Ranji Trophy: Jadeja, Unadkat snatches Gujarat's momentum

RAJKOT: It puts a price on your wicket and why not? One of the most prolific hitters on the domestic scene for quite some time, the batter Saurashtra Sheldon jackson He brought his 19th century first class, third of this season in a crucial draw against Gujarat in his homeland in Rajkot on Sunday.

The 33 years resurrected life in the first entries of Saurashtra. Picking up the witness, then captain of Saurashtra Jaydev Unadkat He guided his bowling team to push visitors against the wall. Panic was cut from the roots when Gujarat's long batting lineup was reduced to the size of a bonsai. After 185 races, in stumps, Parthiv Patel&costaggeredto119for6.

Sheldon's rescue act came with his share of luck. With the increase in frustration every minute at Gujarat camp, Captain Parthiv left the Jackson with an attack mentality at 84 in front of the delivery of sailor Arzan Nagwaswalla and then scored 103 (15x4, 2x6) of 204 balls.

But the splendid start slowed after Sheldon's partner Chirag Jani (29 of 123) was tried on the leg before the wicket (lbw). The floodgates opened shortly after and Jackson followed him to the pavilion after getting rid of Nagwaswalla. The star of the previous day was again at the forefront in the conspiracy of the fall of the Saurashtra hitters. The left-arm sailor brought his fourth five in first-class cricket with the Prerak Mankad wicket (15 of 40 balls), which was caught in the short leg.

After receiving a slightly flattering 304 in the first innings, the Saurashtra shelter smiled once again after the initial low when left-handed hunters Unadkat (2 by 42) and Chetan Sakariya (1 by 29) struck in their respective first opportunities Priyank Panchal Unadkat caught the leg before and the decision was challenged with the first DRS call of the match, but the referee's decision in the field was not reversed. Sakariya sent Samit Gohel's stumps around and the door was shown to the openers.

At tea time, Gujarat was in a precarious situation, Bhargav Marai beat the fast bowler Mankad (1 by 13) and Harvik Desai took a clean catch in the second slide. Things went downhill from there. Dhruv Raval (35 of 58 balls) who grew in confidence and seemed ready to convert the start he received, was the victim of an oscillating delivery of Unadkat giving an easy capture in the second slide. With just a few minutes for the stumps to be removed, the swivel wheel on the left arm Dharmendrasinh Jadeja he swallowed two fast gates: Gujarat's captain, Parthiv (27 of 32) and Chirag Gandhi (0 of 6 balls), instilling fear in the minds of visitors. Gandhi's gate was submitted to a DRS call that saw the third referee revoke the original decision.

Gujarat urgently needed a society, but little could their batters do in front of the relentless Saurashtra bowling unit.

Brief scores: Saurashtra 304 all out in 127.4 overs ( Sheldon jackson 103, Chirag Jani 29; Arzan Nagwaswalla 5/81, Axar Patel 3/56) vs Gujarat 119/6 in 39 overs (Dhruv Raval 35, Parthiv Patel 27, Rujul Bhatt batting 27; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 2/10, Jaydev Unadkat 2/42)