Raipur: Kerala’s hopes for a Ranji Trophy knockout have faded after the match against Chhattisgarh concluded in a draw, leaving them without a spot in the next stage. Despite Sachin Baby’s shining performance, other players struggled to make a significant impact. Captain Sanju Samson, who scored a half-century in the first inning, faced a dip in form during the second inning.
In pursuit of a target of 290 runs on the final day, Chhattisgarh managed to secure a draw, finishing the match at 79 with a wicket loss. Kerala, having secured seven points from five matches, sees its knockout aspirations diminish with two matches remaining. The team currently holds the sixth position in the point table, with Mumbai leading with 27 points and Andhra Pradesh following closely with 21 points.
Kerala’s remaining matches are crucial, facing formidable opponents including Andhra and West Bengal. The team will strive to make the most of these opportunities despite the challenges faced in the earlier matches of the Ranji Trophy.