Thatscricket - News - Ranji Trophy: Railways advances into semis

Published: Monday, March 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Railways steamed into the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy by virtue of a massive 214 runs first innings lead as its five-day tie against Karnataka ended in a draw here on Monday. Railways will take on Punjab in the semi-finals.Last year's semi-finalists Karnataka was given an impossible victory target of 633 in 65 overs. Railways in its first innings had made 451 runs and Karnataka had replied with 237.The hosts declared its second innings at 418 for nine. Karnataka was 279 for four in 65 overs when the match ended. A fine unbeaten 100 by opener B M Rowland saved Karnataka from defeat as he along with V S T Naidu put up 104 runs for the fourth wicket to frustrate Railways' bid for an outright victory.Resuming at its overnight score of 385 for 6, Railways added 33 runs in 15.2 overs losing three wickets before declaring its innings at 418 for 9.Yere Goud was unlucky to miss his century by eight runs, as he was caught by Rowland off Vijay Bhardwaj. He hit one six and 13 boundaries in his knock. First innings century maker Sanjay Sahu contributed 23 (5x4).Medium pacer Doda Ganesh and spinner Vijay Bhardwaj claimed three wickets each.Karnataka began its reply in a whirlwind fashion as its openers put up 52 runs on the scoreboard off 42 balls. The visitors lost their first wicket on 52 when Beerala was caught by Sanjay Bangar off Harvinder. The batsman made 35 (8x4). Opener Rowland and Vijay Bhardwaj then batted cautiously and added 59 runs for the second wicket in 20.1 overs. Spinner Kulamani Parida clean bowled Bhardwaj (43,8x4) to break the partnership.Rowland kept one end going with another useful 44 run third wicket stand with Anil Kumar. Spinner Tejinder Pal Singh had Anil caught by Bangar when the batsman was on 27 (2x6,2x2). Karnataka was 155 for 3 at this stage. Then came a determined fourth wicket partnership of 104 runs, which effectively shattered Railways hopes of an outright win. Naidu who made 46 (1x6,6x4) was also caught by Sanjay Bangar off Parida. When the match ended Rowland remained unbeaten on 100 (9x4,226minutes,189 balls) and B Akhil was on 3.UNI

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