Sanjay Bangar showed the way to redemption for Railways with a determined 67 off 112 balls (6x4, 3x6) over two days in the Ranji Trophy Group A first round match against mighty Mumbai.

The collective effort at run-making has resulted in Railways making a respectable 380 for eight at stumps on the third day. Nitin Bhille top-scored with 73 off 176 balls (10x4, 1x6).

Mumbai still holds the upper hand, 190 runs ahead and two wickets to be nailed for the first innings lead.

Tailenders Krishnakant Upadhaya (19 batting, 36 balls) and Anureet Singh (15 batting, 29 balls) will have a tough job and avoiding follow-on will be their first objective.

The scores: Mumbai 570 in 151 overs vs. Railways 380 for eight in 118 overs (Nitin Bhelle 73, Sanjay Bangar 67, Mahesh Rawat 68, Ashish Yadav 47, Murali Karthik 41, Ajit Agarkar three 43).

Other scores (round one, day three):

Group A:

At Kolkata: Bengal 258 and 109 for five in 43 overs (Jayojit Basu 48) vs. Rajasthan 161 in 58.1 overs (Madhur Katri 49, Sourav Sarkar four for 62).

At Indore: Gujarat 355 and 301 for six decl. in 71 overs (Smit Patel 60, Niraj Patel 59, Parthiv Patel 80) vs. Madhya Pradesh 250 in 84.5 overs (Naman Ojha 71, Udit Birla 49, Mehul Patel four for 37) and 23 for no loss in seven overs.

At Mohali: Hyderabad 258 and 46 for three in 15 overs vs. Punjab 565 for six decl. in 150 overs (Jiwanjot Singh 213, Karan Goel 129, Uday Kaul 54 n.o., Harbhajan 48 n.o.).

Group B:

At Vadodara: Baroda 406 and 115 for four in 29 overs (Abhimanyu Chauhan 52 batting) vs. Karnataka 284 in 109 overs (K.B. Pawan 56, Robin Uthappa 82, Stuart Binny 55, Gagandeep Singh five for 49).

At Rohtak: Haryana 55 and 183 in 79.4 overs (Nitin Saini 46, Sandeep Singh four for 36) lost to Vidarbha 205 and 37 for two in 15 overs. Points: Vidarbha 6, Haryana 0.

At Ghaziabad: Delhi 235 and 197 for four in 48 overs (Gautam Gambhir 47, Virat Kohli 43, Mithun Manhas 63 batting) vs. Uttar Pradesh 403 in 123 overs (Mukul Dagar 116, Mohammad Kaif 91, Suresh Raina 55, Praveen Kumar 51, Sumit Narwal four for 71).

Group C:

At Anantapur: Services 297 in 119 overs (Rajat Paliwal 72, Muzzaffaruddin Khalid 43, Shadab Nazar 56 n.o.) vs. Andhra 87 for six in 43 overs.

At Nadaun: Kerala 229 and 28 for three in eight overs vs. Himachal Pradesh 536 for six decl. in 158 overs (Paras Dogra 121, C. Hemant Kumar 45, Amit Kumar 101, Aatish Bhalaik 46, Rishi Dhawan 102 n.o., Mukesh Sharma 47 n.o.).

At Jammu: Jammu & Kashmir 195 and 151 in 49 overs (Shahbaz Nadeem six for 54) lost to Jharkhand 377 in 120.5 overs (Rameez Nemat 75, Saurabh Tiwary 72, S.P. Gautam 80). Points: Jharkhand 7, J&K 0.

At Guwahati: Assam 450 vs. Tripura 145 in 48.2 overs (Abu Nechim Ahmed four for 61) and 168 for six in 66 overs (Ajay Ratra 47 batting, Manisankar Murasingh 41 batting).

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