujarat had resumed day five at 7/1 and were in dire straits at 63/5 before Parthiv (93) and Gandhi (96) paved the road towards an improbable win. But Unadkat continued to ask questions to the batsmen with a probing line and length. Reaping the rewards of his hard work the left-armer would go on to complete his 20th five-fer before finally picking up the last wicket.
The southpaw now has 65 wickets in his bag which includes seven five-wicket hauls in this domestic season. This is the second most wickets in a Ranji season and the most by a pacer in a Ranji season.
He is also the third pacer after L Balaji (2002-03) and A Choudhary (2018-19) to return with seven 5-fers in a Ranji season.
Unadkat is now just behind Ashutosh Aman (68) in all time list of most wickets in a Ranji season.
— Rahul ® (@RahulSadhu009) March 4, 2020
Rajkot will host the Ranji Trophy final between Bengal and Saurashtra, on March 9. Saurashtra had lost last year’s title clash to Vidarbha.
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