Kerala opening batsman MP Sorab covered himself with glory as he carried his bat for 255 on the final day of the Coca Cola Trophy South Zone (under-25) tournament at the Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar Sports Complex in Bangalore on Sunday. With batsmen dominating, the match ended in a tame draw with Kerala getting five points and Andhra three.
Resuming at 311 for five in reply to Andhra's first innings total of 355, Kerala were all out for 471. Sorab who was 157 overnight, simply carried on from where he left off. First with S Ramakrishnan (34) he added 79 runs for the sixth wicket off 23 overs, reaching his double century in the process. Then with P.Manoj (14) he added 41 runs for the ninth wicket off 11 overs. He reached 250 in the company of last man T Yohannan. Sorab's innings stretched for ten hours. He faced 402 balls and hit 35 fours. Off spinner Vatekar finished with five wickets for 118 runs.
In arrears by 116 runs on the first innings, Andhra were 130 for two in their second innings when stumps were finally drawn with bad light cutting short play.
Andhra have completed their engagements in group A with eight points from two games. Kerala play Karnataka from Tuesday. Group B comprises of only two teams, Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad and the winner of that match will go through to the final.