Thatscricket - News - Pagnis, Tejinder help Railways make big score

Published: Saturday, March 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Pune: Opener Amit Pagnis knock of 96 and a belligerent 77 by Tejinder Pal Singh helped underdogs Railways muster 342 for 5 against hosts Maharashtra on the opening day of their five day Ranji trophy knock out pre-quarterfinal tie which got underway at the Poona Club ground on Saturday.Railways, which suffered a mini collapse during the post lunch session, however stabilised through a gutsy skippers unbeaten knock of 53 by Abhay Sharma and giving him company was Sheryash Khanolkar 28 not out when the stumps were drawn for the day.The days honours were even as Maharashtra led by Test discard Hrishikesh Kanitkar hit back to claim four wickets in the post lunch and tea sessions. Kanitkar trying to earn some more wickets claimed the second new ball after 84.1 overs with the Railways total reading at 330 for 5 but skipper Sharma and gritty Khanolkar remained unseperated to take the fight to the second day. Railways had a set back as its trump card left-arm spinner Murali Kartik had to opt out due to a back sprain. His absence may prove costly to Railways in its quest of getting the of its rivals.Skipper Sharma who called correctly on the spin of the coin decided to bat on a placid Poona Club track and his decision paid the dividends in spite of losing opener Sanjay Banger 16 who was removed by medium pacer Milind Kulkarni who has been recalled by the home side after missing the league phase with the Railways score reading 45 fron12.5 overs.The diminutive former Mumbai southpaw Pagnis joined by yet another left-hander Tejinder Pal Singh who could make the team on the omission of Kartik did a commendable job as the pair went about their task in a professional manner. Singh adopted aggressive approach however had enjoyed as many as four dropped chances. He however made the most of it in the company of Pagnis and the two added 154 runs for the second wicket in 174 balls in 129 minutes, which was the feature of the day and tilted the balance in the visitors favour. UNI

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