Vizianagaram: Andhra raised hopes of an outright win after staging a fightback by ending Kerala's second innings at 129 in their Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match here.
By stumps on the third and penultimate day at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex, Andhra cruised to 55 for no loss in just eight overs, requiring another 163 runs to bag six points with all 10 wickets remaining.
Srikar Bharat was batting on a 28-ball 41 with the help of five fours and two sixes, while Prasanth Kumar was giving him company on 13 at close of play.
Medium pacer Paidikalva Vijaykumar was the wrecker in chief for hosts Andhra, returning impressive figures of 5/33 after running through the Kerala line-up.
K B Pawan was the top-scorer for Kerala with 34 even as none of the batsmen managed to build a decent score. The visitors lost wickets at regular intervals to be bundled out in 78.1 overs.
On the second day, Kerala had dismissed Andhra for 141 in their first innings.
Kerala: 229 and 129 in 78.1 overs (K B Pawan 34; Paidikalva Vijaykumar 5/33)
Andhra Pradesh: 141 and 55 for no loss in 8 overs.