Before this match, Sreesanth turned out in 87 List A matches to claim 113 wickets including a best of 6/55. Earlier, Sreesanth had registered for the IPL auction 2021 at a base price of Rs 75 lakh but his name got excluded by the pruned down list submitted by the eight franchises. Sreesanth picked up his first wicket of the innings by sending by UP opener Abhishek Goswami for 54 (63 balls, 2x6, 4x4) and added the wicket of top-scorer Akshdeep Nath for 68 (60 balls, 9x4).
Sreesanth took to his official Twitter account and expressed, "I will never ever cheat cricket even when I am playing a friendly match. I don’t bowl easy ones or try to lose. So pls get that right with everyone. I’m completely free of any charges and anything and now gonna represent the sport I love the most. I will give my very best." He also said, "I will give my very best to every ball I bowl even it’s just practice. I just have another 5 to 7 years max to give it all I’ve got and I will give the very best to any team I play for and share my humble experiences."