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Mumbai look to push Railways off the track

Railways were staring down the barrel after following on in their Group A Ranji encounter against Mumbai.

cricket Updated: Nov 06, 2011 00:59 IST
HT Correspondent

Railways were staring down the barrel after following on in their Group A Ranji encounter against Mumbai.

"A couple of bad shots let us down," said Railways coach Abhay Sharma after the game as a disappointed team ambled out of the ground.

Ramesh Powar and Ankit Chavan took three wickets each while Dhawal Kulkarni, Iqbal Abdulla and Avishkar Salvi took a wicket each to do the damage.

Resuming at 66/3, Railways began well with Sanjay Bangar and Nitin Bhille doing a good job in the morning by seeing off 20-odd overs. The duo helped Railways progress to 135 before a double whammy pegged them back.

Railways lost Bhille who was caught leg before the wicket. Mahesh Rawat fell off the next ball, getting out stumped. The pressure was back on the Railways who were always looking like they would struggle in the face of the monumental 483 posted by Mumbai.

It was left to just Sanjay Bangar to carry on the fight. And he did it bravely making 89. But the fight wasn't enough as they fell for 256 and allowed Mumbai to take a big 227-run lead.

Mumbai skipper Wasim Jaffer gave the follow on. Railways had their backs to the wall and Shivakant Shukla (64*) came to their rescue. He buckled down with with Faiz Fazal and the two almost saw through the entire day when Fazal's dismissal at the fag end of the day gave Mumbai a toe in the door.

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