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Report: Ind vs Pak (Women), WT20 2014 Playoffs

Raj, Dabir star in India’s win

India Women won the play-off against Pakistan Women by six runs at the Sylhet Stadium. Skipper Mithali Raj top-scored for India, while Soniya Dabir (three wickets) set the ball rolling while defending 106 runs to claim victory. The win helped India finish in fifth place in the tournament.

Dabir claimed both the openers to leave Pakistan on 11 for two. Sravanthi Naidu and Shubhalakshmi Sharma supported her in toppling the middle order, while Poonam Yadav claimed two lower-middle order wickets to keep the opposition under control. The India attack bowled the team to victory by keeping Pakistan to 100 for nine in the day/night game.

Earlier, the Indian top order’s contribution helped the team go past the three-figure mark. The India captain who has been the most consistent of the line-up top-scored for the team with 39 runs. The middle order though failed to build on the platform. The departure of Jhulan Goswami for zero, leaving India on 64 for three, triggered a collapse. India finished with 106 for seven, a few runs short of what they would have liked to have on the board. 

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Report: Baroda vs Gujarat, T20 West Zone, 2014

Irfan, Hardik star in Baroda victory

Baroda's Hardik Pandya and Irfan Pathan performed with the bat and the ball to take their team to a six-wicket win against Gujarat. The pair dismantled the Gujarat line-up and paved the way for Baroda victory and then returned to chase down the sub-par target after Baroda lost three wickets with 12 runs on the board. In the day-night clash at Wankhede Stadium, Irfan set the tone of the innings by claiming three wickets in his second over and finished with 4-1-17-3, while Hardik finished with 4-1-7-3. The pair’s 58-run partnership then ensured Baroda attained the 80-run target comfortably.

Irfan Pathan pushed Gujarat on the back foot by claiming three wickets in the third over to reduce them to 12 for the loss of three wickets. Parthiv Patel was the first to depart, caught by Solanki in the mid-wicket area. Rujul Bhatt then edged the ball to the slips and Aditya Waghmode dove to take the catch, while Manpreet Juneja was caught by the wicketkeeper down the leg side.

Lukman Meriwala then followed up with the wicket of Venugopal Rao. The batsman departed offering a catch to Solanki at mid-wicket. 17 runs later, Akshar Patel was castled by Hardik Pandya for five.

With half the side back in the dugout and the team struggling to score runs, Jesal Karia joined Smit Patel in the middle. But they weren’t allowed an opportunity to rebuild the innings as Hardik pushed them further in the corner by dealing a double-blow in the 13th over to leave them gasping on 56 for seven. Smit Patel lost his stumps to the bowler, while Rohit Dahiya nicked the ball to Pinal Shah behind the wicket. During his four overs on the trot, Hardik left no scope for Gujarat to recover.

While attempting a single, MB Patel was the next to return to the pavilion. A direct hit by Aditya Waghmode from point reduced Gujarat to 64 for eight. Jasprit Bumrah was then sent back by Krunal Pandya. A mix-up in the middle brought the innings to an end for 79 runs with Karia getting run out with eight balls left in the innings.

Kedar Devdhar and Waghmode then came out to chase the paltry target. Jasprit Bumrah hit the deck hard from the word go and Thakore got the breakthrough in the next. He trapped Devdhar leg-before for four. In the following over, Bumrah dislodged Waghmode’s bails to leave the team on six for two in the third over. A bit later, Solanki was sent back by Thakore to leave Gujarat on 12 for three.

Irfan and Hardik then joined forces with Baroda needing 68 to win. They ensured that there were no further lapses as they closed in on the target. They brought up the 50 of the partnership off 51 balls. Hardik was the more aggressive of the two, while Irfan was content in playing the supporting role. However, with 10 runs required, Hardik returned for 37. Yusuf Pathan then joined Irfan in taking the team to victory with a six.