New Delhi: Railways walked away with three points from their Group A encounter against Madhya Pradesh after the first innings lead proved crucial following a draw between the two sides in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament here on Wednesday.
Madhya Pradesh had set Railways a target of 212 after being bowled out for 310 in their second innings. The home team was 43/3 in 20 overs when stumps were drawn for the day.
In the final analysis, man of the match Arindam Ghosh's 120-run knock in the first innings proved to be crucial as that had helped Railways gain the upperhand with a 99-run lead after packing the visitors off for 181.
Resuming at an overnight 212/5 in their second innings, MP were held together by wicketkeeper Rameez Khan's unbeaten knock of 78 which came off 236 deliveries.
The rest of the batsmen, however, failed to offer any support to him and the team was back in the pavillion in 132.2 overs.
Pacer Krishnakant Upadhyay proved to be the top wicket-taker for Railways with figures of 4 for 71 in 38 overs, while Anureet bagged three wickets for an impressive match haul of eight wickets.
Railways did not start too well either and the team was three wickets down with just 27 runs on the board. However, Anustup Majumdar (18 not out) and Arnab Nandi (10 not out) arrested the slide and steered the team to a comfortable draw.
Madhya Pradesh: 181 and 310
Railways: 280 and 43/3 in 20 overs.