Indore: A strong batting performance by the middle-order after being forced to follow on helped Railways avoid defeat but Madhya Pradesh walked away with three points due to their first innings lead in the drawn Ranji Trophy Group B match here on Wednesday.
In reply to a mammoth 510, Railways were bowled out for 335 in their first innings and were 235 for six in their second innings when stumps were drawn on the fourth and final day at Holkar Cricket Stadium here.
Madhya Pradesh medium-pacer Ishwar Pandey, who grabbed seven wickets yesterday, took the tally to eight in the first innings before grabbing three in the Railways` second essay to be the pick of the bowlers.
When they took the field for their second innings, Railways were trailing MP by 175 runs.
Forced to follow on, Railways were off to a miserable start as both their openers departed with just 11 runs on the board.
But the middle order came up with some handy contributions to deny MP a win. Arindam Ghosh top-scored for the visitors with a 164-ball 72 which included seven fours and a six.
Ashish Yadav (37) and Mahesh Rawat (37) were the other notable contributors for the Railways as they managed to grab a point from the match despite their decision to bowl first backfiring spectacularly.
Pandey was once again the top wicket-taker for MP with a haul of 3/36 in miserly 18 overs, nine of them being maiden.
Madhya Pradesh: 510 for 6 decl
Railways: 335 and 235/6 in 78 overs (Arindam Ghosh 72, Ishwar Pandey 3/36).