Bhille ton leads Railways’ strong in reply against Gujarat

Railways’ batsmen led a strong response to Gujarat with Nitin Bhille scoring his fourth century to take the team’s total to 266/3. Gujarat, who had resumed the second day of their Group A fixture in Valsad at 340/8, could add only 27 more to their overnight tally before being bowled out for 267. Bhille was aided by Arindam Ghosh, who scored a half-century as both batsmen remained unbeaten at stumps to bring the deficit down to 101 runs.

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Piyush Chawla and Arzan Nagaswalla, the two overnight Gujarat batsmen were removed by rookie pacer Karan Thakur, inside the first half an hour of play to finish with 2 for 85. Railways’ start was one where they lost yet another early wicket. After putting 31 runs for the opening wicket, Shivakant Shuka was run out for nine due to a terrific piece of fielding from Roosh Kalaria. Saurabh Wakaskar was snared by Chintan Gaza to leave Railways at 46 for 2, before Bhille and Pratham Singh stepped up.

The pair added 96 runs for the fourth wicket playing some exquisite strokes between themselves. With Railways going strong at 140, Hardik Patel cleaned up Singh eight short of a fifty. With Bhille going all guns blazing, he received able support from another experienced campaigner Ghosh, and the two batsmen took Railways forward en route to their respective landmarks.

Brief Scores: Railways 266/3 (Nitin Bhille 109*, Arindam Ghosh 69*), trail Gujarat 367 all out (Piyush Chawla 130, Priyank Panchal 69; Amit Mishra 4 for 93) by 101 runs.