Ranji Trophy: Kerala hand Tripura innings defeat, pocket bonus points

Agartala: Kerala scored an emphatic innings and 77 runs win over Tripura to garner bonus points from their Ranji Trophy Group C match here on Tuesday.

Resuming at the overnight score of 70 for three after following on, Tripura were bundled our for 196 runs with pacer Sandeep Warrier (5/46) returning with a five-wicket haul for Kerala.

Starting the day still trailing Kerala by 203 runs with seven wickets in hand, Tripura batsmen came a cropper in front of Kerala bowlers with tailender Manisankar Murasingh top-scoring with a 79-ball 67.

Apart from Sandeep, left-arm pacer Unnikrishnan Manukrishnan scalped three wickets for 61 runs, while out-of-favour India pacer S Sreesanth picked up two wickets giving away 38 runs.

By virtue of this win, Kerala will take home seven points from the match including two bonus points.

Brief Scores:

Kerala: 400 all out in 131.4 overs

Tripura: 127 & 196 in 84.5 overs (Manisankar Murasingh 67; Sandeep Warrier 5/46).

Points: Kerala 7, Tripura 0.