Fernandez, Babu belt centuries in Buchi Babu cricket
Chennai: Thanks to centuries by Robert Fernandez (122) and Sachin Baby (151) and their 200-run partnership for the fourth wicket, Kerala piled up 401 for nine in their allotted 90 overs against Baroda in the semi-final of the Buchi Babu Trophy All-India cricket tournament here Thursday.
Earlier, Fernandez and Sanju Viswanadh (65) added 103 runs in 23.4 overs for the third wicket to set the tone for Kerala innings while left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt came away with four wickets for Baroda.
In the other semi-final, Mumbai were all out for 303 against Karnataka with Kaustubh Pawar (97) and Nikhil Patil Jr. (83) doing the bulk of scoring.
For Karnataka, leg-spinner Amit Verma picked up five wickets while left-arm spinner K.P. Appanna had a three-wicket haul.
Brief scores (semi-finals)
Mumbai 303 all out in 90 overs (Kaustubh Pawar 97, Nikhil Patil Jr. 83, Siddhesh Lad 34, Onninder Singh Gill 23 not out, Amit Verma 5 for 78, K.P. Appanna 3 for 76) vs Karnataka.
Kerala 401 for nine 90 overs (Sanju Viswanadh 65, Robert Fernandez 122, Sachin Baby 151, Bharghav Bhatt 4 for 123) vs Baroda.