S. Sreesanth didn’t disappoint. The 37-year-old seamer, returning to competitive cricket after seven years, played his part in Kerala’s six-wicket win against Puducherry in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 tournament in Mumbai on Monday.

Coming off a ban following the spot-fixing scandal of the 2012 IPL, he took a wicket with the second ball of his second over, cleaning up Fabid Ahmed. For an ageing seamer who had been away from the game for so long, it was indeed a commendable performance, as he bowled his first three overs on the trot.

It was overall a fine effort from the Kerala bowlers, who restricted Puducherry to 138 for six. After Sreesanth and fellow-pacer K.M. Asif sent back the openers, and Sheldon Jackson was needlessly run-out, Jalaj Saxena took over. The Indore-born off-spinning all-rounder claimed three for 13, stifling the middle-order.

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