Ranji Trophy: Punjab-Railways match end in stalemate

Mohali: Punjab had to be content with just three points by virtue of their first innings lead as their Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group A match against Railways ended in a draw on the fourth and final day`s play on Friday.

Punjab squandered their chances of registering an outright win yesterday, when Railways skipper Sanjay Bangar and tail-ender Ashish Yadav added 113 for the eighth wicket to take the visitors to 273 all out in reply to the hosts` 366 in the first innings.

Resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 51 for four, Punjab declared at 242 for nine with Amitoze Singh (68), Mayank Sidhana (49) and last man Manpreet Gony (45 not out) scoring bulk of the runs.

For Railways, pacer Krishnakant Upadhyay picked up three wickets for 81 runs while Anupreet Singh (2/59) and Jai P Yadav (2/56) scalped two wickets apiece.

Needing an impossible 336 runs to pocket the match in little over one session of play, Railways finished the day at 129 for three in 35.3 overs.

Captain Sanjay Bangar scored majority of the runs for Railways with an 85-ball 77 during which he hit five fours and as many sixes.

One down Shreyas Khanolkar gave Bangar good support from the other end with a patient 34 that came off 87 balls.

Brainder Sran, Taruwar Kohli and Sidhana shared the three wickets for Punjab.

Brief scores: Punjab: 366 & 242 for nine decl in 82.1 overs (Amitoze Singh 68, Mayank Sidhana 49; Krishnakant Upadhyay 3/81).

Railways 1st innings: 273 & 129 for three in 35.3 overs (Sanjay Bangar 77; Mayank Sidhana 1/1).


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