Vidarbha face Karnataka in semifinals

Left-arm orthodox spinner Aditya Sarwate (6/41) claimed a six-wicket haul as Vidarbha posted a comfortable 412-run win over Kerala in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match here and booked a semifinal berth.

Vidarbha will take on Karnataka, who defeated Mumbai in another quarterfinal match, in their last-four game at Kolkata from December 17.

Resuming on 431 for six, Vidarbha declared their second innings on 507 for nine to set a mammoth target of 578 for Kerala. Overnight batsman Akshay Wadkar completed his half- century, remaining unbeaten on 67 off 110 balls.

Chasing a huge total, Kerala did not get off to a good start and kept losing wickets at regular interval with Sarwate recording his best bowling figures. He took six wickets with an economy of 2.51 in 16.2 overs.

Brief scores: At Surat: Vidarbha: 246 all out in 105.3 overs and (O/n: 431/6): 507/9 decl in 146.4 overs (Apoorv Wankhade 107, Akshay Wadkar 67, Faiz Fazal 119; C K Akshay 4-118, Jalaj Saxena 3-125) bt Kerala: 176 all out in 61.5 overs and 165 all out in 52.2 overs (Salman Nizar 64, Sachin Baby 26; Aditya Sarvate 6-41, R N Gurbani 2-30).

At Vijayawada: Madhya Pradesh: 338 all out in 124.1 overs and 283 all out in 105.5 overs lt to Delhi: 405 all out in 119.4 overs and (O/n: 8/0): 217/3 in 51.4 overs (Kunal Chandela 57, Gautam Gambhir 95, Dhruv Shorey 46).

At Jaipur: Bengal: 354 all out in 111.5 overs and (O/n: 483/4): 695/6 in 231 overs (Writtick Chatterjee 216, Manoj Tiwary 59, Anstup Majumdar 132, Aamir Gani 53; Rujul Bhatt 2-175, Ishwar Pandey 2-95) drew with Gujarat: 224 all out in 74.5 overs.

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