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|J P Yadav keeps Railways in the hunt|
Tuesday, March 16 2004 20:07 Hrs (IST)
At close, J P Yadav (73-8x4, 3x6) and Raja Ali (37-7x4) were at the crease.
Resuming at the overnight score of 18 for no loss, in reply to Tamil Nadu's 481, Shreyas Khanolkar departed being adjudged leg before the wicket off Suresh for 31.
Though, Sanjay Bangar (47) stuck to his wicket, both T P Singh (24-3x4, 1x6) and Yere Goud (9) left Railways in a difficult situation of 113 for 3 before Yadav pulled his team with a determined effort. Earlier, Khanolkar and Bangar put on 65 runs for the first wicket in 27.2 overs.
Bangar, who was shaping well, had also walked back being brilliantly caught at silly point by Badrinath of Ramkumar. He faced 170 balls and hit eight fours.
Captain and dependable batsman, Yadav then resurrected the Railway innings. First he added 59 runs for the fifth wicket with Siddarth Varma (13) and then, his association with Ali yielded 70 runs in 18.4 overs for the unfinished sixth wicket.
Spinners, Ramkumar (2 for 54) and Suresh (2 for 41) were the main wicket takers for Tamil Nadu.
Brief scores: Tamil Nadu 481 all out (S Suresh 44, S Sriram 172, Dinesh Karthik 122 and Parida 2/136, Harvinder 2/82, J P Yadav 2/66) and Railways 251 for 5 (S Khanolkar 31, S Bangar 47, Yadav batting 73, Raja Ali batting 37).
Tons by Sriram, Karthik put TN in control