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Unbeaten India Women seal World Cup berth

Bowlers restrict Bangladesh to sub-par total; Mithali Raj and Meshram bring up victory

India Women beat Bangladesh Women by nine wickets in the Super Six phase of the ICC Women’s World Cup, 2017 Qualifiers in Sri Lanka. With an unbroken 136-run partnership for the second wicket opener Mona Meshram (78*) &Mithali Raj (73*) helped chase down the 156-run target in 33.3 overs.

After India elected to field, pacers – ShikhaPandey and Mansi Joshi kept the Bangladesh openers on a tight leash. Joshi dealt the first blow by sending back Sharmin Sultana in the eight over and in the next over accounted for Sanjida Islam to leave Bangladesh on 14 for two.

SharminAkhter then found an ally in FarganaHoque and the pair worked with determination to rebuild the innings. However, the Indian bowlers had dried up the flow of runs and maintained a strangle hold on the batters. The duo managed to add 62 runs in 23.2 overs until DevikaVaidya had Akhter stumped to end the partnership.

After getting the breakthrough India picked wickets at regular intervals as they continued to keep the batters in check. ShikhaPandey sent back Rumana Ahmed with the side on 97 while Hoque was sent back by Joshi on the next ball after reaching her half-century with a boundary.

With seven overs left in the innings, Bangladesh needed to up their ante but continued to lose wickets as they looked to add to the total.

Salma Khatun was bowled by RajeshwariGayakwad leaving Bangladesh on 138 for six while Nigar Sultana was run out in the next over.
ShailaSharmin and JahanaraAlam then added 15 runs in 13 balls to take Bangladesh to 155 for eight. Alam was the last wicket to fall off the last ball; sent back by Vaidya for two.

India then lost Deepti Sharma with 22 runs on the board. The opener was caught by Khadija Tul Kubra off her own bowling. Mithali then joined Meshram in scaling the target. The pair milked the Bangladesh bowlers steadily to attain the target with ease. The India captain brought up the win with a six off Khadija Tul Kubra. 

BCCI Staff

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India U-19: First four-day game ends in a draw

Ferrario scores ton, Sijomon Joseph picks six wickets against England U-19

The first four-day game between India Under-19 and England Under-19 ended in a draw in Nagpur. While Max Holden (170) and George Bartlett (179) helped the visitors to a solid 501 for five declared in the first innings, Daryl Ferrario (117) was the only centurion in India’s reply of 431 for eight until declaring their first innings. Sijomon Joseph then claimed six for 62 to bowl England out for 167 in their second innings. Chasing 238, India were 189 for eight when the match ended.

Electing to bat first, the visiting England U-19 team, milked India U-19s in their first innings as Holden and Bartlett piled on runs. The pair put together 321 runs until Bartlett was sent back by Joseph while Ferrario accounted for the opener to leave the side on 418 for three. Delray Rawlins (70*) then took the team past the 500-run mark before they declared their innings.

India lost Rohan Kunnummal with 23 runs on the board and Saurabh Singh joined Abhishek Goswami in taking the innings forward. The second wicket partnership had taken the hosts to 120 when the opener was sent back by Liam Patterson White. India continued to keep losing wickets at regular intervals, however, Ferrario’s century helped them keep the innings on course. But, with team on 431, India declared their innings.

As England then looked to add on to the total, they were bowled out for 167. Running through the line-up, Joseph claimed six while Ferrario took two and K Seth and R Bhagat picked a wicket each.

Chasing the improbable target, India were left reeling at 48 for five by England as the top five batsmen returned for single digit scores. While S Lokeshwar strove to hold up one end, the home team continued to lose wickets. The lower middle-order bat was not out on 92 with V Panwar when play ended. 

BCCI Staff

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