Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Railways managed to salvage three points from their Ranji Trophy Super League group B match against Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla grounds on Tuesday.

Requiring 331 runs for victory, Railways who were eight for one at stumps on Monday never really had a winning chance. Indeed, there were in danger of losing the match outright at 115 for six and it was only a gallant rearguard action that saw the Railways finish the match at 182 for seven.

Abhay Sharma held the top order with a fine 59 for which he faced 113 balls and hit eight fours and a six. Then skipper PS Rawat defied the Hyderabad attack in which veteran off spinner Kanwaljit Singh was outstanding, for over three hours, during which he faced 149 balls and hit five fours in his unbeaten 39. Opener Vishal Sharma (17) and Abhay Sharma added 53 runs for the third wicket but with Kanwaljit striking form, Railways were 115 for six. However Rawat and wicketkeeper S Wankhade (15) added 35 runs for the seventh wicket off 27.2 overs and this was followed by an unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 32 runs between Rawat and Z Hussain (15) in 19.2 overs. Kanwaljit sent down 35 overs and was rewarded with four wickets for 40 runs. With the five points from this match, Hyderabad have now 13 from three games. Railways with three points have 14 from the same number of matches.