Jammu and Kashmir prolonged their dream run within the Vijay Hazare Trophy to the quarterfinals as they knocked Kerala out from the event with a seven-wicket win, on Saturday. In-form Auqib Nabi led the present together with his career-best haul of 4/39, serving to J&Okay skittle out Kerala for a paltry 174 in 47.4 overs after they opted to discipline of their first-ever Vijay Hazare Trophy knockout match. In reply, J&Okay cantered house in 37.5 overs with Shubham Khajuria (76) and Qamran Iqbal (51) establishing win with their 113-run opening stand in 21.4 overs.
Within the type of his life, Khajuria smashed six sixes and 5 fours in his 61-ball knock, which was his fourth half-century on the trot this season.
Nevertheless, he was run out for a second consecutive time as J&Okay misplaced three wickets for the addition of simply 32 runs. However there was no scoreboard strain and Henan Nazir and Fazil Rashid sealed their sixth win from seven matches this season.
J&Okay will now face group B toppers Assam of their quarterfinal right here on Monday.
The J&Okay tempo trio of Nabi, Yudhvir Singh (2/16) and left-arm pacer Mujtaba Yousuf (1/37) accounted for seven batters as Kerala struggled to get going.
Opener Vinoop Maoharan top-scored for Kerala with a 81-ball 62 however Yudhvir dismissed him to set off the collapse within the thirty second over, earlier than Nabi wreaked havoc with a dream spell.
With 12 wickets apiece from seven matches, Nabi and Yudhvir have performed exceptionally nicely for J&Okay this season.
The Ajay Sharma-coached aspect had upset reigning Ranji champions Madhya Pradesh, chasing down a large 343 with two wickets in hand.
Additionally they defeated Baroda, Odisha and Nagaland with little fuss.
Their solely defeat got here towards group D toppers Punjab as they completed second within the league stage.
Transient Scores Kerala: 174 all out in 47.4 overs (Vinoop Manoharan 62, Sijomon Joseph 32; Auqib Nabi 4/39, Yudhvir Singh 2/16) misplaced to Jammu and Kashmir 175/3 in 37.5 overs (Shubham Khajuria 76, Qamran Iqbal 51; Sijomon Joseph 2/19) by seven wickets.
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