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Umesh Yadav wrecks havoc with a five-wicket haul against Durham

Umesh Yadav, a veteran Indian pacer, had a fantastic outing in Middlesex’s second group game of the Royal London One-Day Cup against Durham in Chester-le-Street on Sunday, August 7th, grabbing a scintillating five-wicket haul.

Middlesex faced Durham in their second game of the season, after suffering a crushing defeat against Leicestershire in their first. Following their humiliating defeat against Surrey in the previous match, Durham won the toss and elected to bat first in this match.

Umesh Yadav, who had a single wicket in the previous game, equaled that total with only the second ball of the game, dismissing Durham’s opening batter Graham Clark. In his second over, he took another wicket, dismissing the newly arrived skipper Scott Borthwick at the crease.

Following Chris Rushworth, the Indian pacer returned to run through the tail, clean bowling Oliver Gibson for a duck as he finished with incredible figures of 5/33 in 9.2 overs. Young leg-spinner Luke Hollman fished with a four-for in his ten overs, providing Middlesex with crucial breakthroughs in the middle overs.

Durham was staring down the barrel after losing three quick wickets early in their innings, but Michael Jones and Alex Lees stitched together a crucial 109-run fourth-wicket stand to steady the ship. Lees was dismissed after a solid half-century, but his partner Jones added a brilliant century to take their total to 268.

Middlesex is making a mockery of the chase in their reply, and by the time the scores are written, they are 132/0 in 20 overs. Middlesex skipper Stephen Eskinazi is unbeaten on 65 of 63 deliveries, while his opening partner Mark Stoneman is unbeaten on 62 of 60 deliveries, complementing his skipper very well. The writing appears to be on the wall for Durham, as the batting side cruises to a below-par score.