Last night (July 25), Sreesanth made his debut in the Zim Afro T10 League, playing for the Harare Hurricanes against the Cape Town Samp Army. The match took place at the Harare Sports Club and turned out to be an exciting encounter.
Winning the toss, Cape Town Samp Army chose to bowl first, and the Harare Hurricanes managed to put up a competitive total of 115/6 in 10 overs, thanks to Donovan Ferreira’s impressive knock of 87 runs off 33 balls.
In pursuit of 116 for victory, Cape Town Samp Army seemed to be comfortably cruising towards the target, reaching 108/3 in nine overs. With only eight runs needed off the last six balls, their win appeared inevitable. However, Sreesanth had other plans and put up a stunning display in the final over, conceding just seven runs, which resulted in the game ending in a tie.
Sreesanth’s final over started with a crucial wicket as he dismissed Karim Janat on the very first ball. The next two deliveries brought four runs, and the equation came down to three runs off three balls. Showing remarkable composure, Sreesanth deceived Matthew Breetzke with a well-executed slower delivery on the fourth ball, and the batters managed to take a leg bye.
On the fifth ball, Sean Williams tried to score, but Sreesanth’s dive and incredible direct hit caught him short of the crease, leaving Cape Town Samp Army with two runs to win off the last ball. However, they could only manage a leg bye, leading to a thrilling tie as the 10-over game concluded.
The match then headed into a Super Over since both teams had finished with equal scores. During the Super Over, Harare’s Nandre Burger delivered an outstanding performance, conceding only six runs and taking a wicket. Chasing seven runs for victory, Harare Hurricanes achieved the target in just five balls, securing a memorable win.
Mohammad Nabi and Donovan Ferreira played crucial roles in the Super Over, scoring five runs, while Peter Hatzoglou of Cape Town Samp Army was a bit expensive, conceding two wides and a leg-bye.
In the end, Sreesanth’s heroics were not in vain, as his team, the Harare Hurricanes, made sure to capitalize on his remarkable performance and emerged victorious from this thrilling encounter.