Irani Trophy Day 1 - Railways takes the honours

Railways took the honours on the first day by bundling out Rest of India for 223 and then playing 6 overs without losing any wicket. On a wicket which offered little help, their bowlers showed why they are the best in the domestic circuit. The highly under-rated seamer, Harvinder Singh picked up 3 wickets, off-spinner Parida picked up 4, Karthik accounted for two and Yadav snared the remaining one. The Rest of India openers, Gambhir and Jadhav (they scored 47 and 53 respectively - they are bound to be compared against each other every time they play) started off well adding 82 for the first wicket but none of the others could capitalise on that.

While the game was going on, the selectors picked 39 players for the Challenger Series. Except for the left-arm spinner RamKumar, everybody else in the Rest Team (including the ones not playing this game - Robin, Shikar and VRV) made it into the selected teams. On the other hand, except for Murali Karthik and Jai P Yadav (who are already part of the senior side), none of the other players in the Railways side were reckoned to be good enough by the selectors.

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