India B successfully registered a five-wicket win over India C in the sixth match of the Senior T20 Challenger Trophy in Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Thursday (January 9). With this win, they became the first team to chase down the target successfully.
After the first game of the day, India C sealed their place in the final. This game was a warm-up game for both the teams before final to work on their loopholes. In the game, Veda Krishnamurthy won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers – Shafali Verma and Madhuri Meheta got off to a flying start.
While Madhuri Meheta hit the first ball of the innings for a boundary, it was Shafali who took the onus. Although she was tested with the short ball by Pooja Vastrakar, her power and batting tricks helped her playing all over the park – be it creating a room or playing across the stumps.
However, Meheta fell in the fourth over off Tanuja Kanwer which brought Jincy George in the middle. While she was seen struggling, the 15-year-old Shafali looked so comfortable in the middle. However, her innings came to an end when she tried to hit bit but ended up getting a bottom edge. Anjali Sarvani dived forward to take a stunner a long-on to dismiss the youngster for a quickfire 31-ball 46.
After her dismissal, the wickets started falling at regular intervals. Arundhati Reddy chipped in an 11-ball 19 in the lower order. But the other batters failed to impress much and posted 148 on the board after 20 overs. For India B, Tanuja Kanwer, Renuka Singh And Sushree Dibyadarshini picked up two wickets each.
India B’s chase started on a high note as both the openers – Vanitha VR and Smriti Mandhana took no time to set their eyes in. Where Mandhana reached 19 off just six balls, Vanitha was no less as she hit Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s fifth delivery over mid-wicket for a maximum.
However, her free-flowing knock came to an end when she tried to hit a lofted shot but ended up giving a catch at mid-on to Hemalatha Dayalan for 24. On the other hand, youngster Jemimah Rodrigues failed to contribute as Arundathi Reddy successfully cleaned up for 4.
At 38 for 2, the Bengal player Richa Ghosh joined Vanitha VR in the middle. Her attacking play all over the ground ensured the run-rate remained the same. She smashed a square drive off Reddy before hitting Kshama over mid-off for a six impressed everyone.
To restrict her devastating batting, Krishnamurthy handed over the ball to Vrushali Bhagat who removed the youngster for a 26-ball 36. That somehow turned the table for them. Pooja Vastrakar came in the middle who is known for her handy batting ability. She smashed Bhagat for four boundaries, taking 18 runs which reduce the equation to 25 runs required off 36 balls.
Alongside Vastrakar, Ravi Kalpana too played sensibly. The pair brought up their 50-run partnership in 37 balls. While Vastrakar scored a 21-ball 37, Kalpana hit an unbeaten 22, as a result, India B reached the finish line with eight balls to spare.
Brief Scores: India C 148-8 in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 46; Renuka Singh 2-21) lost to India B 152-5 in 18.4 overs (Pooja Vastrakar 37; Tanusree Sarkar 1-20) by five wickets.