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Kerala win, but edged out on net run rate

Rohan Prem's century salvaged a draw for Kerala ESPNcricinfo Ltd

They might have notched a narrow two-wicket win over Vidarbha in their final Group A Super League match, but that was not enough for Kerala to keep their chances of making the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Chasing 106 for victory, Kerala needed to reach their 106-run target in 15.1 overs to match the net run rate of Mumbai, who would play Baroda in the final Group A tie in the afternoon. In the end, Kerala huffed and puffed over the finishing line with eight balls to spare.

Failing to show the urgency proved dearly for Kerala, who, having elected to field, maintained a tight control over the opposition batsmen. The medium pace pairing of Niyas Nizar (3 for 14) and Manu Krishnan (3 for 27) dominated the Vidarbha batsmen, who scored at an astoundingly slow rate. Urvesh Patel top scored with 28 as Vidarbha were bowled out for 105 in the final over.

Kerala might have fancied an easy win but Vidarbha kept the interest alive when Swapnil Bandiwar trapped Kerala opener Sanju Samson leg before in the very first over. But Rohan Prem, the tournament's best batsman, made sure Kerala stayed in the hunt for the final.

But the Kerala batsmen panicked as the Vidarbha bowlers offered no loose deliveries to make the contest a tight one. The Akshays - off spinner Wakhare (3 for 26) and Karnewar, the ambidextrous spinner (3.4-1-14-1) had Kerala's lower order in a spot of bother as Vidarbha suddenly sniffed a possible tie if not a win as the match entered the final fiver overs.

That said, Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal would curse his decision to delay bringing in Karnewar with his unique gift of bowling left-arm spin to right-handers and off spin to left handers once again befuddled the opposition batsmen, but it was not enough as Vidarbha tried hard to defend a small total.

Kerala 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st5SV SamsonN Surendran
2nd27PR PremN Surendran
3rd29PR PremVA Jagadeesh
4th5PR PremSachin Baby
5th17RV GomezPR Prem
6th1PR PremFabid Ahmed
7th16PR PremP Prasanth
8th3P PrasanthU Manukrishnan
9th6N NiyasU Manukrishnan

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Super League Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MAHA440160.826
BENG431120.827
JKAND4228-0.786
GUJ41340.262
RLYS4040-1.175
Super League Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA440161.283
MUM431120.544
VIDAR42280.756
DELHI4134-1.698
UP4040-0.882
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JKAND651201.838
DELHI651201.604
KER642161.92
AP633121.832
J + K63312-0.41
MNPR6154-3.244
NAGA6060-3.876
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
VIDAR651201.083
GUJ642161.28
HP642160.705
TN642160.397
RAJ633120.758
Bihar6154-1.877
MEGHA6060-2.311
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
MUM651201.59
RLYS651201.264
SAU642161.241
PNJB633120.581
MP633120.179
GOA6154-0.802
SIKM6060-4.466
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
KNTKA770282.959
BENG752202.259
CGARH743161.539
ASSAM743161.4
HRYNA743160.881
ODSH73412-0.157
ARPR7164-3.885
MIZOR7070-5.371
Group E
TEAMMWLPTNRR
UP751222.154
MAHA751221.249
SVCS742180.529
UKHND74218-1.287
BRODA73314-0.059
HYD7156-0.182
PONDI7156-1.238
TPURA7156-1.265