Experienced fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat delivered a decisive bowling display, leading Sussex to victory in the County Championship clash against Leicestershire at County Ground, Hove.
Under the leadership of Cheteshwar Pujara, Sussex batted first in the match despite losing the toss. They managed to put up a total of 262 runs in 72.1 overs in their first innings, losing all their wickets in the process.
Pujara struggled, accumulating only 26 runs from 51 deliveries while occupying the number 4 spot in the batting order. Subsequently, Sussex efficiently dismissed Leicestershire for a mere 108 runs, establishing a 154-run lead.
Unadkat contributed significantly with three wickets in the second innings, bolstering his team’s bowling effort. Sussex eventually declared their third innings at 344/9 after a lengthy 102 overs, establishing a commanding 498-run lead.
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Pujara’s batting struggles persisted as he managed just 23 runs from 46 deliveries. In a challenging pursuit of 499 in the fourth innings, Leicestershire exhibited significant improvement, showing resilience throughout the match.
However, they narrowly fell short, getting bowled out for 483 in 132.4 overs, resulting in a 15-run loss.
Jaydev Unadkat displayed remarkable stamina in Sussex’s final innings, claiming six wickets from 32.4 overs, playing a pivotal role in their thrilling victory. His teammates acknowledged and applauded his outstanding bowling performance as he led them off the field, receiving a well-deserved standing ovation.
Jaydev Unadkat featured in India’s two-match Test series against West Indies in July
After showcasing remarkable performances in the Ranji Trophy and various domestic tournaments in recent years, Jaydev Unadkat earned a call-up to the Indian Test team at the end of the previous year.
He initially made his Test debut in 2010 against South Africa in Centurion. Making a comeback after a 12-year hiatus, he featured in his second Test match against Bangladesh in December 2022, securing three wickets.
During the West Indies tour, Unadkat played both Tests, but on unresponsive pitches, he remained without wickets as spinners dominated the bowling performances for both teams.