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    Railways beat MP in a close encounter

    Indore: Brilliant bowling by Shailender Gehlot and Ashish Yadav coupled with a half-century by Shivakant Shukla steered Railways to a one-wicket victory over Madhya Pradesh in their Vijay Hazare Trophy match here on Thursday. After Gehlot (4/20) and Yadav (4/18) chipped in with four wickets each to bundle out MP for a meagre 172, Railways rode on opener Shukla's 93-ball 52 to reach the target with two balls to spare.

    The visitors though lost as many as nine wickets to reach 178 at Holkar Cricket Stadium. After Railways opted to field, Gehlot wreaked havoc, removing three top-order batsmen. Thereafter Yadav also joined in the party and eventually polished off the tail.

    Anand Singh was top scorer for MP with 45 off 70 balls studded with seven fours. In reply, Railways also kept losing wickets at regular intervals but Shukla held the innings together, playing sensible cricket. He hit seven fours and a six during his knock.

    Rakesh Mishra (34 not out), Amit Mishra (26) and Shadab Khan (22) were the other two notable contributors. For MP, Ishwar Pandey returned with impressive figures of four for 44.