Railways v Hyderabad, Semi-final, 2nd day March 19, 2005

Manohar battles in low-scoring thriller

Cricinfo staff

Hyderabad 166 and 131 for 5 (Manohar 63) lead Railways 180 (Ojha 5-55) by 117 runs

Daniel Manohar's fighting 63 kept Hyderabad afloat in a low-scoring tussle at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi. Like Anirudh Singh in the first innings, Manohar shone bright amid a faltering scoreline as the middle order hardly made a contribution.

Resuming 103 for 4, Railways managed to gain a slender 14-run lead thanks to Jai Prakash Yadav and Murali Kartik. But the bowlers continued to dominate the proceedings with Pragyan Ojha, the left-arm spinner, completed a five-wicket haul.

Tirumal Suman and Manohar began the Hyderabad reply in spirited fashion and their opening partnership could turn out to be decisive. But Suman's dismissal by Murali Kartik triggered a mini collapse with four batsmen falling without reaching double figures. Manohar, though, battled on and was undefeated at the end of the day.

Railways hold the smallest of advantages. One or two wrong moves can settle this one.