Tellicherry: Dec 6, 2013
Vishal Bhatia celebrated his birthday with a five-wicket haul to help Himachal Pradesh bowl out Kerala for 214 before the visitors struggled to 164 for five in their Group C Ranji Trophy match on Friday.
The left-arm spinner, who turned 32, gave himself a perfect birthday gift after Kerala opted to bat at the Conor Vayal Stadium.
Bhati picked up five 63 while lower-order batsman Vinoop Manoharan top scored for Kerala with a 71 off 105 balls.
Opener VA Jagadeesh made 56 off 114 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. Manoharan found the fence 12 times during his crucial knock that he produced after coming in at No. 8.
Bipul Sharma struck 53 for Himachal while P Prasanth grabbed three for 48 for the hosts.
Abhinav Bali contributed 41 for the visitors.
Kerala 214 (Manoharan 71, VA Jagadeesh 56; Vishal Bhatia 5 for 63) lead Himachal Pradesh 164 for 5 (Bipul Sharma 53; P Prasanth 3 for 48).
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