Railways claim 15th Senior Women’s One Day Trophy Title

Railways continue their dominance as they clinch their 15th Senior Women’s One Day Trophy by defeating Uttarakhand in the final. The Railways women’s team led by skipper Poonam Yadav clinched their record 15th Senior Women’s One Day Trophy title by defeating Uttarakhand led by skipper Ekta Bisht by 8 wickets in the final.

Railways claim 15th Women’s Senior One Day Trophy Title. PC: Getty
Railways claim 15th Women’s Senior One Day Trophy Title. PC: Getty

 

Uttarakhand managed to stay unbeaten throughout the league stages and as a result, they finished the league stage at the top of the points table in Group D with 24 points from 6 games. They defeated Maharashtra led by skipper Devika Vaidya by 8 runs in the 2nd semi-final, as they managed to survive Tejal Hasabnis’s inspired effort with the bat scoring a well-deserved century (105 off 143 balls) but failed to get her side over the line. Uttarakhand advanced through to the final courtesy of that victory against Maharashtra.

On the other hand, Railways led by skipper Poonam Yadav finished on top of the points table in group A with 24 points from 7 matches, they also managed to stay unbeaten during the league stages including 5 victories and a couple of washed-out games during their campaign. They defeated Delhi led by skipper Laxmi Yadav in the 1st semi-final by 8 runs.

Railways led by skipper Poonam Yadav were all set to face Uttarakhand led by skipper Ekta Bisht in the grand finale. Skipper Ekta Bisht won the toss and opted to bat first. The Uttarakhand got off to the worst possible start losing their top 3 inside the first three overs and with a score of just 10 runs on the board. Kanchan Parihar joined Sarika Koli at the crease and the duo stitched a crucial 42-run partnership for the 4th wicket before Tanuja Kanwer picked up the crucial wicket of Kanchan Parihar to provide the 4th breakthrough for Railways. Sarika Koli soon followed her back to the pavilion. Sneh Rana provided the 5th breakthrough for her side.

Skipper Ekta Bisht joined Mansi Joshi at the crease and the duo stitched a 16-run partnership for the 6th wicket before Rajeshwari picked up the massive wicket of the opposition skipper Ekta Bisht to provide the 6th breakthrough for Railways. Uttarakhand were eventually bundled out for 84 with more than 17 overs to spare. They suffered a collapse as they lost their last 4 wickets for just 14 runs. Sarika Koli (25 off 35 balls), Kanchan Parihar (17 off 32 balls), and Mansi Joshi (15 off 57 balls) were the top performers with the bat for Uttarakhand. Sneh Rana (6-3-9-2), Rajeshwari (5.1-3-4-2), Simran Bahadur (5-1-14-1), and Renuka Singh (5-0-22-2) were the top performers with the ball for Railways.

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Chasing a target of 85, the Railways openers got off to a steady start scoring over 5 runs an over before Safina picked up the wicket of C H Jhansi Lakshmi to provide the first breakthrough for Uttarakhand. Wicket-keeper batter Nuzhat Parween joined Sabbhineni Meghana at the crease and the duo stitched a crucial 43-run partnership for the 2nd wicket before Anjali Kathait cleaned up the wicket-keeper batter Nuzhat Parween to provide the 2nd breakthrough for Uttarakhand.

Mona joined Sabbhineni Meghana at the crease and the duo saw their side over the line in the run chase with a 21-run partnership to seal the game by 8 wickets and with more than 27 overs to spare. Sabbhineni Meghana (46 off 48 balls), Nuzhat Parween (20 off 66 balls), and C H Jhansi Lakshmi (18 off 19 balls) were the top performers with the bat for Railways. Safina (6-1-16-1) and Anjali Kathait (4.1-0-13-1) were the top performers with the ball for Uttarakhand. Railways women sealed their record 15th out of the 17 editions of the Senior Women’s One-Day Trophy by defeating Uttarakhand in the final. Delhi (2011/12) and Bengal (2018/19) were the other two sides to lift the title.

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