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Women’s Challenger Trophy | Harleen and spinners shine as India-A wins big against India-C

After Sahana put the brakes on the India-C batters, Harleen took India-A past the finish line. Photo: Special Arrangement

A brutal onslaught at the death from Harleen Deol took India-A to a total that would prove too good for India-C in the opening match of the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy tournament on Sunday.

Riding on Harleen’s unbeaten 51 off 30 balls (8×4, 1×6), India-A made 160 for two after choosing to bat at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Stadium. In reply, India-C could only manage 126 for eight, thus going down by 34 runs.

The margin would have been bigger but for some lusty blows towards the end by captain Pooja Vastrakar (61, 38b, 4×4, 3×6). By the time she pressed on the accelerator, it was too late.

A brilliant spell – one for 10 from four overs —with the new ball by left-arm seamer Anjali Sarvani had put India-C on the back foot. Then the Karnataka spinners Sahana Pawar and Shreyanka Patil took over, claiming five wickets between them.

India-C could not recover from its poor start, losing both openers, S. Meghana and Kiran Navgire, before the PowerPlay was over.

Earlier, Harleen paced her innings nicely. Her flicked six over square-leg off Pooja in the final over was gorgeous.

She had arrived in the middle after openers Nuzhat Parween (55, 54b, 6×4) and Shivali Shinde (42, 31b, 5×4, 1×6) added 67. The second-wicket stand between Nuzhat and Harleen was worth 59.

The day’s second match was even more of a mismatch, as India-D crushed India-B by 10 wickets. Yastika Bhatia (22 n.o., 26b, 2×4) and Jasia Akhter (56 n.o., 36b, 9×4) needed only 10.2 overs to take their side home after a fine show by the bowlers saw India-B unable to last the full overs, getting knocked over for 80.

The job began by seamers Renuka Singh and Shikha Pandey was finished off by spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Sneha Rana, the skipper.

The scores:

India-A 160/2 in 20 overs (Nuzhat Parween 55, Shivali Shinde 42, Harleen Deol 51 n.o.) bt India-C 126/8 in 20 overs (Pooja Vastrakar 61, Sahana Pawar 3/14, Shreyanka Patil 2/36).

India-B 80 in 18.2 overs (Renuka Singh 2/24, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 3/11, Sneh Rana 2/13) lost to India-D 81/0 in 10.2 overs (Jasia Akhter 56 n.o.).

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