Railways v Hyderabad, Semi-final, 3rd day March 20, 2005

Pagnis steers Railways into Ranji Trophy final

Cricinfo staff

Railways 180 and 160 for 3 (Pagnis 98*) beat Hyderabad 166 and 170 (Manohar 75) by 7 wickets

Amit Pagnis almost single-handedly steered Railways to the target of 157 and took them to the final of the Ranji Trophy. The last time Railways reached the final was in the 2001-02 season, when they completed a memorably triumph.

Hyderabad added only 39 to their overnight total as Daniel Manohar fell early in the day, for a well-made 75. Arjun Yadav managed a dogged 26, of 72 balls, but the tail crumbled around him. Harvinder Singh and Murali Kartik were the most effective bowlers with three wickets apiece.

Pagnis, who used to play for Mumbai earlier, got the run-chase off to a rollicking start and did the chunk of the scoring. His 98 included 11 fours and a six and dominated the scoring throughout. None of the other batsmen crossed 20 as Railways overcame the target in 47 overs.