Day-3 RECAP | Senior women’s T20 League
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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Morning session matches:
ELITE GROUP A
Meghalaya v Hyderabad
After batting first, experienced Hyderabad team put up 143/6. Their openers Ramya (44 off 45) & G. Trisha (26 off 20) led the foundation and Anitha K finished off with her 34* (24). Meghalaya batters couldn’t do much in the 2nd half as their innings ended on 79/8. Hyderabad won by 64 runs.
Rajasthan v Kerala
In the 20 overs quota, Rajasthan managed to post a decent total 113/5. SP Kumawat’s 46 off 41 was the highlight of their innings. Kerala’s star batter Minnu Mani led the charge in chasing with her 50 off 41 and she sealed the chase in style with a six in the first ball of the 19th over.
ELITE GROUP B
Bihar v Tripura
After bowling Bihar out in 89 runs, Tripura chased it with ease by losing only one wicket. Ambika Debnath top scored with 51* off 37.
Odisha v Chhattisgarh
After batting first, Odisha put up 150 runs on the board. Thanks to the openers Madhuri Meheta (66 off 53) and Kajal Jena’s (60 off 56) blistering knocks. In response, Chhattisgarh ended up in 79/5 and Odisha won by a big margin of 71 runs.
ELITE GROUP C
Railways v Himachal Pradesh
Defending champion Railways kicked off their journey with a convincing victory. After winning the toss, captain Sneh Rana opted to bat first and Railways batters didn’t disappoint. Opener S. Meghana scored 47 off 40 and all-rounder Swagatika Rath who had been promoted at the top, starred with the knock of 69 off 44. To chase 182 runs in 20 overs, against a quality bowling line-up of Railways, was going to be a stiff chase and it proved right later eventually. Rajeshwari Gayakwad with her 4-fer completely derailed the HP inings and they got all out on just 117.
Karnataka v Chandigarh
Karnataka’s decision to bat first backfired as Chandigarh bowled them out cheaply in just 65 runs. Amanjot Kaur and Rajni Devi took 3 wickets each. After a few hiccups, Chandigarh chased it in 17 overs.
ELITE GROUP D
Vidarbha v Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh posted 130/7 in the 1st innings where Shipra Giri top scored with 65 off 55. But Vidarbha couldn’t chase this relatively low score despite having batters like Disha Kasat, Bharti Fulmali, Nupur Kohale and Uttar Pradesh defeated them by a narrow margin of 6 runs.
Baroda v Uttarakhand
Sarika Koli’s gigantic knock of 83 (55) helped Uttarakhand to put up 142 runs on the board. Captain Radha Yadav’s 42 off 35 went in vain as Baroda fell short of 3 runs.
ELITE GROUP E
Haryana v Punjab
India’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur was leading the Punjab side and played a captain’s knock of 64* off 38 against young Shafali Verma’s Haryana. In response, skipper Shafali took the game away with her 50 off 23 and late flourish from the bat of Mansi Joshi (25 off 16) and Suman Gulia (31 off 25) ensured Haryana's win by 3 wickets. It was interesting to note that Shafali, who is known for her batting also bowled 4 overs and went for 31 runs.
Mumbai v Bengal
Mumbai captain Jemimah Rodrigues’s all-round performance of 46 (31) and 2-6 outclassed last season’s finalist Bengal. Bengal couldn’t reach the target of 159 and bundled up in 113. Mumbai all-rounder Manali Dakshini made the difference with her 43 (24) as they won by 45 runs.
Sikkim v Pondicherry
In a low scoring thriller, Pondicherry’s 90 in the 1st innings couldn’t be chased by Sikkim as they fell short by 4 runs.
Manipur v Arunachal Pradesh
After batting first, Manipur put up 146/7 riding on the back of opening batter Ganga’s fine knock of 51 off 35. In reply, Arunachal Pradesh bundled up in just 65 runs.
Evening session matches:
Andhra Pradesh v Maharashtra (Elite – A)
Andhra put up 136/6 in the 1st innings with the help of N. Anusha (38 off 31), Jhansi Laxmi (29 off 28) and Sneha Deepthi’s (21 off 20) important cameos. But Maharashtra’s unreal lower-order collapse caused by Saranya Gadwal’s 5/15 ensured Andhra’s huge victory of 41 runs.
Jharkhand v Tamil Nadu (Elite – B)
With the help of veteran batter MD Thirushkamini’s half-century (58 off 54), Tamil Nadu managed to reach three figures. 101 was never going to be an impossible target for Jharkhand to chase and Mantha Kanojia with her 48 off 56 guided her team to victory.
Madhya Pradesh v Delhi (Elite – C)
Pooja Vastrakar led Madhya Pradesh stifled by Delhi’s polished bowling. Babita Negi, Soni Yadav and Priya Mishra took 2 wickets each to restrict MP in 106/8 in 20 overs. And Delhi chased it comfortably by 9 wickets with Priya Punia being the top scorer (44* off 36).
Gujarat v Goa (Elite – D)
After restricting Gujarat in 103/7, Goa managed to win by 4 wickets. Simran with 45 off 44 and Renuka Chaudhari with 3/23 caused some trouble to Goa but couldn’t snatch the victory from their jaw. Both with bat and ball, it was a collective performance from Shikha Pandey. She led team Goa and scored an important knock of 22 and took 2 wickets with the ball.
Assam v Saurashtra (Elite – E)
Gayatri Gurung (32 off 46) & Monikha Das’s (30 off 33) gritty knocks helped Assam to post 106/5 on the board. But Assam’s economical bowling led by Das & Narah who took 2 wickets each didn’t let Saurashtra to chase down the total. Assam defeated them by 19 runs.
Jammu & Kashmir v Nagaland (Plate)
It’s KP Navgire yet again who starred the batting, after taking the cricketing world by storm in the opening two days of the tournament, by scoring 47 off just 28 balls. J & K couldn’t chase the target of 126 and Nagaland won by 32 runs.