Mohammed Siraj sends Ponnam Rahul’s middle and off-stump for a toss with a stunning delivery
Siraj picked seven wickets to play a crucial role in the wing against Kerala.
Updated - Jan 7, 2020 11:54 am
Mohammed Siraj once again gave a glimpse of his immense talent by helping Hyderabad beat Kerala by six wickets in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. After failing to do well in the first three games of the campaign, the right-arm pacer led the pace attack brilliantly and finished the game with a total of seven wickets.
In the first innings, he picked up four wickets for just 59 runs to help Hyderabad bowl out Kerala for 164. In the second innings, he took 3 for 47, helping his side wrap up the opposition innings for a modest 218. And the pick of his seven wickets was the way he castled Kerala opener Ponnam Rahul for a seven-ball duck in the second innings.
Both teams needed a solid start to get ahead in the contest and it was Hyderabad who did it thanks to Siraj. Kerala had managed only two runs before Siraj bowled a stunning delivery which uprooted Rahul’s leg and off stump. Later, Siraj himself took to Instagram to post a clip of that dismissal.
Mohammed Siraj bowled a good length delivery which jagged back just a bit. The batsman, meanwhile, went for an expansive drive away from his body and left a gap between his bat and pad. It was enough for the ball crash on to the stumps as the middle and off pole went for a toss.
Here’s the video:
An outright win for Hyderabad:
Hyderabad, nonetheless, ended their three-match losing streak in the ongoing season by beating Kerala. On the final day of the match, Kerala started on 204 for eight after conceding a first-innings lead of 64 runs. And they could not add much on the final day as they were folded up for just 218. Hyderabad had to chase 155 to register an outright win and they did without much trouble.
Tanmay Agarwal and Akshath Reddy made a confident start by putting on their second fifty-plus partnership of the season. Hyderabad did lose three wickets in quick succession to find themselves reeling at 82 for 3. However, a crucial 59-run stand for the fourth wicket between Jamalpur Mallikarjun and Himalay Agarwal all but sealed the game for Hyderabad.
When Mallikarjun was run out for 38, Hyderabad needed only 14 runs to cross the line. Himalay and Ravi Teja then took the team over the line. With the win, Hyderabad has six points from four games while Kerala has three from four matches.