Ryan Sidebottom gets out in a bizarre manner
Axar scalped seven wickets in the second innings to help his team make a comeback.
Updated - Sep 7, 2018 10:00 pm
India’s left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel came up with a brilliant bowling performance in County Championship Division Two match against Warwickshire on Friday, taking seven wickets for 54 runs against Warwickshire. He show left Durham with a target of 218 though they are also struggling in the pursuit and have lost quick wickets upfront. However, Axar affected one of the most bizarre dismissals which was the talk of the town amidst his brilliant spell.
This is the 24-year-old bowler’s third match in the championship and he has already proved his mettle both with the bat and ball. While he has taken 15 wickets including a nine-wicket haul in the current game, he blasted an unbeaten 95 against Glamorgan in Cardiff last month.
The dismissal was a quite bizarre one as Patel caught it after it got deflected off the short leg fielder after Sidebottom tried to glance it. The ball pitched on a good length area which was flicked off the pads handsomely by the batsman. However, the Graham Clark who was the short-leg fielder fended to save himself and the ball hit his helmet and deflected directly to the bowler.
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Patel helped Durham make a comeback
Axar Patel bowled superbly against Warwickshire after they had a decent start with 47 for one at the loss of one wicket. His seven-for helped Durham bowl out the opponents for 199 to gain an overall lead of 217. In the first innings, Durham had fallen just 18 runs short of their opposition’s score of 310.
Among his scalps in the second innings were former England internationals Ian Bell and former New Zealand international Jeetan Patel, who is the captain of Warwickshire. He ran through the tail and his final wicket was the opponent’s No.11 Sidebottom who was caught and bowled.
Patel, who found a berth in India’s squad for Asia Cup scheduled to begin in the United Arab Emirates next week, has played 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is for India, taking 54 wickets. He has been playing the longer formats for India ‘A’ and now in the County which might earn him a Test call soon.