Today cricket match report: Ranji Trophy 2022-23: Saurashtra leads day one before destroying Unadkat’s career-best Delhi

Early in the morning, it seemed like you were playing EA Cricket on your computer. Using only four arrow keys, Unadkat (8 against 39) adjusted length and speeded through top order for fun.

Jaydev Unadkat’s 6-for-20 opening spell in 7 overs put Delhi in a pinch, but the brave rear of Hrithik Shokeen (68 n.o, 90b, 9×4, 3×6) helped his guard out on the first day of the Ranji Trophy. Helped restore iota of pride. Elite Group B matches in Rajkot on Tuesday.

The Delhi bowlers worked hard on a pitch that seemed relaxed enough to start a steady run. Harvik Desai and Jay Gohil added 64 for the first wicket before the latter was caught by his Shokeen on the tee shot. Saurashtra leads Stumps by 51, Harvik are 104 undefeated and Chirag Jani is approaching 50. The two added 120 for his second wicket.

Early in the morning, he seemed to be playing EA Cricket on his computer. Using only 4 arrow keys, Unadkat adjusted lengths and top orders fast for fun. The Saurashtra captain threw Ranji his first over in his trophy history to record his hat-trick in form Dhruv Shory, Bhai Bhabrawal and fellow Derryman Yash his Dru in his third of the game, four. I removed it from the 5th delivery. The left-arm pacemaker made two more selections in the game’s third over to take his 21st five-for-four in first-class cricket.

Derry delivered an incredible batting performance of cowardice. At one point, after Unadkat’s hat-trick, a Saurashtra player watching the game from near the border shouted ‘Wicket Aaya’ before the ball was thrown and sent off. His dismay was perhaps heightened by his knowledge that Derry won the pitch and chose to bat with a touch of green on vibrant conditions and hard turf.

Shokeen was the only beacon of hope. That he handled the trial’s Saurastra prosecution with relative ease is all the more important given the circumstances prior to his arrival at the position. He survived a few tight lbw calls of his, allowing a few hits on hand, and early in the inning he was dropped by Cordon on his way to 70-ball 50. He reached the milestone with his 6, adding his 80 for the ninth wicket, with Shivank Vashisth making his 38. Delhi eventually folded at 133 and Unadkat took a career-best count of his 39-for-8, reaffirming his red-ball dominance.

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