Railways earn crucial three points vs Saurashtra

Rajkot: Former India all-rounder Jai Prakash Yadav grabbed six for 94 as Railways logged home three points against Saurashtra by virtue of first innings lead of 77 runs in a Ranji Trophy Super League (Group A) match, here on Saturday.

In reply to Railways first innings score of 415, Saurashtra were all out for 338 in 157.1 overs. Apart from opener Sagar Jogiyani who scored 113 and veteran Sitanshu Kotak who scored a half century, none of the Saurashtra batsmen were able to negotiate with Yadav’s controlled line and length.

He literally ran through the middle-order to provide all important three points which will definitely help them in their bid to beat the drop from the league of Elites. Railways are now on six points while Saurashtra stay at the bottom with four.

Starting on an overnight score of 284 for six, Saurashtra lost their four wickets for 54 runs. Overnight not out batsmen Pratik Mehta (35) and Kamlesh Makvana (24) took the score to 300 before off-spinner Nilesh Chauhan dismissed Makvana. Pratik was then dismissed by Yadav who also got Vishal Joshi while Anureet Singh (two for 67) dismissed Sandip Maniar (21) caught by Faiz Fazal.

In the inconsequential second innings, Railways were 107 for six when play was called off.

Brief Scores: Railways 415 (F Fazal 107, S Bangar 104, M Rawat 67, Unadkat 4/82)& 107/6 (F Fazal 43, S Maniar 2/14)

Saurashtra 338 (S Jogiyani 113, S Kotak 50, JP Yadav 6/94, A Singh 2/67)