The first match of the 2019 Deodhar Trophy took place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi between India A and India B. Parthiv Patel led India B cruised past Hanuma Vihari’s India A by 108 runs.
After asked to bat first, India B posted a mammoth total of 302/6 in 50 overs, thanks to centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad (113) and Baba Aparajith (101).
In reply, India A never looked in the chase, and when things were looking dull, a schoolboy error involving Jaydev Unadkat took place, which left everyone in splits.
The incident happened in the 43rd over of the second innings when the result of the match was inconsequential. India A was struggling at 176/7 with Unadkat on strike to face the fifth ball of Shahbaz Nadeem’s over. The 28-year-old tailender came down the track to play the delivery and pushed the ball to the cover fielder.
However, during all the action, Unadkat slipped, and after completing his shot, he kept staring at the spot where the ball was pitched. Hilariously, Unadkat forgot to go back to the crease, and the alert Kedar Jadhav at covers fired the throw towards wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, who dislodged the bails in a flash.
Unadkat had no idea what panned out in a split second and had to walk back to the pavilion after scoring only a solitary run off seven balls.