‘Cricket can be so harsh at times’ and Warwickshire speedster Ryan Sidebottom will certainly agree with this statement after his bizarre dismissal in a County Championship Division 2 clash against Durham.
Sidebottom was dismissed by India’s left-arm spinner Akshar Patel. He was trying to flick the ball towards square leg but unluckily it hit the helmet of the fielder at short leg before ricocheting back to Akshar, who completed a simple catch on his follow through.
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Meanwhile, Akshar Patel continued to impress in his maiden county stint for Durham. Patel took 9 wickets against Warwickshire across two innings. He also recorded his career-best bowling figures (7 for 54) in first-class cricket in the same match. Some of his victims included renowned names like Ian Bell, Jeetan Patel, Olly Stone and Tim Ambrose.
It was Akshar’s second noteworthy performance for Durham in the span of three matches. On his county debut last month, the 24-year-old has batted wonderfully well with the tail-enders to score an unbeaten 95 off 99 balls in an innings win over Glamorgan.