Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Kerala enters the quarterfinals of Twenty20 cricket. They beat Madhya Pradesh by eight wickets in the final match of Group D.
Score: Madhya Pradesh 5–171, Kerala 2–-172.
This is Kerala’s third win in five matches. Kerala will face Himachal Pradesh on the 16th.
Kerala, who set a target of 172 to win, did not have a good start. Openers Rohan Kunnummal (29) and Mohammad Azhar (21) lost their wickets in the ninth over. At that time Kerala had scored 62 runs. Captain Sanju Samson (56 off 33 balls) and Sachin Baby (51 off 27 balls) were unbeaten on target. With 12 balls to go.
Kerala won the toss and elected to field In the first over, Manukrishnan took the wicket of opener Venkatesh Iyer (1). Rajat Pattedar scored 77 for Madhya Pradesh. MS Akhil took two wickets. Jalaj Saxena and S Mithun have one wicket each.
Kerala is second in the group. Surpassed Madhya Pradesh in run rate. Gujarat is number one. Kerala defeated Assam and Bihar. They lost to Railways and Gujarat.
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