Unbeaten half-centuries from openers Saurabh Wakaskar and SS Shukla provided Railways with a solid start in their chase of 401 runs on the penultimate day of their Group A Ranji Trophy encounter against Tamil Nadu here today.
At the close of play, Wakaskar was unbeaten on 54 and Shukla was on 52 with Railways needing 293 more runs for an outright win with all the wickets intact.
Earlier, resuming on 161 for one, Tamil Nadu skipper Abhinav Mukund (100) and Dinesh Karthik (163) scored a ton each, while Baba Indrajith (52) and M Rangarajan (51) chipped in with half-centuries to take the team to 452 for eight before declaring their second innings and set a huge target for Railways.
Karn Sharma was the top wicket-taker for Railways with figures of four for 109.
Railways, who had managed to take a 52-run first innings lead, need to score almost 300 runs tomorrow for a win.
Tamil Nadu: 121 & 452 for 8 decl (Dinesh Karthik 163, Abhinav Mukund 100, Baba Indrajith 52; Karn Sharma 4/109).
Railways: 173 & 108 for no loss in 25 overs (Saurabh Wakaskar 54, SS Shukla 52).
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