Group B: Round VI – Exceptional bowling hands victories to Railways, Odisha and Rajasthan – Senior Women’s T20 Trophy 2019

Group B: Round VI – Exceptional bowling hands victories to Railways, Odisha and Rajasthan – Senior Women’s T20 Trophy 2019

It was a day of good bowling and 3-wicket hauls for Group C. Every match of the day saw twin 3-wicket hauls with as many as 6 bowlers in total bagging 3 wickets each.

Date: 22 October 2019

Match 1: Haryana vs Railways

Venue: VCA KALAMNA, Nagpur

Railways continued their winning streak in the tournament after they beat Haryana in their 6th round match. A good all-round performance saw them edge over Haryana.

Railways batted first and set a target of 138 for Haryana to chase. Opener Shweta Jadhav made 34 runs while Mona Meshram made 29. Captain Sneh Rana had to depart in the 18th over when she was on 18 off 20. The highest runs of the innings came from the bat of number 7, Swagatika Rath who made a brisk 15-ball 39 and was run-out in the last ball of the innings. Railways finished at 137/8.

In reply, Haryana started well. Opener Shivangi Chauhan made 19 off 24 balls while Shafali Verma scored 38 runs off 29 balls – which was the highest score of the innings. Captain Sheetal Rana also made 32 runs in 30 balls as Haryana fell short of the target. Haryana lost 8 wickets and made 120 runs in 20 overs. Railways’ bowling unit fared well as both Swagatika Rath and Asha Sobhana took 3 wickets apiece.

Result: Railways won by 17 runs.

Match 2: Odisha vs Sikkim

Venue: VCA KALAMNA, Nagpur

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Sikkim had the same story to tell when they batted first against Odisha in the 6th round match in Nagpur. They bundled out in the 16th over scoring only 40 runs. Shubhi Pandey made 12 runs in 21 balls. Odisha again saw a couple of 3-wicket hauls from its sides. Indrani Chhatria and Madhusmita Behera both had 3 wickets against their names.

Odisha lost both its openers early in the chase of 41. Captain Madhusmita Behera had to depart in the 2nd over scoring only 5 runs off 8 balls. Wicket-keeper and Odisha number 3 batter Pragyan Mohanty made an unbeaten 10 in 24 balls as she took her team over the line. Sunita Murmu also contributed 13 runs to the team’s chase. Odisha chased the target in 12 overs losing 4 wickets.

Result: Odisha won by 6 wickets.

Match 3: Jammu and Kashmir vs Rajasthan

Venue: VCA Stadium, Nagpur

Rajasthan batted first and openers Anita Choudhary and Jyoti Choudhary didn’t give the team a good start with both of them departing on 1. Captain Ayushi Garg took the team forward with her knock of 37 runs off 44 balls. Sangeeta Kumawat 35(34) and Tanuja Vaishnav 11(14) remained unbeaten as Rajasthan finished on 97/5. Jammu and Kashmir bowler Rubia Sheikh was the highest wicket-taker scalping 3 wickets in the innings.

Chasing a target of 98, Jammu and Kashmir lacked composure. Wickets were falling every now and then as the team required a partnership to thrive. Nadia Mohd 18(26) and Tanisha Sharma 17(29) were the two batters who showed promise. Jammu and Kashmir were bowled out in 20 overs while they scored 54 runs. Rajasthan had a good bowling performance with as many as 2 bowlers getting a 3 wicket haul each. Sonal Kalal and Sangeeta Kumawat both bagged 3 wickets.

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Result: Rajasthan won by 43 runs.

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