Railways, who resumed on their overnight score of 381 for four against Madhya Pradesh on day two, lost their last six wickets for the addition of just 115 runs.

Right-arm medium-pacer Sanjay Pandey, was the wrecker-in-chief, returning career-best figures of 8-132. Tejinder Pal Singh, the Railways top-scorer with a career-best 186, was his first scalp on a day that saw Pandey claim five wickets.

Openers Devendrasingh Bundela and Chandra Prakash Sahu, by putting on 90, ensured that Madhya Pradesh made a sound start but three quick wickets including the all-important one of Amay Khurasiya meant that Railways were well on their way towards securing a healthy firstinnings lead.