Kerala pulled off a stunning 46-run win over Punjab in the quarterfinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Port Stadium here on Wednesday.
In another quarterfinal at the ACA-VDCA Stadium, Delhi posted a seven-wicket win over Gujarat. Gujarat was dismissed for a paltry 126 after being asked to bat first. Delhi achieved the target in 28.4 overs with Gautam Gambhir remaining unbeaten on 44. Medium-pacer Sumit Narwal of Delhi registered his first five-wicket haul in domestic one-dayers.
Kerala, put in, made 320 for six in 50 overs with V.A. Jagadeesh (119, 8x4, 1x6, 120b) and captain Sachin Baby (104, 12x4, 70b), slamming centuries.
Jagadeesh added 139 for the fifth wicket with Baby and 75 with Sanju Viswanath for the third wicket.
Punjab started badly, losing two quick wickets. Few spectators who had gathered to watch Yuvraj Singh were disappointed when he was removed for nought by Prasanth Parameswaran. He was caught in the slips by Jagadeesh off the first ball. After Yuvraj Singh disappointed, Gurukeerat Singh Mann (99, 12x4, 106b) and captain Mandeep Singh (81, 4x5,1x6) resurrected Punjab’s innings with a 159-run stand, but it was not enough. Prasanth was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three for 40.
Sreeshant will return for the semifinals to be held on March 2 after serving out a two-match ban.
The scores: Kerala 320 for six in 50 overs (V.A. Jagadeesh 119, Sachin Baby 104 n.o., Sanju Viswanath 43, Yuvraj Singh three for 39) bt Punjab 274 in 47.3 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 99, Mandeep Singh 81, T.S. Kohli 31, Prasanth Parameswaran three for 40).
Gujarat 126 in 32 overs (Akshar Patel 30, Sumit Narwal five for 21) lost to Delhi 130 for three in 28.4 overs (Gautam Gambhir 44 n.o., Unmukt Chand 28). — Special Correspondent