Railways was in search of a draw after being asked to follow on in its Ranji Trophy Super League Group ‘A' match against Gujarat at the Karnail Singh Stadium here on Wednesday.

Leg-spinner Salil Yadav's impressive three-wicket haul restricted Railways to 221 in its first innings. The home team was toiling hard at 54 for one in its second essay at the draw of stumps on the penultimate day.

Railways could not withstand the pressure after the overnight partnership of T.P. Singh (36, 88b, 115m, 7x4) and Yere Goud (50 not out, 197b, 287m, 5x4) was broken.

Salil maintained a good line and varied his pace to remove M. Suresh (18), Mahesh Rawat (7) and J.P. Yadav (39, 51b, 58m, 5x4, 1x6). The dismissal of Rawat, who played for the leg-spinner and ended up edging it on to the stumps, was the best of the lot. Following on, the host lost Faiz Fazal early. However, V. Chelluvuraj (29) and Sanjay Bangar (19) prevented any further damage. Railways coach Abhay Sharma was hopeful of a draw.

The scores:

Gujarat — 1st innings: 379

Railways — 1 {+s} {+t} innings: F. Fazal c P. Parmar b S. Trivedi 0, V. Chelluvuraj lbw b I. Choudhary 13, S. Bangar C. P. Parmar b S. Trivedi 2, T.P. Singh b A. Makda 36, Yere Goud (not out) 50, M. Suresh c P. Patel b S. Yadav 18, M. Rawat b S. Yadav 7, J.P. Yadav c & b S. Yadav 39, M. Kartik c P. Parmar b I. Choudhary 12, K.K. Upadhyaya c N. Patel b I. Choudhary 4, S. Gehlot c P. Patel b S. Trivedi 4, Extras (b-10, lb-15, nb-10, wd-1) 36, Total (in 85 overs) 221.

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-20, 3-48, 4-87, 5-114, 6-122, 7-168, 8-200, 9-214.

Gujarat bowling: S. Trivedi 22-9-50-3, A. Makda 22-11-32-1, I. Choudhary 26-5-76-3, S. Yadav 15-6-38-3.

Railways — 2nd innings: F. Fazal c P. Patel b A. Makda 5, V. Chelluvuraj (batting) 29, S. Bangar (batting) 19, Extras (lb-1) 1, Total (for one wicket, 34 overs) 54.

Fall of wicket: 1-11.

Gujarat bowling: S. Trivedi 8-5-15-0, A. Makda 7-3-12-1, I. Choudhary 5-3-5-0, S. Yadav 12-5-15-0, P. Panchal 2-0-6-0 .

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