Kerala continued its dominant streak in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with a remarkable third consecutive victory. In a match against Bihar, Kerala secured a resounding 6-wicket win, propelling them to the top position in Group B. Bihar, batting first, struggled to muster 111 runs, losing 4 wickets, and Kerala efficiently chased down the target within 13 overs. Although Mohammad Azharuddin (1) fell early, the second-wicket partnership between Rohan Kunnummal (36 off 27 balls) and Vishnu Vinod (32 off 17 balls) ensured Kerala’s victory. Abdul Basit (39 not out in 23 balls), who was promoted in the batting order, emerged as Kerala’s top scorer. Vinod Kumar (4) had a short stint at the crease, while Sanju Samson did not bat in this particular match.
Bihar’s Struggles: Bihar faced a daunting task against a formidable Kerala bowling lineup, ultimately crumbling like a house of cards. Gaurav was the top scorer for Bihar, accumulating 37 runs off 32 balls. Kerala’s bowlers exhibited exceptional prowess, with all of them making significant contributions to the wicket column. KM Asif and Basil Thambi claimed 2 wickets each, while the rest of the bowlers secured a solitary wicket each.