Semifinal 1: Bengal chase Baroda’s total to advance to the final of Senior Women’s T20 Trophy

Semifinal 1: Bengal chase Baroda’s total to advance to the final of Senior Women’s T20 Trophy 2019

Bengal chased down the target set by Baroda in the penultimate over to win the first semi-final. Bengal won the match by 6 wickets and qualified for the final of the tournament to be played on Sunday.

Bengal Senior Women's Team
Bengal Senior Women’s Team

The match which was played at Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground in Mulapadu saw Baroda winning the toss and batting first. Openers Binaisha Surti 5(8) and Palak Patel 12(23) who had been leading the team’s run-scoring department, could not perform up to the mark in the knockout match. More trouble came when batter Jenita Fernandes, who has been in sublime form recently was run-out on a duck by Richa Ghosh. It was then up to Yastika Bhatia and captain Tarannum Pathan to steady the chase. Bhatia, who had a very good India A tour of Bangladesh and Emerging Asia Cup, fell to Mita Paul in the 14th over scoring 22 runs in 35 deliveries. Gouher Sultana dismissed the captain on 15(24). Jaya Mohite and Tanvir Shaikh made 12 and 10 runs respectively. Baroda set a target of 89 runs for Bengal. They lost 9 wickets, out of which 4 were shared by Gouher Sultana and Mita Paul. Prativa Rana and Rumeli Dhar scalped one each.

Bengal had a similar start with opener Mita Paul getting run-out by Bhatia on 4. But Paramita Roy and Rumeli Dhar’s partnership ensured wickets don’t fall in packs for Bengal. Roy made 26 facing 28 balls while Dhar made 13 off 21. Both were bowled by Jaya Mohite, who was the lone wicket-taker from Baroda. Mandira Mahapatra made 27 off 29 while Richa Ghosh scored 15 in 12 balls as both remained not out to take the team across the line. They chased the target in 19 overs and won the match by 6 wickets. Bengal thus became the 1st team to qualify for the finals. The winners of the other semi-final – Railways vs Vidarbha – will decide whom Bengal will clash within the final of the tournament.

Baroda innings: 88/9 in 20 overs

Bengal innings: 92/4 in 18.4 overs

Result: Bengal won the match by 6 wickets and qualified for the Final