Madhya Pradesh’s Ishwar Pandey finished with seven for 84 © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Indore: Oct 29, 2013

Madhya Pradesh medium-pacer Ishwar Pandey grabbed seven wickets for 84 to steal the limelight from Railways centurions Shivakant Shukla (113) and Mahesh Rawat (103) on the third day, as the home side were certain to take a huge first-innings lead in their Ranji Trophy match in Indore on Tuesday.

Propelled by centuries from captain and opener Shukla and wicketkeeper Rawat, and their 118-run fifth-wicket stand, Railways ended the day at 335 for nine.

Railways were at a comfortable 249 for four at one stage, but Shukla’s dismissal off Pandey in the 73rd over triggered a collapse, as the visiting team lost all but one of their remaining wickets, for just 57 runs.

Shukla’s 113 included 16 fours and a six, while Rawat smashed 13 fours and three sixes during his 103.

Railways still trail by 175 runs with just one first innings wicket in hand. The Group B match at Holkar Cricket Stadium may still see a result on the final day tomorrow if Railways are all out early next morning and they are asked to follow on.

Brief scores:

Madhya Pradesh: 510 for 6 decl. lead Railways 335 for 9 (Shivakant Shukla 113, and Mahesh Rawat 103; Ishwar Pandey 7 for 84) by 175 runs.