Right-arm fast bowler Umesh Yadav pierced through Kerala’s batting line-up at the Krishnagiri Stadium in Wayanad and picked a seven-wicket haul in the semi-finals of the ongoing season of the Ranji Trophy.
Yadav, who could not do much in the recently concluded Test series against Australia, was at his lethal best as he took a personal best 7 for 48 as the hosts were bundled out for just 106 runs in just 28.4 overs with only three players reaching double figures.
The skipper of Kerala Sachin Baby, Basil Thampi, and Vishnu Vinod were the only three batsmen to get to the double-digit score.
The pacer’s first victim was opening batsman Mohammed Azharudeen at the score of 8. Sijomon Joseph was the next to go and he went back to the pavilion without even opening his account. There was respite as Yadav kept on bowling a tight line which did not give any kind of momentum to the batsmen.
Yadav kept on taking wickets at regular intervals and Kerala was bowled out for just 105.
Coming out to bat, Vidarbha started on a good note as veteran and Ranji Legend Wasim Jaffer gave them a steady start. Jaffer continued to be the milestone man as he became the first batsman to score 1000+ runs for the second time in his Ranji Trophy career. During the 2008-2009 season, he had aggregated 1260 runs for Mumbai.
The day ended with Vidarbha putting 171 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets. They have taken a lead of 65 runs, with Faiz Fazal top scoring with 75.
Meanwhile, in the second semi-final of the Ranji Trophy between Karnataka and Saurashtra, Jaydev Unadkat completely rattled the Karnataka batting line-up with an amazing opening spell before half-centuries from Shreyas Gopal, Srinivas Sharath, and Manish Pandey pushed their team to a respectable total in the crucial semi-final clash.
After being reduced to 30 for the loss of 4 wickets within the first hour of the play, knocks by skipper Manish Pandey (62 off 67 balls), wicketkeeper-batsman S Sharath (74 not out), and Shreyas Gopal (87 off 182 balls) took Karnataka to a modest total of 232 for the loss of five wickets before they again fell like a pack of cards. They lost four wickets under the span of just 26 runs.
Unadkat ended the day by taking 4 wickets and Karnataka survived the opening day of the match by scoring 264 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar