Baroda inch closer to Ranji semifinals

Baroda: Railways put on a brave fight but Baroda have almost put one foot in the Ranji Trophy semifinals courtesy their good batting in the first innings.

Baroda began the third day of the quarter-final match at 303 for four and folded for 416, taking a very healthy overall lead of 168-runs.

Railways put up a better show in the second innings by reaching 220 for four and after erasing the deficit, they were leading by 52 runs at stumps on day three.

Prashant Awasthi was top scorer for Railways with an unbeaten 85 while opener Shreyas Khanolkar (56) also scored a half-century in their second essay.

Khanolkar and Murali Kartik (28) gave a good start to Railways by adding 44 for the opening wicket but Kartik and Sanjay Bangar fell in a gap of six deliveries.

Khanolkar and Awasthi then put on 103 runs for the third wicket to take the fight to the hosts.

The partnership ended when Khanolkar was caught and bowled off paceman Sankalp Vohra.

Awasthi and Karan Sharma (30) though ensured that the good work does not go waste as they added 62 runs for the fourth wicket.

Sharma departed just before the stumps and left Jai Prakash Yadav (8) to give company to Awasthi.

Earlier in the day, Baroda’s centurion Kedar Devdhar (122) could not add any run to his overnight score and was trapped by Yadav.

The other not out batsman Rakesh Solanki also departed early, adding just five runs after starting the day at personal score of 18.

It was some gutsy batting Sankalp Vohra (34) and Munaf Patel (36) which helped Baroda cross the 400-run mark.


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