Railways move closer to second Ranji title

Published: Saturday, April 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Railways virtually assured themselves their second Ranji Trophy title after extending their lead to 408 runs against Punjab on the fourth day of the Elite Division final here today.

Railways, resuming at 123 for two, ended the penultimate day at 362 for eight at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium with overnight not out batsmen J P Yadav (97) and Sanjay Bangar (77) and Yere Goud (94 not out) frustrating the home side.

With just a day left and with two second innings wickets of Railways standing, Punjab now face an almost impossible task of winning the match.

Even if the match ends in a draw, Railways will clinch thE title on the basis of first innings lead.

Punjab had conceded a first innings lead of 46 runs after being bowled out for 309 in reply to Railways 355 all out.

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