Robin Uthappa (81, 55b, 8×4, 4×6) starred for the second match in a row as Kerala defeated Uttar Pradesh by three wickets in a Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group C match on the Alur Ground close to right here on Monday.
Uttar Pradesh, who was requested to bat, scored 283, with sizeable contributions from Abhishek Goswami (54, 63b, 4×4, 2×6), Priyam Garg (57, 59b, 5×4) and Akshdeep Nath (68, 60b, 9×4).
Sreesanth, although costly, claimed 5 wickets (9.4-0-65-5), with 4 of them coming on the demise. Uttar Pradesh crossed 250 in the forty sixth over and appeared nicely positioned for an end-overs heist with set batsman Nath nonetheless on the crease. Sreesanth foiled the plan as he struck twice every in the forty eighth and fiftieth overs to restrict the harm Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Co. might do.
In reply, Kerala chased the goal down with seven balls to spare. Uthappa, who had scored a match-winning century in the primary recreation towards Odisha, stitched collectively a 104-run partnership for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (29, 32b) off simply 76 balls. But the duo fell inside three balls of one another, leaving Kerala in a spot of hassle at 122/3.
But Sachin Baby rose to the problem, scoring 76 vital runs (83b, 6×4, 1×6). The 71-run affiliation for the fourth wicket with Vathsal Govind (30, 39b) and the 62-run stand for the sixth wicket with Jalaj Saxena (31, 49b) had been instrumental in Kerala’s win.
Baby ultimately fell with 14 runs nonetheless required off 14 balls. But M.D. Nidheesh clubbed a 4 and a six as Kerala crossed the end line with ease.