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Unadkat: Three wickets and an award

April 17, 2010 23:37 IST

Jaydev UnadkatJaydev Unadkat was an unusual choice for the man-of-the-match honours after his Kolkata Knight Riders side had comprehensively beaten the Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.

But certainly the most deserving one.

The rookie left-arm pacer took three wickets helping the Knight Riders restrict Rajasthan for a paltry 132 for nine having lost the toss.

Shane Watson (44) smashed Unadkat for 14 runs in his first over as Rajasthan made a bright start.

But Unadkat, rated highly by KKR bowling coach Wasim Akram, came back strong.

In his second over, he had Naman Ojha caught by Laxmi Ratn Shukla at point.

And a spectacular diving catch by Sourav Ganguly ensured Unadkat the prized wicket of Yusuf Pathan.

Unadkat went on to dismiss Abhishek Raut (caught by Chris Gayle) for his third wicket.

The Saurashtra pacer, playing in just his second match, returned with impressive figures of 4-0-26-3.

Enough to earn him the award mentioned above.