Ranji Trophy Final: Jaffer slips in happy hunting ground

Ranji Trophy legend Wasim Jaffer, who scored three hundreds and a double ton in 2018-19, records his lowest score of the season, 23, at home.

Jaffer nicked a back-of-a-length Jaydev Unadkat delivery behind to Snell Patel to fall for 23 on Day One of the Ranji Trophy final.   -  vivek bendre

It is not easy to anticipate movement when the ball lands on the seam. On a normal day, Wasim Jaffer would not stick his bat out to a delivery outside off. But the Faiz Fazal run out in the 11th over perhaps pushed him into a shell.

After looking moderately set, he nicked a back-of-a-length Jaydev Unadkat delivery to Snell Patel behind the stumps to record his lowest score, 23, at home in Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season.

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The earlier scores read: 41, 34 against Karnataka, 153 against Baroda, 126 against Gujarat, 178 against Mumbai and a mammoth 206 against Uttarakhand [in the quarterfinal].

On day one of the final against Saurashtra, the Vidarbha batsman lasted 67 balls and 104 minutes. The innings comprised only one four and a ‘surprise’ six.

Jaffer walked out to bat in the seventh over after Unadkat got rid off Sanjay Ramaswamy.

The pressure doubled when Fazal slowed down while attempting a two, throwing his wicket in the process — the scoreboard read 29 for the loss of two wickets.

Jaffer took time to settle down. The first boundary came in the 22nd ball off Prerak Mankad. The artsy flick through square leg had the ingredients of a big knock but the Saurashtra bowlers kept testing him on the off. He is better known for his leg-side play.

The six off Dharmendrasinh Jadeja was straight out of a painting. The old school batter danced down the track to dispose of a tossed up delivery over long off.

Soon after the aerial route, Jaffer locked himself up again adding only five more runs off 31 balls.

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