Women's Senior One Day Trophy 2020-21 Semifinals Highlights: Mithali, Punam shine as Railways set Jharkhand clash in final

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Mithali Raj closed the Railways chase against Bengal with an unbeaten 24 after Punam Raut's 69 on Thursday to enter the final.   -  BCCI

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Women's Senior One Day Trophy 2021 semifinals between Jharkhand Women vs Andhra Women and Railways Women vs Bengal Women.

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FIVE OVER UPDATES:

BEN 250/6 (50) v RAIL 254/4 (44)JHA 216/7 (50) v AP 189 all out (48.3)


Andhra 189 all out in 48.3 overs:
And the narrow glimmer of hope has died down for Andhra as Sudha Rani holes out at 57. With the pressure mounting there was little that she could do as an all-round Jharkhand has ensured its ticket to the final with a 27-run win. Jharkhand will now meet Mithali Raj's Railways in the final on Sunday at Rajkot.

Andhra 175/9 after 46 overs: Andhra is hanging on by the thread here and PV Sudharani has put on lone battle at the middle. Her run-a-ball 44 means Andhra needs 42 off 24 balls to to enter the final.

Railways 254/4 after 44 overs: Mithali finishes the match in style with a cracking four over long-on! Bengal has been ousted in a thoroughly dominating performance by the Railways who has now sent the defending champion packing. Railways enters the final with a comfortable six-wicket win.

 

Railways 238/4 after 42 overs: Mithali is taking her side close to the finals here. Meshram had produced the damage at the other end before holing out at 36. But with Raj finding her feet with time, things seem all but done for Bengal. Railways needs 13 runs from 48 balls.

Andhra 135/7 after 39 overs: After a brief recovery bid from K Jyothi and Sudhrani, Jharkhand has struck again with Jyothi falling for 12. Andhra needs 82 from 66 balls.

Railways 203/3 after 37 overs: Railways is cruising home with ease here. Meshram has eased the pressure of the new batter Mithali who has taken her time to get off the blocks. Bengal's woes have been doubled as skipper Rumeli Dhar had to walk off the field after her attempt to stop a boundary. The skipper's absence also means Bengal is short of a potent bowler here.

Andhra 112/6 after 34 overs: In a massive twist to the chase, Andhra has lost five wickets for five runs! Led by Jharkhand skipper Mani Niharika's two wickets with the others for company, Andhra have reduced to the deep end within a matter of few overs and it all seems it could be a matter of minutes before Jharkhand closes this one.

Railways 181/3 after 32 overs: Railways is cruising to the win here after Punam Raut continuing her blistering form with her chase-anchoring fifty.  Sneh Rana got herself to a quick start with 27 off 24 balls before being bowled Gouher Sultana. However, Punam Raut has walked back to due to an injury. Possibly due to cramps. The pain is too much for her at the moment and that means the skipper Mithali Raj is walking out to bat.

Railways 159/1 after 28 overs: Punam Raut hits a brilliant half-century but Railways lose Nuzhat Parween. However, the Mitali Raj-led team bats deep and has the arsenal to gun down Bengal's total of 250. Railways require another 92 runs to win. 

Andhra 104/2 after 27 overs: After the fall of skipper N Anusha, opener Jhansi Lakshmi persihes for a 63-ball 41. The strikes might have little impact, considering that Andhra needs another 113 runs to win.

Railways 130/1 after 22 overs: Punam Raut and Nuzrat Parween have forged a partnership with the former approaching her half-century. Railways need 121 runs to win.

Andhra 90/1 after 21 overs: The skipper leading fom the front as N Anusha hits a half-century but departs immediately for 51 off 67 balls after spooning a return catch to Devyani. Pushpa Latha joins Jhansi Lakshmi.

Railways 64/1 after 10 overs: Rukmoni Roy strikes to remove M Thirushkamini as the batswoman departs for a well-made 37-ball 43. However, Railways is going strong with Punam Raut and Nuzrat Parween batting with ease.

Andhra 76/0 after 15 overs: N Anusha and Jhansi Lakshmi have put on a fine show as they raise the fifty-run stand and have put the team in a commanding position in chase of 217.

Railways 32/0 after 6 overs: Punam Raut and M Thirushkamini have given Railways a sedate start in chase of 251 to book a place in the final.

Andhra 45/0 after 7 overs: Skipper N Anusha and Jhansi Lakshmi are off the blocks in a flash as the openers are looking solid in reply to Jharkhand's modest total of 216.

End of Innings: Bengal 250/6 after 50 overs

Bengal rode on a sublime century from Deepti Sharma (113, 148b, 15*4) and handful contributions from Richa Ghosh and Mita Paul to post 250/6 at the end of 50 overs. Deepti, who missed out on a century in the previous game, ensured she got to the landmark in an all-important semifinal. On a good batting wicket, Bengal needs to bowl well against a strong Railways side, led by Mithali Raj, to make it to the final.

End of Innings: Jharkhand 216/7 after 50 overs

Opener Rashmi hits a fine unbeaten 122 off 139 balls to help Jharkhand post 216/7 after 50 overs. Andhra bowlers did well to pick wickets at regular intervals but the Jharkhand opener held one fort and guided her team to a respectable total. For Andhra, Jhansi Lakshmi was the pick of the bowlers with a three-wicket haul.

Bengal vs Railways: Deepti Sharma is batting on 92 off 136 deliveries and what a fine knock this has been. The 200 is up for Bengal and with her century at sight, Deepti will be the key for a late flourish. Bengal 201/4 after 45 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: Despite regular fall of wickets, opener Rashmi has played a superb knock and is now just five runs away from what will be a brilliant century. The opener has held the innings together as the rest lacked application. Jharkhand 176/7 after 46 overs.

Bengal vs Railways: Deepti Sharma and Richa Ghosh have stitched a vital half-century stand and this has been sublime from both the batswomen. Bengal, picking pace in the closing stages but wicket-keeper Richa perishes for a well-made 36-ball 33. Bengal 170/3 after 40 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: Opener Rashmi is being very impressive with her batting as she continues to hold one fort and keep the Andhra bowlers at bay. Ashwani, meanwhile, has come out all guns blazing but departs for a quickfire 28. Jharkhand 146/5 after 40 overs.

Bengal vs Railways: Deepti Sharma and Richa have picked momentum as the run-rate is now close to five/over and having missed a century in her previous outing, Deepti looks determined to get to the three-figure mark. She is batting on 79 off 107 balls. Bengal 158/2 after 35 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: Opener Rashmi is being very impressive with her batting as she continues to hold one fort and keep the Andhra bowlers at bay. Ashwani, meanwhile, has come out all guns blazing with a run-a-ball 27 and this should lift the spirits of the side. Jharkhand 125/4 after 35 overs.

Bengal vs Railways: Deepti Sharma continues to accumulate runs and has now found a partner in Richa. Although Railways isn't picking wickets at regular intervals, it has managed to keep a lid on the run-rate. Bengal 128/2 after 30 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: Jharkhand continues to lose wickets as Durga Murmu perishes but opener Rashmi, who recahed her half-century continues to occupy the crease. The 100 is up but Andhra has an upper hand as a couple of more wickets would hand them complete control. Jharkhand 100/4 after 32 overs.

Bengal vs Railways: Deepti Sharma scores a fine half-century and is batting on 54 off 69 balls with eight boundaries in her innings and despite the fall of skipper Dhar, Bengal going strong having crossed the 100-run mark. Bengal 104/2 after 25 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: Opener Rashmi scores her half-century and is batting on 51 off 75 balls with eight boundaries. Durga Murmu on the other hand has dropped anchor with Rashmi holding the key. Jharkhand 80/3 after 26 overs.

Bengal vs Railways: Railways break the opening stand, courtesy a run-out and a miscommunication saw Mita Paul walk back for a 64-ball 38. Deepti meanwhile, is approaching her half-century. Bengal 92/1 after 20 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: Jhansi Lakshmi strikes to remove a well-set Sonia as Jharkhand loses its third wicket. Good news is opener Rashmi is batting steadily at the other end and is six runs short of her half-century.  Jharkhand 71/3 after 21 overs.

Bengal vs Railways: Deepti Sharma and Mita Paul continue to occupy the crease and have complimented each other very well. The team is off to a brilliant start and Railways will aim to break the stand on a good batting wicket where the ball is coming nicely on to the bat. Bengal 62/0 after 15 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: Rashmi and Sonia have steadied Jharkhand and are rebuilding the innings after the early loss of wickets. The team fifty is up and Jharkhand will hope to build on further. Andhra, meanwhile, is looking for wickets. Jharkhand 50/2 after 15 overs.

Bengal vs Railways: Deepti Sharma and Mita Paul have given Bengal a solid start with both openers finding the boundaries at will. Mita with five hits to the fence is batting on 25 off 32 balls while Deepti is batting on 15 off 26 balls. Railways skipper Mithali Raj has introduced spin early but Ekta Bisht and Swagatika Rath are yet to create an impact. Bengal 46/0 after 10 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: After the fall of two early wickets, opener Rashmi along with middle-order batswoman Sonia are trying to build a partnership for Jharkhand. Rashmi, batting on 27 off 31 deliveries, will hold the key as Andhra aims to make further inroads. Jharkhand 33/2 after 10 overs.

Jharkhand vs Andhra: B Anusha strikes early for Andhra as she removes opener Indrani Roy. Early setback for Jharkhand after opting to bat first. Jharkhand 6/2 after 4 overs

Bengal vs Railways: Mita Paul is off the blocks with a boundary but Deepti is yet to get off the mark. Railways skipper Mithali Raj has introduced spin early with Ekta Bisht bowling in tandem with Arundhati Reddy. Bengal 18/0 after 4 overs

Toss - Jharkhand Women win the toss and opt to bat first against Andhra.

Toss - Bengal Women win the toss and opt to bat first against Railways.

Playing XI

Railways: Mithali Raj (C), Nuzhat Parween (WK), Mona, S Asha, Sneh Rana, Swagatika Rath, Rajeshwari, MS Thirushkamini, Ekta Bisht, Punam Raut, Arundathi Reddy

Bengal: Rukmoni Roy, Sushmita Ganguly, Dhara Gujjar, Richa (WK), Mamata, Mita Paul, Prativa, P Paul, Dhar (C), Gouher Sultana, Deepti

Andhra: N Anusha (C), B Anusha, V Pushpa Latha, Saranya Gadwal, Chandra Lekha, S Hima Bindu, P.V. Sudharani, K Jyothi, E Padmaja, C.H. Jhansi Lakshmi, M Durga (WK)

Jharkhand: Sonia, Indrani Roy (WK), Shanti Kumari, Durga Murmu, Niharika (C), Ritu, Rashmi, Mamta Paswan, Devyani, Ashwani, Arti

Squads:

 

Jharkhand Women

Arti,Anamika Kumari, Anjali, Ashwani, Devyani, Israni, Mamta Paswan, Priyanka, Rashmi, Ritu, Urmila Kumari, Khushbu Kumari, Priti Kumari, Sulekha, Ruma, Monika, Niharika, Durga Murmu, Pinky, Priya Kumari, Shanti Kumari, Sunita, Indrani Roy, Sonia

Andhra Women

N Anusha, P Aishwaryarai, K Dhathri, M Durga, M Harika Yadav, C H Jhansi Lakshmi, E Padmaja, D Pravallika, N Roja, A Srilakshmi, Navya,K Jyothi, P V Sudharani, S Hima Bindu, G Chandra Lekha,Saranya Gadwal, V Pushpa Latha, A Sireesha, B Anusha, G Sindhuja, Sarayu

Railways

K Anjali Sarvani, R Kalpana, T Sarkar, Arundathi Reddy, Mithali, Punam Raut, Shubh, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, M D Thirushkamini, Rajeshwari, Swagatika Rath, Sneh Rana, D Hemalatha, S Meghana, Meghna Singh, S R Mane, Asha S, Mona, Preeti R Bose, P Bala, Nuzhat Parween, Kshama Singh

Bengal

Tithi Das, Rukmoni Roy, Saika Ishaque, Deepti, Bristi Maji, Titas Sadhu, Jhulan Goswami, Paramita Roy, Antara Jana, Gayatri Mal, Gouher Sultana, Dhar, Dipa Das, N Maji, Rupa Dutta, Shreya Karar, Aparna Mondal, Kashish Agarwal, P P Paul, Prativa, Mita Paul, S P Aich, Jhumia Khatun, Mamata, Richa, Ankita Chakraborty, Dhara Gujjar, Sushmita Ganguly

 

Tournament: Women's Senior One Day Trophy 2020-21

Format: ODI | Semifinals | Bengal vs Railways & Jharkhand vs Andhra

When & Where: 1st April, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot | Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium Ground B, Rajkot

How and Where to Watch: The Bengal vs Railways semifinal match will be live streamed on Hotstar