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1st-innings lead for Railways

New Delhi: Tailenders rescued a stranded Railways and helped them earn an invaluable 50-run first innings lead on the third day of their Irani Trophy match against Rest of India Thursday.

In deep trouble at 209 for eight in reply to Restís first innings score of 266, the Ranji champions were brought back on tracks by Harvinder Singh (59), Shreyas Khanolkar (36) and Zakir Hussain (35 not out).

It allowed Railways to take their first innings total to 316, before being dismissed just before tea.

But the real star was opener J.P. Yadav (overnight 71 not out) who scored 104. The rest of the top order comprising Yere Goud and Amit Pagnis failed to deliver.

Rest of India began their second innings positively reaching 84 without loss at stumps with openers Akash Chopra batting on 41 and Wasim Jaffer on 38.

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