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Jyoti Yadav does it for Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh did what they've been doing throughout the season -- rising from the ashes like a Phoenix. On Wednesday, they showed why they are currently the best suppliers of fresh talent to Indian cricket.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 22:42 IST

Uttar Pradesh did what they've been doing throughout the season -- rising from the ashes like a Phoenix. On Wednesday, they showed why they are currently the best suppliers of fresh talent to Indian cricket. And it wasn't just the youngsters who did the trick.

Banking on the performance of old hand Jyoti Prasad Yadav, someone who was struggling in the longer version before this, the UP youngsters made the Railways grovel as they coasted to a 57-run victory and grabbed the all-important bonus point— after some confusion— to finish zone-toppers.

Perhaps, there was some sense of complacency in the Railways camp as their bowlers didn't justify their skipper's decision to field first and made no use of the early morning moisture, something they had done so well on Tuesday at the same venue.

In fact, Jyoti Yadav (122) looked in immaculate touch and remained detached till the end hitting 12 boundaries and 2 sixes all around the park. His innings was of critical importance as the southpaw's recent showing had come under a scanner.

He had a rather decent outing in the Duleep Trophy, but an experimental Mohammed Kaif made him bat down the order where he failed miserably.

While Jyoti stayed there and pierced the field— though he got a chance when he was put down at square-leg midway— newcomer Anshul Kapoor (72) stole quick ones.

The two complemented each other and the 100 of their 133-run affair came in 103 balls. Praveen Kumar played a cameo and Saif added a bit and UP finished at 283.

It was never going to be an easy chase for Railways and they started miserably. There is one thing that exposes Railways. And that is pressure. Their bowling has done reasonably well, but their batting has always wilted under pressure and against the moving ball. On this day, it was pressure as after a 71-run second-wicket partnership, three of their better batsmen, Amit Pagnis, TP Singh and JP Yadav, threw their wickets away, when there was no need to up the tempo. Surely, if you have 76 off the first 15 and you are chasing 283, you have to be circumspect. The three batsmen didn't do that against a disciplined UP attack and from there it was an uphill task what with Sanjay Bangar trying to work himself back into form.

Bangar made 33 and Shreyas Khanolkar 57 but everyone knew their struggle was only to avoid squandering a bonus point, which eventually they couldn't. Ratnesh Mishra picked three top-order wickets, while Avinash Yadav ran through the tail.

So, both UP and Rlys go through to the knockout stage. UP have 14, Rlys 12. MP finished at fourth spot (7 pts) and just ahead of them are Vidarbha, who have 9. Hosts Rajasthan went into negative (-2).

Uttar Pradesh: R Prakash lbw Harvinder 11, SK Shukla run out 39, Jyoti Yadav not out 122, A Kapoor lbw Khanolkar 72, P Kumar b JP Yadav 20, Saif c G Rao b JP Yadav 1, A Murtaza not out 2. Extras: (lb-1, nb-2, w-3) 6. Total (For 5 wkts) 283.

Fall of wkts: 1-41, 2-59, 3-192, 4-239, 5-271.

Bowling: JP Yadav 10-0-45-2, Harvinder 10-0-46-1, Bangar 7-1-44-0, M Yadav 8-0-50-0, Khanolkar 10-1-51-1, GS Rao 5-0-46-0.

Railways: GS Rao c R Prakash b Mishra 5, Pagnis c Srivastava b Mishra 20, TP Singh c Amir b Murtaza 42, JP Yadav c Prakash b Mishra 0, Bangar b A Yadav 33, Khanolkar c JP Yadav b A Yadav 57, Raja st Amir b A Yadav 6, Sahu not out 22, R Deb lbw A Yadav 11, Harvinder b A Murtaza 3, K Parida not out 0. Extras: (b-4, lb-13, nb-2, w-8) 27. Total: (For 9 wkts) 226

Fall of wkts: 1-5, 2-76, 3-77, 4-86, 5-175, 6-184, 7-195, 8-215, 9-225.

Bowling: Srivastava 10-1-30-0, Mishra 10-0-45-3, P Kumar 9-0-40-0, A Murtaza 7-1-22-2, A Yadav 10-056-4, P Gupta 3-0-16-0.