Ranji highlights: Sensational chase seals Kerala's QF berth

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RANJI TROPHY 2018-19

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Sanju Samson stroked a quickfire fifty to power Kerala's chase

Sanju Samson stroked a quickfire fifty to power Kerala’s chase © Getty

Led by 90s from Vinoop Manoharan and Sachin Baby, followed by a brisk 61 from Sanju Samson, Kerala chased down 299 on the final day to secure their second consecutive quarterfinal spot. In the must-win encounter, they chased down the target with 5 wickets in hand. They will play Gujarat in the next round.

Led by Gokul Sharma’s unbeaten century, Assam provided a strong resistance in the second innings to finish with a draw, reaching 317 for 4 before the game was over. However, on the basis of a first innings lead, Uttar Pradesh bagged three points and secured their qualification for the quarterfinals.

Led by Shahbaz Nadeem’s four-fer, Jharkhand bowled out Jammu & Kashmir for 120 in the second innings to register a victory by an innings and 48 runs. However, despite bagging seven points from the game, Jharkhand fell 1 behind Uttar Pradesh who became the second team to qualify from Group C.

Jonty Sidhu’s unbeaten 140 proved too little as Tamil Nadu gained a 96-run first innings lead before posting 113 for 1 to finish a disappointing season with their fifth draw. Delhi finished at the bottom of Group B with only 14 points.

Vishvarajsinh Jadeja stroked an unbeaten ton on a drab final day of their group clash against Vidarbha as Saurashtra scored 218 for 2 before the match was declared as a draw. With the three points from the game, Saurashtra finished as the second highest ranked team in the combined Group A and B table. They will take on Uttar Pradesh in the quarters.

Needing 173 to win in 15 overs, Punjab could manage only 132 for 5 before the game ended, resulting in neither teams managing to qualify for the quarterfinals. Led by Abhimanyu Easwaran’s unbeaten double ton, Bengal gave a strong reply in the second innings to post 432 for 6 before declaring their innings. However, the delayed declaration left both teams with very little time to enforce a result.

S Karthik and M Viknesh’s fifties kept Nagaland at bay from securing a surprise win in the consequential encounter against Puducherry. Nagaland, however, bagged three points from the match as Puducherry managed 208 for 3 chasing 404.

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