Gujarat scrapes past Railways; win Plate title

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Railways seamer Sanjay Bangar's (6/53) efforts went in vain as Gujarat held its nerves to clinch a thrilling one-wicket win on the fifth and final day of the Ranji Trophy Plate title clash at the Brabourne stadium here on Wednesday.

Chasing target of 150 runs, Gujarat collapsed to the hostile spell of seam bowling by former India all-rounder Sanjay Bangar who took his second fiver of the match before Gujarat could squeeze home.

Resuming at 30/0, Gujarat were soon in trouble when first innings centurion Nilesh Modi edged Bangar to give a regulation catch to gloveman Mahesh Rawat.  In the same over, Bangar dismissed the danger man Parthiv Patel holed to Siddarth Joshi stationed at gully.

The next man in Tabiyar also did not last long, being trapped by Bangar in front to leave Gujarat reeling at 51 for three and in real danger of losing the match.

Neeraj Patel (27) along with Mohnish Parmar (41) then started rebuilding the innings putting on 27 runs for the fourth wicket before Santosh Saxena got rid of Neeraj Patel for 27 caught behind.

Parmar, then in the company of Hem Joshipura, put on a vital stand of 46 runs before the former was dismissed by skipper Murali Kartik, caught at mid-off by Kulamani Parida. Parmar knock studded with eight boundaries.

Joshipura and Timil Patel also left soon after to Kartik and Bangar respectively, leaving Gujarat on 131 for seven. It soon became 143 for nine with Bangar cleaning up Ashraf Makda and Amit Singh.

However, J Desai with an unbeaten 17 and along with last man Siddhartha Trivedi, who remained unbeaten on 2, took Gujarat home.

Both Gujarat and Railways by virtue of reaching the Plate final have qualified for next year's Super League.

Brief Scores:

Railways 260&169 lost to Gujarat 280&152 for 9 (Mohnish Parmar 41, Neeraj Patel 27; Bangar 6 for 53, Kartik 2 for 48).


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