On winning the toss against Mumbai, in their Syed Mushtaq Ali encounter on January 13, Kerala opted o field first, Mumbai looked solid with openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Aditya Tare charging at the Kerala bowlers.
But before the charging went full flow, Mumbai had a fairly slow start with 39/0 after the first 5 overs. Kerala pacer Sreesanth, bowling his 3rd over in the spell, came in to bowl the last over of Powerplay with Yashasvi Jaiswal on strike. Sreesanth, who bagged his first wicket in 7 years against Puducherry on Monday, stared down at the batsman after a dot ball.
Much to Sreesanth’s surprise, Jaiswal next smacked him for a huge six over deep midwicket. Jaiswal tried to play a similar shot in the previous delivery but failed to connect. On the next delivery, Sreesanth pitched it back of a length and Jaiswal once again smacked it over mid-wicket.
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— Sandybatsman (@sandybatsman) January 14, 2021
Sreesanth, who had conceded only 12 runs in his first 2 overs, ended up giving away 18 runs in the 6th over as Jaiswal followed up the 2 sixes for a boundary. Jaiswal was finally dismissed for 40 off 32 but Sreesanth remained wicketless in Thursday’s game.
However, it turned out to be Kerala’s day with Mohammed Azharuddeen hitting a 37-ball hundred which also the 3rd highest T20 score by an Indian.
Kerala was guided, to an 8-wicket victory over Mumbai, by Mohammed Azharuddeen’s unbeaten 137 off 54 balls which also the 3rd highest T20 score by an Indian. Kerala were given a target of 197, which they completed within just 15.5 overs, with Azharuddeen hitting a last-ball six of Siddesh Lad at the Wankhede stadium.
Why is Sreesanth wearing a new number 369 on his jersey?
With charges of match-fixing in IPL 2013, Sreesanth was slapped with a lifetime ban by the BCCI. However, with his ban period getting reduced to 7 years, the pacer is back representing his state team Kerala in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The 37-year-old Sreesanth now donning a new jersey number 369 on his back and has revealed the reason behind it.
“This time I will be wearing jersey number 369 instead of 36. 9 because my daughter Srisanvika was born on May 9. Srisanvika means Lakshmi. Everyone knows my wife’s name, Bhuvneshwari Kumari is called at home ‘Nayan’. So it sounds like 9. This is the reason I have decided to wear jersey number 369,” Sreesanth told ETV Bharat.