Ranji: Kerala makes maiden semi-final entry, beating Gujarat


Wayanad: Scripting history, Kerala stormed into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy for the first time with a 113-run win against Gujarat on the third day of the quarter-final here Thursday.

This is the first time the Kerala team has entered the last-four stage of the prestigious tournament in over five decades. In the last season, the state made its maiden entry into quarter-finals, but lost to Vidarbha.

Requiring 195 to win, Gujarat was shot out for 81 in 31.3 overs as Basil Thampi (5 for 27) and Sandeep Warrier (4 for 30) wrecked the strong rival batting line-up.

Scores:

Kerala 185 all-out & 171 all-out beat Gujarat 162 all-out and 81 all-out in 31.3 overs (Rahul Shah 33*, Basil Thampi 5/27, Sandeep Warrier 4/30)