Kochi: Riding on Shimin Lal's second-half extra-time winner, Kerala defeated Maharashtra 2-1 to enter the summit clash of the 67th Santosh Trophy in Kochi on Thursday.
The five-time nationals champions will now face either defending champions Services or Punjab in the final on March 3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
In the semifinal clash, Shibin set the crowd on fire after letting loose a rasping right-footer from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 118th minute. He was brilliantly set up by substitute Ahammed Malik. Shibin in the process made up for his bungle in the 99th minute of the match.