Day-4 RECAP | Senior women’s T20 League
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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India internationals Pooja Vastrakar, and Priya Punia made an impact on their respective teams, whereas Rubia Syed, KP Navgire, and Maya Sonawane knocked the selectors' door hard with their impressive performances.
ELITE GROUP A
Andhra Pradesh v Hyderabad
Andhra posted 130/5 in the 1st innings with the help of opener N. Anusha’s responsible knock of 61* off 54. In response, G. Trisha who took 2 wickets in the 1st innings, tonked a fine half-century (56* off 56) on a losing cause. Andhra won the game by 26 runs. Saranya Gadwal was the peak of the bowlers with 3-13.
Maharashtra v Kerala
After picking up a 4-fer on a losing cause yesterday, today leg-spinner Maya Sonawane who grabbed attention for her unusual action last season, continued her brilliant form and picked up 4-12. Kerala bundled up in just 90 runs. But Kerala bowlers performed their heart out to defend this very low score. Mrudhula was the peak of the bowlers with 3-21 and the bowlers were able to dismiss opponent team’s 8 batters. But this valiant effort wasn’t enough as eventually, Maharashtra won the match by 2 wickets.
ELITE GROUP B
Jharkhand v Tripura
Jharkhand bowler Nidhi Buley and Arti took two wickets each to restrict Tripura to 109/7. With the help of the openers, Mamtha Kanojia's 38* off 59 and Ashwani’s 36 off 26, Jharkhand emerged victorious by 6 wickets.
Tamil Nadu v Chhattisgarh
A disappointing batting performance from Tamil Nadu once again after yesterday's one. They could only manage to put up 105/6 at the end of their 1st innings. Arshi Choudhary (33 off 39) and S Anusha (24 off 24) played some decent knocks to take their team to three figures. But A Eloksi with her 3-18, dragged Chhatisgarh back from a seemingly easy chase and TN won by a narrow margin of 5 runs.
ELITE GROUP C
Madhya Pradesh v Himachal Pradesh
Captain Pooja Vastrakar’s all-round performance powered Madhya Pradesh to a 29-run victory over Himachal Pradesh. While batting first, Vastrakar scored 45 off 39 to help her team reach a competitive total of 133/8. Sushma Verma’s lonely effort of 57* off 56 wasn't enough as they folded on 104/6. Priti Yadav was at the peak of the bowlers with 2 wickets whereas Pooja took 1 wicket after hitting a match-winning knock.
Delhi v Chandigarh
After being dropped from the national side and having been criticized for her strike rate, Priya Punia took note of everything and made a huge statement with her bat in the last two games. In response to Chandigarh's 1st innings total of 134, she scored a blistering knock of 74* off 62 and outshined Chandigarh’s brilliant batting efforts, which included Monika Pandey's 58* off 59 and Amanjot Kaur's 50* off 47). Delhi won the match by 8 wickets.
ELITE GROUP D
Gujarat v Uttar Pradesh
With the help of Sarvi’s 68 off 68 and Bhavana Gopalani's 42 off 37, Gujarat posted 134/3 on the board. But Uttar Pradesh chased it with ease and won the game by 7 wickets. Keeper Shipra Giri and captain Muskan Malik starred in the batting department with 41 and 47* respectively.
Goa v Uttarakhand
Goa’s economical bowling led by Rupali Chavan (3-20) stifled Uttarakhand and they ended up on 85/8. The collective batting efforts from Purvaja, Tejashwini, and Nikita took Goa home with a convincing 8-wicket victory.
ELITE GROUP E
Assam v Punjab
Uma Chetry’s 63* off 61 went in vain as Taniya Bhatia’s 32 off 36 and Pragati Singh’s late flourish (32 off 22) with the bat sealed a comfortable victory for Punjab by 6 wickets.
Saurashtra v Bengal
After facing a crushing defeat against Mumbai yesterday, Bengal came back with all guns blazing against Saurashtra. Bengal restricted them to 77/8 and chased it down with ease by 10 wickets. All-round Deepti Sharma (2/21 & 50*off 45) and Shreyashi Aich with her 3-6 ensured this clinical victory.
Jammu & Kashmir v Manipur
J & K batter Rubia Syed finally showed her true colours with the bat after struggling in the previous matches. She stormed through the Manipur bowling line-up with an authoritative knock of 94* in just 52 deliveries. Sheerazah Banoo assisted her well in the middle with her unbeaten 54. Bowler Sandhya joined the party and bamboozled the Manipur batting line-up with her economical spell of 4-3. J & K thrashed Manipur with a mammoth 110 runs victory.
Pondicherry v Nagaland
In response to Pondicherry’s 1st innings score of 108/9, Kiran Navgire stormed through the chase with her unbeaten 91 off 59 and won it for Nagaland by 7 wickets. Nagaland's P N Khemnar also contributed to this massive victory with her spell of 4-30.
Kiran Prabhu Navgire has become quite a household name since the Senior T20 League started last Friday. In 4 group stage matches so far, she scored a total of 381 runs which is nearly 70% of her team's runs. And her domination also resonates with the fact that she has been dismissed only once out of the 4 innings she played. She hit a record number of sixes – 28, which is a rare thing to see in any domestic competition.
She needs 2 more runs to break the record for the highest runs in one season of Senior Women’s T20 league (382 by Priya Punia in 10 innings in 2018-19) as highlighted by @hypocaust in twitter.
In the upcoming important T20 tournaments like the Women's T20 Challenge & Commonwealth Games, Navgire surely will be a name to be discussed in the selection meetings.
Rajasthan v Meghalaya (Elite – A)
Rajasthan scored 119/6 in the 1st innings with the help of S P Kumawat’s 33 off 30 and captain Jasia Akhter’s 24 off 15. They defended it convincingly as they bowled them out in just 70 runs. S L Meena and Shanu took two wickets each to pull off a 49-run victory.
Odisha v Bihar (Elite – B)
Team Bihar couldn’t put up much resistance against Odisha’s polished bowling as their 1st innings ended on just 66/8. Sujata Malik (4-17) and Rameswari Naik (3-18) took 7 of their 8 wickets. Sarita Meher led the chase with her 38* off 33 and Odisha won it comfortably by 7 wickets.
Railways v Karnataka (Elite – C)
After a blistering opening start of 36 off 28, Railways lost 3 quick wickets in Meghana (29 off 19), Rath, and Hemalatha. But given the batting depth the Railways team have, it was no surprise that they recovered well. Nuzhat Parween held one side firmly and made a poised half-century (55 off 44). Railways ended on 155/7. Karnataka bowler Chandu V. took a 5-fer.
Karnataka in response started well with an opening partnership of 41. But later on, they crumbled and couldn’t keep up with the asking rate. Left-arm pacer Anjali Sarvani bowled well and took 3-26. Whereas Preeti Bose was the one who made the dot-ball pressure with her economical bowling of 1-11 in 4 overs. Railways snatched the victory by 34 runs.
Vidarbha v Baroda (Elite – D)
From losing both their openers early on just 9 runs, Yastika Bhatia (64 off 47) and captain Radha Yadav (57* off 51) stitched a huge 3rd wicket partnership of 117. From the Vidarbha side, Noopur Kohale was at the peak of the bowlers with 4-31. S. Dharne (31 off 35) and Vaishnavi Khandkar’s (43 off 40) batting efforts weren’t enough as Vidarbha bundled up in 112. Baroda won by 37 runs.
Haryana v Mumbai (Elite – E)
Amongst all the matches of day 4, this match was the one fans were waiting for the most. It was a battle of captain Shafali vs. captain Jemimah who can lead India in the future. After batting first Mumbai posted 121/6. Jemimah scored 19 off 11 and Ria Chaudhari topped the chart with 34. Sheetal Rana took 2-19 for Haryana.
Mumbai pulled off a brilliant low scoring thriller. They dismissed Shafali cheaply and got rid of Reema Sisodia (36 off 25) and Sheetal Rana (32 off 43) at the right time. An unreal collapse at the middle made it worse for Haryana as they arrived at the last over with 11 runs left to win. Captain Jemimah herself came to bowl that over and successfully defended the runs and Mumbai won by 5 runs. It’s 2 in 2 for Mumbai now.
Sikkim v Mizoram (Plate)
After electing to bat first, Mizoram managed to post only 87/7 on the board. Shweta scored the biggest chunk of their runs – 40 off 49. But for Sikkim, it wasn't a cakewalk either. They lost 6 wickets while chasing. But Rinki Rajak with her finishing touch of 24 off 19 took Sikkim home. They won by 4 wickets.