Senior Women's T20 Trophy - Day 1 Review
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
Picture Courtesy: Cricinfo
The Senior Women’s T20 Trophy 2023-24 kicked off on October 19. The 15th edition of this competition consists of 37 teams divided into 5 groups. The semi-finals will be played on November 7, whereas the all-important final will take place on November 9 in Raipur.
Ahead of next year's T20 World Cup and the WPL, this Senior T20 season holds a lot of importance for the players to showcase their skills and find a place in those premier competitions. Apart from India captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who will be playing for Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL, all the other Indian internationals are part of this year's tournament. On the opening day, India’s star batters like Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues made their presence felt. Let's have a look at how Day 1 transpired.
Group A - Railways v Tripura | Assam v Haryana | Jharkhand v Sikkim | Bihar v Punjab | Chandigarh v Karnataka
The defending champion, Railways started their campaign against Tripura with a stalemate. After 7 overs with Tripura’s score of 33/1, the match was abandoned due to rain.
Railways v Tripura – No Result
In the Assam vs Haryana clash, India’s backup wicket-keeper Uma Chetry and the dynamic opener Shafali Verma were leading their respective sides. After batting first, Assam only managed to put up a total of 113/8. With the help of Shafali Verma’s all-round performance of 3/19 and 44 off 17, Haryana registered a 3-wicket victory.
Assam v Haryana – Haryana won by 3 wickets
After spending two disappointing seasons with very few opportunities in the Railways, Indrani Roy came back to the Jharkhand team this season. Jharkhand scored 119/8 in the 1st innings and while defending, they bundled out Sikkim for just 33 runs. Pace all-rounder, Ashwani Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with her 3/4.
Jharkhand v Sikkim – Jharkhand won by 86 runs
In the Punjab vs Bihar game, Punjab’s captain Taniya Bhatia’s blistering 71 off 43 ensured an emphatic victory of 9 wickets over Bihar. India and RCB all-rounder Kanika Ahuja also scalped a 3-wicket haul for Punjab.
Bihar v Punjab – Punjab won by 9 wickets
Talented top-order bat of Karnataka, Vrinda Dinesh made the headlines against Chandigarh. During the chase of 114, she scored an unbeaten knock of 53 off 40 alongside her captain Veda Krishnamurthy who also tonked 45* off 34 and saw Karnataka home with 8 wickets in hand.
Chandigarh v Karnataka – Karnataka won by 8 wickets
Group B - Pondicherry v Meghalaya | Saurashtra v Uttar Pradesh | Bengal v Tamil Nadu
Pondicherry’s opener E Kavisha (74 off 51) and Asha S (26 off 21) weaved a big partnership of 68 and took the total to 150/4. Meghalaya couldn’t put up any resistance and fell short of the total by 77 runs. RCB leggie Asha S spun the web around Meghalaya batters and scalped 4 for 16.
Pondicherry v Meghalaya – Pondicherry won by 77 runs
In a low-scoring affair between Saurashtra and Uttar Pradesh, N Chavda with her 3/24 and captain Jayu Jadeja with her 43 off 41 helped Saurashtra clinch a 6-wicket victory.
Saurashtra v Uttar Pradesh – Saurashtra won by 6 wickets
In Group B, the most anticipated game was between Bengal and Tamil Nadu. After winning the toss, Tamil Nadu opted to bat first and put up a decent total of 123/6. Veteran pace all-rounder Niranjana Nagarajan led TN's batting with her knock of 55. While Saika Ishaque picked up 2 wickets, India internationals Deepti Sharma and Titas Sadhu got a wicket apiece. In the chase, Dhara Gujjar played an important knock of 41 off 32 and sealed a 7-wicket victory for Bengal.
Bengal v Tamil Nadu – Bengal won by 7 wickets
Group C – Manipur v Uttarakhand | Baroda v Mizoram | Mumbai v Vidarbha | Delhi v Maharashtra
Uttarakhand is a team to watch out for as it has some prominent players like Ekta Bisht, attacking batter Jasia Akhter, Mansi Joshi, and Punam Raut in their ranks. Despite the experience under their belt, Uttarakhand only managed to put up 131 for 9 against Manipur. Captain Ekta Bisht played a brisk knock of 30 off just 19. But for an inexperienced side like Manipur, it was an uphill task and they were bundled out in just 64 runs. Prema was the pick of the bowlers with 4/17, while Ekta scalped 2 wickets.
Manipur v Uttarakhand – Uttarakhand won by 67 runs
Baroda registered a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Mizoram. Yastika Bhatia scored 29* off 22 and Hani Patel picked up 3/3 for Baroda.
Baroda v Mizoram – Baroda won by 10 wickets
While batting first, Mumbai skipper Jemimah Rodrigues (45 off 35) and Humaira Kazi (54 off 35) helped to put up a comprehensive total of 147/5. But Vidarbha captain Disha Kasat had other plans and led the chase with a huge knock of 74 off 58. Vidarbha eventually fell short by 10 runs.
Mumbai v Vidarbha – Mumbai won by 10 runs
Delhi vs Maharashtra is the clash of the titans in the domestics. The under-19 WC star, Shweta Sehrawat scored an important knock of 48 off 44 in this low-scoring encounter which helped Delhi put up 127/4. Devika Vaidya stifled the Delhi batters with her 2/18. In the chase, Maharashtra captain Smriti Mandhana who opted out of WBBL to play in the domestics had a huge responsibility to give her team a flying start. But Delhi pacer Soni Yadav caught Mandhana LBW for a duck. Experienced campaigner Anuja Patil (39 off 35) and MR Magre (37* off 33) stitched a partnership of 56 at the back end of the innings. But they failed to take Maharashtra home and Delhi defeated them by 5 runs.
Delhi v Maharashtra – Delhi won by 5 runs
Group D – Goa v Himachal Pradesh | Kerala v Rajasthan
India international Harleen Deol led the Himachal Pradesh side from the front with her 48 off 39 and took the total to 144/5 after the 20 overs quota. Goa batters fumbled in the chase and their innings ended on just 118/9.
Goa v Himachal Pradesh – Himachal Pradesh won by 26 runs
After electing to bowl first, Kerala reduced Rajasthan to 89/7. Captain Minnu Mani (25 off 28) and Drishya IV (39* off 42) shared a 50-run partnership and defeated Rajasthan by 8 wickets. After a long stint with Railways, Arundhati Reddy joined the Kerala team this season. She picked up 1 wicket and was the most economical bowler for Kerala in this match.
Kerala v Rajasthan – Kerela won by 8 wickets
Group E – Arunachal Pradesh v Jammu & Kashmir | Andhra Pradesh v Hyderabad | Madhya Pradesh v Odisha
Pace all-rounder Rubia Syed starred in J & K’s 8-wicket victory over Arunachal Pradesh. She picked up a 3-wicket haul and restricted AP to just 73/5.
Arunachal Pradesh v Jammu & Kashmir – Jammu & Kashmir won by 8 wickets
After batting first, Hyderabad put up a fighting total of 132/4. Thanks to Gongadi Trisha’s 47 off 46 and Trisha Poojitha’s fiery knock of 42* off just 27. In response, Bhogi Sharavani's 4/32 didn't prove to be enough to restrict Andhra as they chased it with a six in the last delivery. Captain Sneha Deepthi's 39 off 24 and Hima Bindu's 39 off 40 materialized Andhra's 4-wicket victory.
Andhra Pradesh v Hyderabad – Andhra Pradesh won by 4 wickets
In response to Odisha's below-par total of 106/5, MP chased it quite convincingly by 6 wickets with 26 deliveries to spare. MP opener Poonam Khemnar stole the show in the chase with her 40 off 26.
Madhya Pradesh v Odisha – Madhya Pradesh won by 6 wickets