Unadkat takes four while India Red takes momentum in the final of the Duleep Trophy

BENGALURU: experienced pacemaker on the left arm Jaydev Unadkat returned a four wicket tour to help India Red take advantage of the early initiative in the Duleep Trophy final like India Green They staggered at 147 for 8 on the opening day, Wednesday.

It turned out to be stop-start day after India Green captain Faiz Fazal opted to bat.

Mayank Markande, who hit number eight, became the best scorer with his undefeated 32-stroke hit when Unadkat and his bowling colleagues never allowed rival hitters to settle attacking intermittently.

Fazal fell to Wadket against Unadkat by 12 after adding 19 runs for the opening wicket with Akshath Reddy.

Reddy (16) and Delhi batter Dhruv Shorey (23) then conducted 34 races with the former adopting a positive approach.

However, three wickets - Shorey, Siddhesh Lad and Reddy in the space of 12 runs, pegged India Green back.

While Shorey stole one from the goalkeeper Ishan Kishan in front of Sandeep Warrier (1/25), Lad fell to Unadkat and Reddy's patient coup ended when he ran out of it.

With Green in trouble with 73 for 4 of 25 overs, the rain stopped the game.

When the game resumed, Aksh Deep Nath (29) and Akshay Wadkar (6) sought to do the rescue act by adding 27 runs.

The left-hand spinner Aditya Sarwate finished the stand, causing Nath to be caught by Captain Priyank Panchal with the score at 92.

Green lost Wadkar's wickets and the versatile Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (15) to slip even more.

Unadkat had his fourth scalp, when he made Rajesh Mohanty catch by a duck.

However, Markande's defiant blow and his 35-run position for the ninth wicket with Tanveer ul-Haq (8 batting) ensured that Green finished the day without further setbacks.

Rain stopped playing with Green in 133 for 8 in 43 overs. The game resumed after some time, but only six more overs were possible with a bad light that ended the day's procedures.

Brief score:

India Green: 147 for 8 in 49 overs ( Mayank Markande 32 batting, Aksh Deep Nath 29; Jaydev Unadkat 4/58.

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