New Delhi, Nov 16 (UNI) Test discard Irfan Pathan staked his claim for a spot in the national side with a splendid performance bagging four wickets to see Railways being bundled out for 224 against Baroda on the first day of the Super League Ranji Trophy match here today.
Openers Conor Williams (0) and Satyajit Parab (1) easily negotiated the only over that they had to play in the evening to carry their bats as Baroda was one for no loss at stumps.
Earlier, Railways' decision to bat first after winning the toss seemed to have backfired as they lost half their side with just 45 runs on the board.
Karan Sharma (79) along with M Rawat (67) added 146 runs for the sixth wicket and just when the duo was looking to provide resistance to Baroda bowling after a poor start, Pathan showed his brilliance and trapped the latter in front of the wicket with the score reading 191 for six.
Pathan returned with impressive figures of 42 for four from 22 overs, while for Railways Sharma was the most successful batsman and played a patient innings off 199 balls with the help of 12 boundaries.
Railways lost their last five batsmen for just 33 runs as none of their batsmen could keep Pathan and his compatriots at bay.
Pathan's work was made a little easier by his new-ball partner I K Veragi who picked up three top-order wickets.
Veragi returned with figures of 51 for three from his 15 overs, while off-spinner Ramesh Pawar bagged two wickets.
H D Rawle (1) was Pathan's first victim and from there on the left-arm pacer did not look behind to give his team the first day advantage.
The Railways batsmen always looked in trouble against Pathan and Veragi who exploited the dampness in the wicket very early in the morning.
Railways captain Sanjay Bangar (5) was first to go and soon his team mates followed one after the other to be all out on 224.
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