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Railways women extend winning run

Goa’s Sunanda Yetrekar impresses with all-round show

Railways v Maharashtra: Rlys 131/6 (Niranjana Nagarajan 55, M D Thirushkamini 24) beat Maharashtra 87/8 (Smriti Mandhana 29) by 44 runs

Railways continued their winning run in the Elite Super League of the Senior Women’s T20 League with a comprehensive 44-run victory over Maharashtra at Holkar Stadium, Indore. 

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Railways posted a challenging 131/6 and restricted. Maharashtra to just 87/8. Railways openers Niranjana Nagarajan and M Thirushkamini added 42 for the first wicket before the latter was out for 24 in the 10th over. From the other end, Niranjana batted positively and despite the fall of regular wickets, the scorecard kept ticking. A late burst from Harmanpreet Kaur (22 from 12) meant Maharashtra had to chase in excess of 130.

Maharashtra lost wickets right from the start and were put under pressure by a strong bowling attack. As many as five bowlers picked up a wicket each as just two Maharashtra batters reached double digits. T S Hasabnis, who had earlier picked two wickets, remained not out on 25.

Odisha v Goa:
Odisha 89/6 (Sushree Dibyadarshini 33 not out, Sunanda Yetrekar 2/18) lost to Goa 90/2 (Yetrekar Sunanda 32 not out) by 8 wickets

Sunanda Yetrekar gave a good account of her all-round skills in the Elite Super League encounter between Goa and Odisha which the former won. She first took two wickets with her leg-spin to reduce Odisha to 89/6 and later remained unbeaten on 32 to guide her team to their first win. The one-drop walked in after the first wicket fell on 20 and stitched a 34-run stand for the second wicket with Sanjula Naik. She later shared an unbroken 36-run partnership with captain Shikha Pandey as Goa reached the target in 17.5 overs. This was Odisha’s second loss in as many games.

Cooch Behar U-19 (Junior Men)

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh booked a berth in the final of the Cooch Behar U-19 Trophy after beating Baroda by six wickets. In a low-scoring game at Motibaug Stadium, UP, who were shot out for 67 in the first innings after Baroda had made 127, recovered to skittle Baroda out for just 78 in 29.3 overs. Needing 139 to win, UP got to the total with six wickets to spare. Opening batsman and captain, Shivam Chaudhary, made 49 while middle-order batsman Sandeep Kumar remained not-out on 44. UP will now meet the winner of the Mumbai vs Gujarat game in the tournament final.

Moulin Parikh

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Mithali stars in Railways’ win over Odisha

Mumbai and UP make it to Plate group semis

Mithali Raj got Railways off to a winning start with a swashbuckling 74-run knock in the ongoing women’s T20 matches on Monday. The Railways beat Odisha by 54 runs and now top the Super League points table. In the other Super League match, Smriti Mandhana’s quickfire 69* helped set up the match in Maharashtra’s favour against Goa.

In the Plate Group knockouts, Fatima Jaffer claimed three for seven to put Mumbai in command while S Naik, Sunetra ensured the team entered the semifinals. In the other quarterfinal, Uttar Pradesh beat Baroda to make it to the next round. 

Here are the highlights of the day: 

Odisha vs Railways: Railways 134/3 in 20 overs (M Raj 74, MD Thirushkamini 39, S Malik 1/9) beat Odisha 80/2 in 20 overs (M Meheta 40*, M Behera 21, P Yadav 2/9) by 54 runs

Mithali Raj powered Railways to 134 for three with a 51-ball 74 comprising seven boundaries. The stylish top-order batswoman was involved a 97-run partnership for the second wicket with MD Thirushkamini (39 off 50) until the opener was run out. The Railways skipper too was run out with a ball left in the innings.

Railways then used as many as seven bowlers to keep Odisha in check. Although only two wickets fell in the innings - both taken by Poonam Yadav - Railways kept the flow of runs in check. Madhuri Meheta remained unbeaten on 40.
Goa vs Maharashtra: Maharashtra 132/1 in 20 overs (S Mandhana 69*, A Patil 42*, R Chavan 1/26) beat Goa 100/7 in 20 overs (Y Sunanda 42, S Pandey 21, S Mane 3/20) by 32 runs 

Propelled by Smriti Mandhana's unbeaten 57-ball 69 and A Patil's 35-ball 42 not out, Maharashtra set Goa a stiff target in their opening game of the Super League. The pair was involved in a 98-run unbroken stand for the second wicket after the team was asked to bat in Indore.

S Mane then claimed both the Goa openers to reduce the team to 14 for two. While she finished with three for 20, D Vaidya and M Magre picked a wicket each to maintain a stranglehold on the game and bowl the team to a comprehensive win.
Plate QFs

Mumbai vs Haryana: Haryana 109/6 in 20 overs (MB Joshi 51, F Jaffer 3/7) lost to Mumbai 112/5 in 19.3 overs (S Naik 47, Sunetra 41, P Bose 2/10) by 5 wickets 

After Mumbai restricted Haryana to 109/6 thanks to a maiden last over by Fatima Jaffer (three for seven), the batters chased down the total with three balls to spare. Opener MB Joshi's half-century and SM Khatri's 31 had helped the team past the three-figure mark, but Jaffer claimed three wickets in the last over while one was run out which set Mumbai a 110-run target.

S Naik and Sunetra then got Mumbai off to a good start with a 69-run opening stand until the latter was out for 41. Naik followed her back 18 runs later for 47. B Tamore then took the team across the line as they booked a semifinal spot.

Baroda vs UP: Baroda 104/6 in 20 overs (B Surti 28, P Patel 22, Z Firdos 2/15) lost to UP 105/7 in 18.3 overs (Deepti 41, S Sahu 27*, S Sharma 1/8) by 3 wickets. 

In the second quarterfinal, Uttar Pradesh comfortably chased down the 105-run target with nine balls to spare. While Deepti took the team past the half way mark with a 36-ball 41 before being run out, Shefali Sahu took the team to the finish line with an unbeaten 27-ball 37. Their efforts ensured the team a place in the next phase.

Earlier, Zeenat Firdos' two for 15 and a wicket each by Apurwa Bhardwaj and Shivangi Raj helped UP restrict Baroda to 104/6. 

Prajakta Pawar

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