Kerala cricket team created history on Tuesday morning when the team entered the quarterfinals of Rajni Trophy. This is the first time when the team has managed to grab a spot in the quarterfinals of the Ranji. On the final day of Group B clash between Kerala and Haryana, the team from the south thrashed Haryana by an innings and eight runs. The performance by the players from Kerala has ensured the team will play in the knockout round of the tournament. The game was played in the Chaudhry Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium the Lalhi village of Rohtak, Haryana.
The team from Haryana scored 208 runs in the first innings as they tumbled down. In response, Kerala team thrashed a mammoth 389 runs. The 181 runs lead over their opponents helped Kerala clinch the victory. It the bowling attack in the second innings from the Kerala side which kept Haryana at bay, just 8 runs shy of leveling the score. Kerala clinched 5 leading wickets as Haryana trailed by 56 runs in the second innings, on the third day. The worry for the Kerala cricket team was if the team had to go to bat on the last of the match. But some splendid bowling performance by the side ensured their victory.
Kerala cricket team has many known faces, thanks to the popularity of Indian Premier League. Ananthapadmanabhan, Sreekumaran Nair, and Sunil Oasis led the Kerala team to victory. These players were helped by the strong support from Sanju Samson, Basil Thampi, Sachin Baby and Jalaj Saxsena.
The Kerala cricket team entered the Elite group in the 2007-08 season. In this season the matches were played in four groups. Every group had seven teams. And from these seven teams, only two will enter the quarterfinals.
Some of the players who shined in the Kerala side were Jalaj Saxsena, the all-rounder and Sanju Samson who is looking to get back in form with scoring multiple centuries in the last two games helped the team inch towards victory. One of the players who could not make a mark last year was Rohan Prem, but this season he found his form back and helped the team right when it was needed.