S Sreesanth: Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Sreesanth makes comeback with a wicket, Jalaj stars in Kerala’s win | Cricket News


A full ball that pitches on middle-stump line and straightens just enough to beat the batsman’s attempt to flick it to the leg-side and hit the top of off-stump. Not bad for a 37-year-old fast bowler playing his first competitive game in nearly eight years.
S Sreesanth made his return to cricket memorable after a seven-year ban, as he dismissed Fabid Ahmed in his second over and wheeled away into a characteristic celebration with his arms outstretched.
Sreesanth finished with respectable figures of 1-29 in four overs while seasoned all-rounder Jalaj Saxena took three wickets (3/13) with his canny off-spin to suck the momentum out of Puducherry’s innings and set up Kerala’s win by six wickets in their first match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
The build-up to the match was centred around Sreesanth and the pacer did not have to wait long before getting that match-feel as Kerala opted to field.
Sreesanth, bowling the innings’ second over, went for nine runs as he went a tad too full and straight, looking for swing. He recovered to remove Fabid in a three-over first spell and later came back to bowl the 15th over. At the end of his four overs, he touched the popping crease and offered his prayers.
Sreesanth, in fact, ended up as the most economical of the three Kerala pacers while Basil Thampi (0/32) and KM Asif (1/37) gave away a few easy runs towards the end as Puducherry posted 138.
Kerala chased down the target in 18.2 overs losing four wickets. Mohammed Azharuddeen (30) and Robin Uthappa (18) gave them a quick start, which was capitalized by skipper Sanju Samson (32). For Puducherry, the all-round effort of Ashith Rajiv (33 no and 3/18) went in vain.
Brief scores: Puducherry 138/6 (Ashith Rajiv 33 no; Jalaj Saxena 3/13, S Sreesanth 1/29) lost to Kerala 139/4 in 18.2 overs (Sanju Samson 32, Mohammed Azharuddeen 30; Ashith Rajiv 3/18) by 6 wickets.



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