Railways lift Irani Cup against Rest of India

Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Railways lifted the Irani Cup after clinching a nine-wicket victory with nearly two days to spare against the Rest of India at the Karnail Singh stadium here today.

The Ranji Trophy champions needed only an hour on the fourth morning to knock off the required 50 runs in the second innings to bag the trophy for the second time in four seasons.

Amit Pagnis gave no hopes for the Rest bowlers as he stroked seven fours on his way to 33 before being run out.

It was a bit of an anti-climax for Pagnis as the umpires pulled out the stumps and the players congratulated each other quite prematurely as they went by the scoreboard which turned out to be wrong.

Immediately on resumption, with two more runs still needed, Pagnis failed to beat Rudra Pratap Singh's throw.

Railways, who had won the title in 2002, were richer by Rs. two lakh. Coach Vinod Sharma said the team owed its triumph to the strong tail that pulled them out of trouble in the first innings.

"It always happens with us. Our tail is very strong and has come to our rescue on many occasions. It happened in the Ranji Trophy final also," Sharma said.

He also praised Murali Kartik who hit a career best 96 and shared a 151-run stand with Yere Goud for the seventh wicket which enabled the hosts take a 88-run first inningslead after they had been reduced to 104 for six at one stage.

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