QUARTERFINALS RECAP | Senior Women’s T20 Trophy
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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Match 1: Baroda v Mumbai
In the 1st QF match, Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Jemimah Rodrigues (21 off 17) and Simran Shaikh (34 off 22) shared a 48-run opening stand between them. But Radha Yadav put the breaks by catching Rodrigues LBW. Mumbai were reduced to 130/6 before the much-needed impetus came from pace all-rounders Manali Dakshini (31* off 20) and Saima Thakor’s (19* off 9) bat. They added 41 runs to the total in just 19 balls and Mumbai ended with 171/6.
Baroda needed to unearth something special. When everyone thought Mumbai already put up a match-winning total on the board, Baroda made a mockery out of it. Their seasoned campaigner, Tarannum Pathan tonked a brilliant half-century (55 off 40). She also made an important partnership of 56 with Yastika Bhatia (33 off 22). But after these two batters were dismissed, Mumbai looked to take control of the innings. However, Hrutu Patel had other plans. She slammed an unbeaten 42 off 28 alongside her skipper Radha Yadav (31* off 17) and chased this mammoth total down with 8 balls to spare. Baroda won it by 7 wickets and qualified for the semi-finals.
Mumbai – 171/6 (20) S. Shaikh 34 (22), M. Dakshini 31* (20); Rishi M. 2/10 (3), NY Patel 1/26 (4)
Baroda – 173/3 (18.4) T. Pathan 55 (40), H. Patel 42* (28); P. Naik 1/27 (4), S. Thakor 1/30 (3)
Match 2: Maharashtra v Himachal Pradesh
After opting to field first, Maharashtra bowlers showcased a splendid performance with the ball. Except for Prachi Chauhan's 41* off 47, Himachal batters couldn't put up much resistance and could only post 100/9 on the board. Leg-spinning all-rounder Devika Vaidya spearheaded the attack with her 3/18.
In response, Maharashtra chased it down with ease. Captain Smriti Mandhana who was searching for a big score finally got one as she ended unbeaten on 46 off 36. Keeper Shivali Shinde (42 off 40) and Tejal Hasabnis (14* off 6) played some good hands and saw their team home for a 9-wicket victory.
Maharashtra went through to the SF and will face Baroda on 2nd May.
Himachal Pradesh – 100/9 (20) PP Chauhan 41* (47), NS Chauhan 22 (22); DP Vaidya 3/18 (4), MP Magre 2/9 (3)
Maharashtra – 102/1 (13.4) S. Mandhana 46* (36), SS Shinde 42 (40); NS Chauhan 1/21 (3.4)
Match 3: Railways v Kerala
After winning the toss, Kerala invited Railways to bat first. Openers S. Meghana (18 off 21) and Swagatika Rath (22 off 24) weaved an opening partnership of 41 at a sedate pace. Railways were in trouble when they lost both their openers with 43 runs on the board. Dayalan Hemalatha, who had been in a splendid form with the bat walked into the middle. She scored an excellent knock of 64 off 37 alongside her captain Sneh Rana who finished with an unbeaten 39 off 21 deliveries.
In response to the target of 167, Kerala crumbled down to 95/9. Leg-spinner Asha Sorhana Joy, who hails from Kerala starred against her home team on 3/19. Railways won the game by a huge margin of 71 runs and secured their place in yet another semi-final.
Railways – 166/6 (20) D. Hemalatha 64 (37), S. Rana 39* (21); N. Loordh 1/22 (4), Sourabhya P. 1/17 (2)
Kerala – 95/9 (20) Sajana S. 25 (29), Mrudhula VS 20 (19); Asha S. 3/19 (4), RK Singh 1/13 (3)
Match 4: Odisha v Haryana
Haryana won the toss and opted to bowl first. Odisha opener Madhuri Meheta led their batting with a brilliant 66 off 55. Pragyan Mohanty played an important hand (30 off 19) in the middle as Meheta and Mohanty shared a 65-run stand between them and helped Odisha to put up a handsome total of 151/6 on the board. Pacer Mansi Joshi scalped 2/18 in 4 overs.
In this tournament, Haryana’s batting had been heavily dependent on their openers Shafali Verma and Reema Sisodia. And Odisha’s Sujata Malik cleaned up both these attacking batters. After their dismissals, no batter except Suman Gulia (31 off 22) could show any resistance and Odisha beat this dominant Haryana side by 13 runs.
Odisha continued their unbeaten run and stormed into the semis. They will face the other unbeaten side of this tournament Railways in SF.
Odisha – 151/6 (20) M. Meheta 66 (55), P. Mohanty 30 (19); M. Joshi 2/18 (4), P. Sharma 1/23 (4)
Haryana – 138/8 (20) S. Gulia 31 (22), R. Sisodia 27 (18); S. Malik 2/20 (3), R. Parwin 2/30 (4)
Semi-final fixtures (on 2nd May 2022):
SF 1 – Maharashtra v Baroda (at 8:30 AM IST)
SF 2 – Railways v Odisha (at 4:30 PM IST)