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Railways in last 8

Calcutta: Railways put up an all-round performance to down Baroda by 93 runs and set up a quarter final clash with Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Monday.

For Railways, Chanderpal Saini put up a fine show as the No. 8 batsman’s unbeaten 45 from 60 balls, (4x4) in a 64-run partnership with Karn Sharma (41 from 36 balls; 2x4, 1x6), propelled his side to 230/9 after they were reduced to 126/6 in the 31st over.

Defending a modest total, Railways were given a fine start when pacer Anureet Singh struck in his very first over when he dismissed Saurabh Wakaskar before Amit Mishra (3/22), Krishnakant Upadhyay (2/29) and Saini (2/13) bundled out Baroda for 137.

Upadhyay gave Singh a fine support at the other end while Anureet was in the middle of a fine first spell that read 6-2-12-1.

The intent was missing from Baroda who put up a listless batting while there was no lack of steam from the Railways attack with second change bowler Amit Mishra keeping up the tempo with his accurate medium pace.

Mishra took two wickets in successive overs including the prized scalp of Ambati Rayudu for two.

The India middle order batsman who looked impressive in the Asia Cup disappointed for Baroda as he gave a simple catching practice to Arindam Ghosh at slip as Baroda were struggling at 45/4 in 14.3 overs.