New Delhi: Hosts Railways kept their chances alive of making it to the knock-out stage of the Ranji Trophy after ensuring three points against Orissa by virtue of first innings lead of 48 runs.

Pacer Krishna Kant Upadhyay (2-69) and India discard Murali Kartik (3-73) grabbed four of the five wickets as Orissa were all out for 331 in pursuit of Railways first innings score of 379.

Orissa with only two points from six games will be playing in the Plate Group next year as a six points against Rajasthan in the last game can only take them to a maximum eight points.

Railways, on the other hand now have 13 points and an outright win against Saurashtra in their last game can ensure a safe passage to the last eight.

Starting the day at 294 for five, the overnight not out pair of Abhilash Mullick (51, 198 balls, 4x4) and Govind Poddar (44, 139 balls, 4x4) added 93 runs before the latter was cleaned up by Upadhyay who then removed Lagnajit Samal (0).

Kartik, who has always bowled well against tail-enders then bowled Basant Mohanty. Mullick was then run-out as Orissa's chances of making a match ended.

The Railways batsmen got some batting practise as out of form Shreyas Khanolkar helped himself to a half-century.

Brief Scores:

Railways:
379 & 113/2 (Shreyas Khanolkar 50 no).

Orissa: 331 (Paresh Patel 95, Subhrajit Sahoo 70, Murali Kartik 3/74, KK Upadhyay 2/69).

Kaul hit 100 as Punjab vs Karnataka Ranji match ends in draw

Uday Kaul`s unbeaten century was the highlight of the final day`s proceedings in the drawn Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match between Punjab and Karnataka at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday.


Thanks to the 76-run first innings lead, Punjab collected three points took their points tally to 15 points from six outings. They are placed third behind Karnataka (21) and Mumbai (20) in Group A.

Resuming at their overnight 119 for three, Punjab declared their second innings at 274 for eight, moments after Uday Kaul completed his hundred. Kaul scored 100, consuming 248 deliveries. He struck eleven boundaries.

Mayank Sidhana made 73 while, Amitoze Singh chipped in with 31.

Needing to make 351 for an improbable victory in the last session, Karnataka made 157 for one before the stumps were drawn for the day.

Robin Uthappa made a blistering 65-ball 68 in an opening partnership of 104 with K B Pawan (57 not out, 9 fours).

Uthappa smashed five sixes and two fours during his mayhem.

Brief Score:

Punjab First Innings: 357 all out in 114.3 overs
Karnataka First Innings: 281 all out in 92.4 overs
Punjab Second Innings: 274 for 8 in 87.2 overs (U Kaul 100; NC Aiyappa 4/70)
Karnataka Second Innings: 157 for one in 34 overs (R Uttappa 68, KB Pawan 57; R Sharma 1/42).

(Agencies)