Delhi clinch Senior Women’s T20 Plate league

Captain Reema Malhotra stars in victory

With a five-run win against Baroda, Delhi emerged winners from the plate group of Senior Women’s T20 League, 2016-17. The Delhi captain, Reema Malhotra (31* off 29 and 2/18) starred in the win with the bat and the ball. Having set the opposition a 116-run target, Delhi restricted Baroda to 110 for eight. With two wickets each, the skipper and Babita Negi helped bowl the team to a title win.

Earlier, put in to bat, Latika Kumari and Priya Punia had put together 33 runs until Pragya Rawant sent back the former in the seventh over. 10 runs later Mohite accounted for the other opener to reduce Delhi to 44 for two. Malhotra then joined Neha Tanwar in setting the opposition a competitive target. The duo had added 58 for the third wicket until the No 3 bat was run out. With Mandeep Kaur, the Delhi captain then took the team to 115 in their allotted quota of overs.

In reply, P Patel and Y Bhatia then got Baroda off to a good start with a 49-run opening stand until Negi struck. The bowler claimed both openers in the same over to reduce Baroda to 52 for two in the eighth over. TNP and Radha Yadav then joined forces to keep the chase on course until Sonia Lohiya claimed the latter to end the blossoming stand.

With the end of the third wicket stand for 34 in the 15th over, wickets fell at regular intervals. TI Shaikh was run out by Negi with the team on 99 in the 18th over and Malhotra followed up with two more wickets in the following over with the opponents on 99 for six. Two more wickets fell but KKT and Zulekha Yakubwala remained not out without opening their accounts as Delhi claimed victory.  

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Parthiv leads Gujarat to maiden Ranji Trophy title

Mumbai suffer their first defeat in a Ranji final since 1990-91

With a sparkling 143-run knock, Parthiv Patel helped Gujarat chase down a record 312-run target in the final to claim their maiden Ranji Trophy title.

The captain made crucial 90 runs to secure a first innings lead and followed it up with a century in the second to clinch a five-wicket win in the 2016-17 season of the prestigious tournament.

Like he had complemented the captain in tipping the balance in Gujarat’s favour in the first innings, Manprit Juneja once again helped forge a vital 116-run stand, which helped Gujarat seize the advantage after being reduced to 51 for two in the morning.

Balwinder Singh Sandhu had claimed both the openers after Gujarat had resumed their innings on 47 without loss. Priyank Panchal, who had become only the third batsman to score in excess of 1300 runs in a Ranji Trophy season, was sent back on the overnight score of 34. The medium-pacer forced an edge through to the wicket-keeper to give Mumbai an early breakthrough. He then followed up with the wicket of Bhargav Merai. 38 runs later, Abhishek Nayar accounted for Samit Gohil to keep Mumbai alive in the game.

Juneja, who joined Parthiv with the team on 89 for three, ably supported the skipper in building the Gujarat innings. While the captain gleaned runs off the Mumbai attack with ease, the middle-order batsman also impressed with some crisp strokes as they chipped away at the target. Batting at an unhurried pace, the duo kept the scoreboard ticking to seize the momentum in Gujarat’s fvaour.

However, after having done the hard yards to help Gujarat to an advantageous position, Juneja was sent back by Akhil Herwadkar on 52. The part-time bowlers drew an edge from the batsman through to Aditya Tare behind the stumps with the team on 205 for four. However, Parthiv continued to milk the bowlers from the other end. He slammed Sandhu for three boundaries in an over to inch towards his century and a couple of overs later went past the three-figure mark with two runs of Herwadkar.

While Gujarat approached their win, the Mumbai attack continued to hit the deck hard. However, misses in the field cost them dearly.

Parthiv continued to attack to Mumbai. However, with just 13 runs needed, he top-edged a Shardul Thakur short delivery and the bowler took the catch to send the batsman back. Chirag Gandhi then joined Rujul Bhatt in taking the team to the finish line. With two crisp boundaries off Thakur, the batsmen helped the team clinch their maiden title.

Brief scores: 

Day 1 - Mumbai 1st inn 228/10 in 83.5 overs (P Shaw 71, SK Yadav 57, R Bhatt 2/5, CT Gaja 2/46, RP Singh 2/48); Gujarat 1st inn 2/0 in 1 over. Trail by 22r runs
Day 2 – Gujarat 1st inn 291/6 in 92 overs (P Patel 90, M Juneja 77, C Gandhi 17*, R Kalaria 16*, A Nayar 3/91, S Thakur 2/67) Lead by 63 runs
Day 3 – Gujarat 1st inn 328/10 in 104.3 overs (R Kalaria 27, S Thakur 4/84, BS Sandhu 3/63); Mumbai 2nd inn 208/3 in 67 overs (S Iyer 82, SK Yadav 45, A Tare 13*, CT Gaja 3/54) Lead by 108 runs
Day 4 – Mumbai 2nd inn 411/10 in 137.1 overs (A Nayar 91, A Tare 69, C Gaja 6/121); Gujarat 2nd inn 47/0 in 13.2 overs (P Panchal 34*, S Gohil 8*) Need 265 runs to win
Day 5 – Gujarat 2nd inn 313/5 in 89.5 overs (P Patel 143, M Juneja 54, B Sandhu 2/101) Gujarat won by 5 wickets 

Prajakta Pawar
Prajakta Pawar

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