It took Kerala just 8.5 overs to smash 149 runs that left the Bihar bowling attack stunned at the KSCA Stadium in Bengaluru last Sunday.

The nine-wicket victory, achieved with 41.2 overs to spare, has fetched Tinu Yohannan’s boys a place in the knock-out round of the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament – for the first time in eight years. Little wonder, the coach sounded rather happy as he spoke to Sportstar.

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“Yes, this was a great effort by the boys. I could not have asked more of them,” Tinu said. 

Indeed. Kerala did exceedingly well, despite being denied the services of its two main pace bowlers – Basil Thampi and K.M. Asif, who were both injured. To add further woes, Kerala was also handicapped by the absence of its bowling spearhead for the last several seasons – Sandeep Warrier, who has moved to Tamil…

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