Unadkat’s match-winning spell was even more special since came in his home debut at the Central County Ground in Hove, and under the captaincy of his India and Saurashtra teammate Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 26 & 23.
It was just his second County Championship match for Sussex.
In the second innings, overcoming a sore ankle, Unadkat finished with figures of six for 94 after bowling 32.4 overs, with his final four wickets coming in the last hour in a sensational 31-ball final burst. Leicestershire, who nearly pulled off the chase, were 453 for six before Unadkat took their final four wickets to bowl them out for 483 to give Sussex their second County Championship win of the season.
Unadkat had signed up for Sussex after India’s tour of the West Indies in July-August, where he played two Tests and an ODI. He made his County Championship debut against Durham on September 3 at Chester-le-Street, returning figures of 1-93 & 0-9. Unadkat has now taken 392 wickets in 105 First-Class matches, which includes four Tests.
Meanwhile, Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav enjoyed fine County Championship debuts, taking five wickets each. Ignotred fopr the ODI World Cup, leg-spinner Chahal took 3-63 (including a ripper to clean up Lyndon James’s off-stump) & 2-43 for Kent, who drew their Division One match against Nottinghamshire. Bowling 33 overs, off-spinner Yadav took five for 131 for Middlesex against Lancashire at Old Trafford in Manchester. Responding to Middlesex’s 194, Lancashire made 413. Middlesex made 160 for 3 in reply as the match ended in a draw.
LSG players to camp in Aus
The Lucknow Super Giants have sent a few of their domestic players like Ayush Badoni and Prerak Mankad to Australia for a short pre-season camp.
“Most of our foreign players are busy with international cricket or other T20 leagues. It’s just a short duration camp, with a few of our domestic players,” a source at LSG told TOI.