Amogh De­sai’s 124 helps Goa beat Ker­ala in South Zone

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - SPORT - Agen­cies ■ sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Opener Amogh De­sai hit a bril­liant 124 to help Goa nar­rowly beat Ker­ala by two wick­ets in a South Zone leg match of the Vi­jay Hazare Trophy here on Fri­day.

De­sai hit 13 fours in his 137ball in­nings and shared 149 runs for the fifth wicket with Dar­shan Misal (69) from 25.2 overs as Goa chased down the tar­get of 284 with five balls to spare at the NSC Ground here.

De­sai’s match-win­ning knock over­shad­owed Ker­ala medium pacer Basil Thampi’s fine sixwicket haul for 51 runs as Goa lower oder bats­men man­aged to hold on their nerves in the fi­nal overs to reach 287 for eight and win the match.

Ear­lier, Sachin Baby struck a su­perb 90-ball 100 to take Ker­ala to 283 for seven after be­ing put into bat. Baby’s in­cluded 10 fours and a six though his ef­forts also went in vain at the end.

Chas­ing the stiff tar­get of 284, Goa were in trou­ble early on as they were re­duced to 36 for three in the sixth over and then slumped to 64 for four in the 13th over be­fore De­sai and Misal’s res­cue act.

De­sai was the sixth man out in the 45th over with Goa need­ing another 31 runs with four wick­ets in hand. But, they lost two quick wick­ets and were re­duced to 266 for eight in the 47th over.

But, Amit Yadav en­sured that Goa emerged vic­to­ri­ous as he hit a fine 31-ball 37 not out.

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