Kerala won the game by 6 wickets and started their campaign on a winning note. Kerala captain Sanju Samson was the pick of the batsman in the first match as he scored an impressive 32 off 26 balls with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, Sreesanth made a grand comeback to competitive cricket. The right-arm fast bowler picked up a wicket in the second ball of his second over.
Sreesanth rattled the Puducherry opener Fabid Ahmed’s off-stump and that’s how the 37-year-old pacer announced his arrival in style. He bowled four overs where he took 1 wicket and gave away 29 runs.
Sanju Samson had his best moment
Apart from this, Sanju Samson also stole the spotlight for an epic moment during the game against Puducherry. In a video that is doing the rounds on social media platforms, Samson can be seen talking to his partner Sachin Baby about a bowler whom he doesn’t like and would hit a huge six.
Just like he said, Samson delivered the next ball for a scintillating six. The video clip caught the attention of netizens as they couldn’t stop praising the wicketkeeper-batsman for his bossy moment.
The incident happened during the 11th over of the second innings when Kerala was tasked to chase 139 in 20 overs. Samson had first asked Sachin Baby who was actually standing at the non-striker’s end.
“Let me give you one”. “Did you not see Jada show up …” On the very next delivery, he launched a six right through mid-off off Sagar’s bowling.
Watch the video below:
Kerala chase down the target
Earlier, Puducherry captain Damodaran Rohit won the toss and opted to bat first. The top-order tumbled and they couldn’t add runs properly. Dogra tried his best but could score 26 off 24. Captain Rohit had a bad day at the office as he scored just 12 runs.
At one stage, they never looked like crossing the 120-run mark but Ashith Rajiv gave a ray of hope by scoring 33 off 29 including 3 sixes as he helped the team score 138/6 in 20 overs. Jalaj Saxena was the pick of the bowlers for Kerala as he accounted for 3 dismissals.
In reply, Kerala provided a great start to the game in the form of Robin Uthappa and Mohammed Azharuddeen as the duo added a 52-run stand for the opening wicket before Azharuddeen was dismissed for 30 off 18 (4 fours, 2 sixes).
Sanju Samson departed after making 32. However, Vishnu Vinod and Salman Nizar added a 31-run stand for the fifth wicket as they helped the team seal the run-chase in 18.2 overs.