Left-arm fast bowler Roosh Kalaria starred with a hat-trick leaving Gujarat needing 195 runs to beat Kerala and seal a Ranji Trophy semifinal berth at the end of the second day of the quarterfinal in Wayanad on Wednesday.
Gujarat hit back to restrict the host to 171 in the second innings after conceding the first innings lead.
A disciplined bowling effort helped Gujarat bowl out Kerala for 171 in 59 overs with Kalaria (3 for 36) and Axar Patel (3 for 40) sharing the spoils.
Earlier, resuming at 97 for 4, Gujarat quickly slipped to 107 for 7 before some aggressive batting by Kalaria (36, 5X4, 1X6) enabled the team make 162 in reply to the home side’s first innings score of 185.
Sandeep Warrier (4 for 42) was Kerala’s best bowler and he was well supported by M D Nideesh (3 for 38) and Basil Thampi (3 for 61). Skipper Parthiv Patel was the top-scorer for Gujarat with 43.