Bangar, Yadav curtail Punjab`s advantage

Mohali: Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar and tail-ender Ashish Yadav added 113 for the eighth wicket as a chance for an outright win seems to have slipped out of Punjab`s grasp at the end of third day`s play in an Elite Group match of the Ranji Trophy.

Replying to Punjab`s first innings score of 366, Railways slumped to 98 for seven before Bangar (82, 131 balls, 9x4, 2x6) and Yadav (86, 139 balls, 12x4) resurrected the innings as the visitors finished at 273 giving hosts a first innings lead of 93. Punjab scored 51 for four in their second essay to consolidate their lead to 144.

At 211 for eight, Yadav and Krishnakant Upadhyay (32) added another 62 to give the total a semblance of respectability. Manpreet Gony who is having a fine season grabbed five for 91 while Harmeet Singh who polished off the tail took four for 53.

Earlier, after resuming on 89 for five, JP Yadav (8) failed to add even a single run to the total as Harmeet saw him off.

Harmeet was quick to add another wicket to his kitty by dismissing M Suresh (1) to push the visitors on to the backfoot.

In the second innings, Punjab got off to a poor start, losing the top-order cheaply to be struggling at 22 for three before skipper Uday Kaul did a repair job.

Brief scores: Punjab: 366 & 51 for four (Uday Kaul batting 21; Anureet Singh 2/20).

Railways 1st innings: 273 (Ashish Yadav 86, Sanjay Bangar 82; Manpreet Gony 5/91, Harmeet Singh 4/54).


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