Thatscricket - News - Railways in a strong position at end of 3rd day

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Spinners Tejinder Pal Singh and Kulamani Parida ripped through the batting lineup claiming four wickets each to bundle out Karnataka for 237 as the visitors conceded 214 runs first innings lead to Railways on the third day of the Ranji trophy quarter-final match on Saturday.At stumps Railways was 106 runs for no loss in its second innings with openers A A Pagnis batting on 43 and S B Bangar on 53. Railways which made 451 runs in its first innings is thus placed in a very strong position with a lead of 320 runs and ten wickets in hand.Resuming at its overnight score of 36 for no loss, Karnataka lost its first wicket after the Arun Kumar and Beerala had added 15 more runs to their total.Beerala (18,3x4) was the victim-trapped leg before by Sanjay Bangar. A 74-run second wicket stand between Arun Kumar and B M Rowland steadied the Karnataka innings.When Arun Kumar looked set for big score he was consumed by off spinner Kulamani Parida who had him caught by Zakir Hussain. The opener made 55 with the help of eight boundaries. The score at that stage was 125 for 2.Five runs later Karnataka innings was jolted when the visitors lost three wickets without any addition to their total. Kulamani Parida got rid Rowland trapping him leg before. He made 35 (4x4). Then Left-arm Spinner Tejinder Pal Singh struck dismissing Vijay Bhardwaj (1) and G K Anil Kumar (0) and the visitors were tottering at 130 for 5.A face saving 42 run sixth wicket stand between V S T Naidu andB Akhil took the score to 172 when Parida again broke the partnership. He lured Akhil out of the crease and Abhay Sharma made no mistake in stumping him. Akhil contributed 18 runs (2x4).Doda Ganesh was next to go. His chipped in 9 runs before giving catch to Bangar off Khanolkar Tejinder Pal Singh picked up two more wickets that off Naidu and A R Yalvigi. Naidu ended as the second highest scorer for his team with 46 runs (6x4) while Yalvigi scored 18 (2x4). The Karnataka innings ended just after tea when B K V Prasad edged Parida and wicket keeper Abhay Sharma took an easy catch. But for the 34 extra runs. The visitors would have been in far worse situation.Tejinder, who scored 80 runs in the first innings gave a fine all round performance by claiming four wickets for 64 runs off 26 overs while Parida gave away 62 runs off 26.5 overs for his four victims. There was no respite for the visitors as they came out to field in the second innings. Their bowlers failed to make any impact on openers A A Pagnis and Sanjay Bangar who hit them all over the ground.They were unseperated when the stumps were drawn having produced 106 runs off 27 overs. Pagnis was on 47(5x4) and Bangar 53 (1x6, 8x4) at close of play.UNI

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