Uttar Pradesh through to knockouts

Railways 518 for 9 dec (Rawat 188, Ghosh 181) drew with Uttar Pradesh 231 for 3 (Srivastava 103, Umang 51*)

Uttar Pradesh secured safe passage to the quarterfinals after playing out a draw against Railways in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh were ranked second in Group B, ahead of Bengal on a better quotient, while Railways are on top of the group with 28 points.

On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh opener Tanmay Srivastava scored 103 with 11 fours and a six, and combined with Umang Sharma for a third-wicket association that yielded 78 runs. Srivastava was dismissed in the 71st over, but Umang remained unbeaten on 51 as the hosts ended at 231 for 3.

Railways had begun the day at 460 for 4 with their overnight centurions Arindam Ghosh and Mahesh Rawat still at the crease, but left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza picked up four quick wickets before the visitors eventually declared at 518 for 9.

Uttar Pradesh will now go to Bangalore to face Karnataka in the quarters, while Railways are up against Bengal in Kolkata.