Kerala beat Himachal Pradesh in Ranji Trophy
Kerala pulled off a 61-run win over group-toppers Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy Group C tie here on Sunday to keep their hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals alive.
Needing 86 more runs on the third day with only three wickets remaining, Himachal batters could add only 24 runs and were bowled out for 134 in their second innings.
Kerala have 18 points from five matches and are tied on points with Jammu and Kashmir for the second spot. Himachal Pradesh are leading with 23 points from six games.
Kerala next play Maharashtra at home from December 14.
Brief scores: Kerala 214 and 155 bt Himachal Pradesh 174 and 134 all out in 39.2 overs (Prashant Chopra 36, Rishi Dhawan 33; Vinoop Manoharan 5-43, C.P. Shahid 3-27, P Prasanth 2-52).