Even at 39, former India player Sanjay Bangar isn't shy of toiling on the field. The Railways skipper was on the ball throughout the Orissa innings, bowling 37 overs with his medium pace for two wickets as his side struggled to dismiss their unfancied opponents.
An outright victory should have brought them on the threshold of a spot in the quarters but as of now they have to prevent Orissa from taking the first innings lead and three points.
Orissa, with the help of Paresh Patel's 95, were 294 for five, 85 behind Railways' total.
While Bangar's marathon effort can be commended, his inability to use the last game's hero, KK Upadhyay, was a surprise.
Upadhyay, whose burst of four early wickets caused UP's slide in the last game, was given just nine overs in four different spells on the day. He bowled just two overs with the second new ball. From 207/1, Orissa slipped to 210 for five and it looked as if Railways would gobble them up. However, old warhorses Bangar and Murali Kartik, who bowled most of the overs, couldn't run through the side.
Brief scores: Railways 379 v Orissa 294/5.