SHIMLA: Kerala defeated Himachal Pradesh to storm into the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy here on Thursday. Chasing a target of 297, the half-centuries by captain Sachin Baby, Vinoop Manoharan and Sanju Samson helped Kerala to win with 23 overs remaining on the final day. Vinoop, who was promoted to open the innings along with Rahul P, scored 96 runs, while Sijomon Joseph, who was sent in at No. 3, scored 23. Vidarbha, Karnataka, Saurashtra and Gujarat joined Kerala in the knockout phase.