New Delhi: Shivakant Shukla and Sanjay Bangar struck half centuries as Railways reached 274 for four in reply to Rajasthan's massive first-innings total of 521 for eight declared on day three of their Elite division Ranji Trophy match on Saturday.

Shukla scored 87 off 154 balls with the help of 13 hits to the fence while Bangar made 79 off 169 deliveries with the help of 11 boundaries and a six as the hosts managed to end the day on an even keel at the Karnail Singh Stadium.

Leg-spinner Vivek Yadav was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers, finishing the day with figures of three for 64.

What is even more significant as far as the visiting team is concerned is that Yadav picked up the important wickets of Shukla, Bangar besides Shreyas Khanolkar (31 off 69 deleveries).

Yere Gould (35 off 138) and Mahesh Rawat (26 off 36) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day in the group A match.

Resuming on 32 for one, the overnight pair of Shukla and Khanolkar put on 83 runs for the second wicket before Yadav had the later caught behind by Rohit Jhalani.

Undeterred by the dismissal, Shukla was then involved in a 68-run stand for the third wicket before Yadav struck to leave the visitors in some sort of trouble at 157 for three.

After that Bangar and Goud joined hands to forge a partnership of 89 for the fourth wicket.

But the Railways skipper was trapped by Yadav, 21 short of what would have been a well-deserved century in a pressure situation.

Brief scores:

Rajasthan 1st innings: 521 for 8 decl
Railways 1st innings: 274 for four (Shivkant Shukla 87, Sanjay Bangar 79; Vivek Yadav 3/64).

(Agencies)