Medium pacer Krishnakant Upadhyay's inspiring spell on a greenish pitch helped Railways restrict defending champions Karnataka to 207 for seven on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group A cricket match here on Sunday.
The second day of the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Railways had visiting team players, led by their skipper Suryakumar Yadav, doing the duty of groundsmen as the cricketers tried to clear the waterlogged areas of the Karnail Singh Stadium.
The BCCI`s senior tournament committee on Friday recommended that Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi be barred from hosting any cricket ties in 2012-13 after adverse reports were received from match referees over pitch conditions during matches held earlier this season.
Opener Shivakant Shukla missed three-figure mark by only four runs but his painfully slow batting alongside skipper Sanjay Bangar saw Railways crawl to 204 for five against Orissa, on the first day in a Ranji Trophy ELite Group match at Karnail Singh Stadium.
Karnataka`s young left-arms pinner KP Appanna took full advantage of a dodgy Karnail Singh track as his five-for pushed Railways towards their second outright defeat in Elite Group match of the Ranji Trophy.