Red Bull Campus Cricket is in its 10th year and this is the first year when women’s matches are played. Red Bull has India’s opening bat Smriti Mandhana on board for promoting campus cricket in the country. On Friday, in the last game, Rizvi College, Mumbai locked horns with Gargi College, Delhi to play the Red Bull Campus Cricket 2021 Women’s Final at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
Tanisha Gaikwad, captain of Rizvi College, won the toss and elected to bowl first.
1st innings Gargi College, Delhi 81-7 in 20 overs
Batting first, Gargi College, Delhi could only manage to score 81-7 in their full quota of 20 overs. After the top order collapsed cheaply, the middle order held the innings together. Captain Tanya Vajpayee (16), Roopshikha Chaudhary (18) and Anchal Rai (22 not out) were the only batters to score in double digits. For Rizvi College, Mumbai, it was Nirmal, who was the pick of the bowlers. The left arm spinner scalped 3-6 in her four overs, including two maiden overs. Her wickets came in the form of caught and bowled, bowled and stumped. Kavita and Samiksha were the other bowlers among wickets as they accounted for one dismissal apiece. There were a couple of run outs during Gargi College’s batting innings.
2nd Rizvi College, Mumbai 82-7 in 12.5 overs
In reply, Rizvi College, Mumbai chased down the target in just 12.5 overs, winning the match by three wickets and 43 balls to spare. Opening bat Sadhvi Sanjay top-scored with run a ball 14, including three boundaries. Her opening partner Dhanashree (11), and middle-order pair of Vaibhavi Raja (12) and Ketki (10) were the other contributors with the bat. For Gargi College, Delhi, Megha was the leading wicket-taker in the match. She picked up 3-15 in her two overs. Aarti Gupta, Anchal Rai and Sanskriti were the other bowlers among wickets. The trio struck with one wicket each. There was one run in the Rizvi College’s batting innings.
Gargi College, Delhi 81-7 in 20 overs (A Rai 22; Nirmal 3-6) lost to Rizvi College, Mumbai 82-7 in 12.5 overs (S Sanjay 14; Megha 3-15) by 3 wickets
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