Kanpur, Mar 14 (UNI) Powered by the scintillating allround performance of Team India discard Sanjay Bangar, Railways crushed Gujarat by eight wickets to storm into the last eight of the Ranji Trophy Inter-State One Day tournament here today.
In the other pre-quarter final match, Karnataka trounced Haryana by five wickets, to set a clash with champions Tamil Nadu.
Winning the toss at Green Park Stadium, Haryana were bowled out for a lowly 190 in 45.1 overs. Sunny Singh scored a fighting 95, while Shafiq Khan chipped in with 38 runs. N C Aiyappa and T Raghu did the major damage to the Haryana innings claiming three wickets each.
In reply, fuelled by an unbeaten 90 by Bharat Chipli and Tilak Naidu's 58, Karnataka romped home for the loss of five wickets only in the 44th over. Tejindar Mann claimed two wickets, while Jogindar Sharma, Saurav Virmani and Amit Mishra ended up with a scalp each for Haryana.
In the other encounter, Railways powered by lanky skipper and former India all rounder Sanjay Bangar crushed Gujarat by eight wickets.
Batting first after losing the toss at the OEF ground, Gujarat were bundled out for a paltry 148 in 41.5 overs, primarily due to the incisive bowling of Bangar (3 for 25), Kulamani Parida (3 for 26) and former India pacer Harvindar Singh (2 wickets). Pint sized skipper Parthiv Patel with 16 and Akash Christian with a brave 51 were the main scorers for Gujarat.
Embarking on a meagre chase, Bangar (81) and Tejindar Pal Singh (43) made a mockery of the Gujarat bowling by guiding Railways to victory in the 23rd over only.
The two pre-quarter winners will now be entertained in the last eight by last year joint winners UP and Tamil Nadu. While Railways play Tamil Nadu, Karnataka play Uttar Pradesh here on March 17.
In the other two quarter finals oon March 16, while Punjab take on Bengal, Jharkhand clash with Baroda here only.
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