Gujarat in sight of victory in Ranji Trophy Plate final

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Mumbai, Jan 8 (UNI) Gujarat medium pacer Amit Singh ran through the Railways middle order to put his side in sight of victory in the Ranji Trophy Plate final on the penultimate day at the Brabourne stadium here today.

At close of play on the fourth day Gujarat requiring 150 for winning the Ranji Trophy Plate championship had reached 30 for no loss with Nilesh Modi on 15 and Rajesh Tabiyar on 13 holding fort.

Railways, who had conceded a 20-run first innings lead, resumed their second innings on 14 for one, lost Sanjay Bangar in the very first over. Bangar, who did not open his account, was unlucky to be given out when he edged a delivery from Siddhartha Trivedi and Neeraj Patel in slips took the catch on the bounce, but umpire G Pratapkumar upheld the appeal to leave Railways on 23 for two.

Murali Kartik who had come in as a night watchman last evening cracked four boundaries but fell soon after being caught plumb in front by Ashraf Makda for 18.

Amit Singh then got into the act, removing Sanjib Sanyal, Mahesh Rawat and K Sharma to leave the Railways tottering at 79 for six.

First innings centurion Harshad Rawle then along with Raja Ali steadied the innings with a 58 run partnership for the seventh wicket before Rawle was dismissed giving a return catch for a well complied 45 which was studded with four boundaries to leave Railways at 137 for seven.

Raja Ali also went soon after being trapped in front by Timil Patel for 46 which came in a stay of 99 balls and was studded with five fours.

Gujarat then wrapped up the Railways innings for 169 to leave them 150 for the victory of which the openers knocked off 30 runs by close on the fourth day.

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