Kerala defeated Himachal Pradesh by five wickets in the match played at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, Nadon, and entered the Ranji Trophy 2018 quarter-finals.
Chasing the target of 297 runs, Kerala won the match with 23 overs more to bowl on the last day due to an excellent half-century of captain Sachin Baby, Vinod Manoharan and Sanju Samson.
Sachin (92) and Sanju (61 not out) added 88 runs for the fifth wicket to ensure victory for Kerala.
With a 26-point lead, Kerala barred Baroda from entering the Quarterfinals in the Ranji trophy for the second year.
Kerala had lost to former champion Vidarbha in the quarter-final last year. The Kerala team joined the knockout phase along with Vidarbha, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Gujarat.
Summary of Kerala Vs Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh 297 and 285/8, 52.1 overs
Kerala 286 and 299/5 in 67 overs (Venop Manoharan 96, Sachin Baby 92, Sanju Samson 61 not out).
Points: Kerala 6, Himachal Pradesh 0
Results of other matches in Round 9
Railways won by an innings and 58 runs against Maharashtra.
Sikkim wins by 10 wickets against Arunachal Pradesh.
Haryana wins by 6 wickets against Services.
Bihar wins by 3 wickets against Manipur.
Uttarakhand wins by an innings and 56 runs against Mizoram.
Andhra wins by 307 runs against Madhya Pradesh
Odisha defeats Goa by 276 runs.
Jharkhand wins by an innings and 48 runs against J & K.
Nagaland vs Puducherry match drawn.
Tamil Nadu vs Delhi: Match drawn.
Saurashtra vs Vidarbha: Match drawn.
Uttar Pradesh vs Assam: Match drawn.
Bengal vs Punjab: Match drawn.
Here are the eight teams for the quarterfinals: (From Elite Groups A and B) Vidarbha, Saurashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, and Gujarat; (from Elite Group C) Team Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh; (from Plate Group) Team Uttarakhand.
Quarterfinal matches will begin from January 15.
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