S Sreesanth made his Zim Afro T10 League debut on Tuesday, July 25, for the Harare Hurricanes against the Cape Town Samp Army.
The fast bowler put up a phenomenal bowling display, helping his team record a breathtaking victory at the Harare Sports Club.
In the captivating contest, Cape Town Samp Army won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Hurricanes, led by Donovan Ferreira’s sensational unbeaten knock of 87 runs off 33 balls, posted a mammoth total of 115 runs in the allocated 10 overs.
Chasing 116, the Cape Town Samp Army reached 108/3 in nine overs, putting themselves in a favorable position for win with only eight runs required from six balls.
However, Sreesanth’s brilliant effort, which saw him conceding just seven runs in the final over when they needed eight to win, turned the tide and pushed the encounter into an electrifying Super Over.
In a nerve-wracking final over, Sreesanth set the tone by removing the dangerous Karim Janat on the very first delivery.
Meanwhile, Sean Williams secured a single off the second ball. The third delivery of the over saw Matthew Breetzke getting a boundary via outside edge, leaving the equation at three runs needed from the final three balls.
With nerves of steel, Sreesanth deceived Matthew with a perfect slower delivery on the fourth ball but he managed to sneak a leg-bye.
Sean Williams then attempted to guide the fifth ball towards mid-on, but Sreesanth’s sensational dive saved any runs and led to a brilliant direct hit, resulting in Williams dismissal.
With two needed off the last ball, Breetzke managed a leg bye as the match ended in a tie.
Sreesanth’s sensational display of defending eight runs in the final over has taken social media by storm. Fans are celebrating his much-awaited return to the cricketing scene.
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In the thrilling Super Over, Nandre Burger put up a masterclass with the ball, restricting Karim Janat and Breetzke to six runs and claiming the prized wicket of Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Chasing seven runs for the win, Harare Hurricanes reached 8/0 in just five balls. Peter Hatzoglou conceded two wides and a leg-bye, while Mohammad Nabi and Donovan Ferreira scored the other five runs.