Day-5 RECAP | Senior Women's T20 League
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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ELITE GROUP A
Andhra Pradesh v Kerala
After electing to bowl first, Kerala bundled out Andhra in just 99 runs. N. Anusha played a gritty knock of 45 off 46. Mrudhula and Darsana took 2 wickets each. In response, Kerala also had a few hiccups. But Akshaya's half-century (50 off 59) at the top and Sajana's quickfire in the middle (24 off 16) ensured a thrilling victory for Kerala in the penultimate ball of the innings. They registered a 4-wicket victory over Andhra.
Rajasthan v Hyderabad
Young G. Trisha’s sublime form continued as she scored yet another half-century for Hyderabad (50 off 54). She was the lone run-scorer amidst an under-par batting from Hyderabad. They only managed to score 113/6 and Rajasthan chased it easily by 7 wickets. SR Jat top-scored with 45 off 48.
ELITE GROUP B
Jharkhand v Chhattisgarh
Jharkhand’s collective bowling efforts restricted Chhattisgarh to just 56/9. And Jharkhand chased it comfortably by 9 wickets with the help of Mamtha Kanojia and Durga Murmu’s identical knocks of 27* off 35 each.
Odisha v Tripura
Odisha bowlers ran through the Tripura batting line-up and crumbled them down to just 85. Madhuri Meheta (28 off 36), Kajal Jena (25 off 33), and Sarita Meher (20* off 24) scored some important 20s to help Odisha to chase it down in 19 overs. They won by 7 wickets.
ELITE GROUP C
Madhya Pradesh v Chandigarh
Captain Pooja Vastrakar once again made an important contribution with the bat of 39 off 35 and took MP to a fighting total of 121/6. Madhya Pradesh bowlers bowled Chandigarh out in 107 and they won by 14 runs. Nikita Singh pocketed 3 wickets for 14 and skipper Vastrakar took 1 wicket.
Karnataka v Himachal Pradesh
Last season's Senior One-day Trophy finalist Karnataka's poor form continued with the bat. Despite S. Shubha's 49 (52), Karnataka could only reach 106/6. Their bowling has been very well in this tournament so far and they needed that magic to defend this total. But except for C. Prathyusha's 3-fer, nobody could get a single wicket. HP captain Sushma Verma slammed a match-winning fifty (52 off 45) to ensure her team’s 1st victory and left Karnataka winless. With this loss, Karnataka also became the 1st team from their group to be eliminated.
ELITE GROUP D
Gujarat v Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand could only put up 84/8 in 20 overs, thanks to Renuka Chaudhari’s spell of 3-14. Gujarat chased it easily riding on a couple of 30s from openers Sarvi and Simran. They won by 8 wickets.
Baroda v Uttar Pradesh
With the help of Shipra Giri’s 36 off 36 and captain Muskan Malik’s 27 off 28, Uttar Pradesh posted 120/8 in the 1st innings. Birthday girl, skipper Radha Yadav was the peak of the bowlers with 3-20. In response, Uttar Pradesh made things a little tight for Baroda. At one stage, they needed 23 off 18. But Yastika was going strong and holding one end despite losing wickets at the other end. And with 2 balls remaining Yastika took the game home for Baroda. She scored yet another mature innings of 72 off 62 for her team when her team was in trouble. This was her 2nd 50 in a row.
ELITE GROUP E
Assam v Bengal
In a tough group consisting of quality sides like Punjab, and Mumbai, it was a must-win for Bengal to be in the hustle for QF. After bundling Assam on 70/8 in the 1st innings, Bengal won it by 8 wickets. But they took 15.2 overs to chase this low score which can cost them later in NRR. Openers Deepti Sharma (35 off 45) and Mita Paul (27 off 43) scored the biggest chunk of runs.
Punjab v Mumbai
It was going to be a mouthwatering contest between captain Harmanpreet of Punjab and captain Jemimah of Mumbai. After choosing to bat first, Mumbai went on to post a big total on the board. Jemimah and R S Chaudhari made an opening partnership of 83 runs. After that, despite losing wickets continuously at the other end, Jemimah was the mainstay throughout the innings. She tonked a mammoth 93 off 54 before getting out in the last over. Mumbai posted 156/6 in their 20 overs.
But India’s T20 skipper had the last laugh. Harmanpreet (57* off 36) accompanying Taniya Bhatia (51 off 38) ensured a much-needed 7-wicket victory for Punjab. All the bowlers of Mumbai were pretty expensive and their 2 match winning streak also ended.
Jammu Kashmir v Sikkim
Sikkim could only manage to put up 67/7 on the board. Sarla Devi’s all-round performance of 3-17 and 24 off 49 ensured J & K’s 8-wicket victory.
Mizoram v Arunachal Pradesh
After electing to bat first, Mizoram posted a total of 138/6. Shweta led their batting charge with a brilliant knock of 92 (59). Shivi Yadav and Mai Mekh took 2 wickets each. In response, Arunachal Pradesh's innings ended on 100/5. Mizoram won by 38 runs.
Meghalaya v Maharashtra (Elite- A)
A combined batting effort led by Tejal Hasabnis’s 54 (36) helped Maharashtra to reach 187/7. After two consecutive low scores, captain Mandhana made 37 off 27. Meghalaya got all out in 69. Aarati Kedar took 3-10 and ensured a huge victory for her team of 118 runs.
Tamil Nadu v Bihar (Elite- B)
Tamil Nadu after choosing to bat first posted a total of 117/5 on the board. Nethra led TN's batting with her 42 (34). For Bihar, Nivedita took a 3-fer. But their batters were disappointed as Bihar's innings ended only on 89/5. TN picked up their maiden victory by 28 runs.
Railways v Delhi (Elite- C)
The title-favourites started their innings in the most bizarre fashion possible. S. Meghana was dismissed in the very first delivery of the innings by Soni Yadav and the other opener Swagatika Rath ran out by Tanisha Singh on just 1. But captain Sneh Rana and Dayalan Hemalatha weaved an important partnership of 78 in 50 balls in which Hemalatha smashed a brilliant 50 off 26. She ended on 69 off 49 and Railways had been restricted to 136/7 by the Delhi bowlers. Soni Yadav and Babita Negi took two wickets each.
In reply, opener Priya Punia gave her heart out to keep her team in the game. She scored a much-needed knock of 65 off 54. But it wasn’t enough as no other batter could make a big partnership with her. Preeti Bose rattled the Delhi batting line-up with her 4-24. They won by 24 runs.
Vidarbha v Goa (Elite- D)
In the 1st innings, Goa bowled Vidarbha out in 104 runs. Vaishnavi Khandkar top-scored with her 44 off 51. Tejashwini Duragad was the pick of the bowler with 3-18. In the chase, Goa lost three wickets early. The experienced pair of Sanjula Naik and skipper Shikha Pandey came into the middle and stitched a match-winning partnership of 84. Pandey and Naik finished the game and remained not out on 49 (45) and 37 (44) respectively. Goa picked up an important win of 7 wickets.
Saurashtra v Haryana (Elite- E)
Saurashtra’s 1st innings total of 98/6 was chased easily by Haryana with 3 overs remaining. Openers Reema Sisodia and Shafali Verma made an opening partnership of 76 in just 54 balls in Shafali made a brilliant 51 off 29. This was her 2nd fifty of the tournament. Haryana won it by 8 wickets.
Pondicherry v Manipur (Plate)
Manipur bundled out in 67 in the 1st innings. And Pondicherry chased it easily with the help of BS Tamore’s 41 (30). They slammed a thumping victory of 8 wickets over Manipur.