M.D. Nidheesh emerged Kerala’s hero as the southern side pipped Railways by seven runs in a high-scoring Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group C match at the Just Cricket Ground near here on Wednesday.
Chasing a mammoth 352-run target, Railways’ Harsh Tyagi (58, 32b, 7×4, 2×6) and Amit Mishra (23, 10b, 1×4, 2×6) had combined for a stunning 59-run partnership for the ninth wicket off just 23 balls to bring their side to the threshold of a famous victory.
But with just seven needed off four balls, Nidheesh (3/83) removed both batsmen off back-to-back deliveries to leave the railwaymen heartbroken.
Midway through the innings however, the target had seemed too distant. There were half-centuries by opener Mrunal Devdhar (79, 80b, 9×4) and No.4 batsman Arindam Ghosh (64, 62b, 6×4, 2×6) only for the rest of the…