Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy: Shafali Verma assault makes it a no contest as India-B razes India-A

Shafali Verma scored an unbeaten 92 off 52 deliveries as India-B defeated India-A by nine wickets in the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy. In the other match on Tuesday, Yastika Bhatia scored an unbeaten 99 as India-D overcame India-C.

Shafali Verma after scoring her match-winning innings of 92, at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Stadium in Raipur.

Shafali Verma after scoring her match-winning innings of 92, at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Stadium in Raipur. | Photo Credit: P. K. Ajith Kumar

Shafali Verma scored an unbeaten 92 off 52 deliveries as India-B defeated India-A by nine wickets in the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy. In the other match on Tuesday, Yastika Bhatia scored an unbeaten 99 as India-D overcame India-C.

Shafali Verma’s blistering 91 not out (52b, 11x4, 4x6) powered India-B to a nine-wicket win (with 5.5 overs to spare) over India-A in the Senior Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy tournament at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Stadium here on Tuesday.

Remarkably, the swashbuckling opener had scored almost 80 per cent of her team’s total: the target was 111.

Brief scores
India-A 110 in 20 overs (Amanjout 49, Deepti 4 for 15) lost to India-B 114 for 1 in 14.1 overs (Shafali 91 n.o.)
India-D 165 for 5 in 20 overs (Yastika 99 n.o.) beat India-C 118 for 7 in 20 overs (Richa 36, Renuka 3 for 27)

Shafali got a couple of lives all right — dropped by left-arm spinner Sahana Pawar off own bowling on 25 and then by captain Poonam Yadav at midwicket off off-spinner S. Sajana on 43 — but she had been struck the ball sweetly from the time she came in. She lofted and drove beautifully. Both her partners — opener Dhara Gujjar (eight) and skipper Deepti Sharma (13 not out) — were spectators as she added 37 and 77 for the first and unfinished second wickets, respectively.

Miserable show

Yastika Bhatia was unlucky to miss out on a century.

Yastika Bhatia was unlucky to miss out on a century. | Photo Credit: P. K. Ajith Kumar

Earlier, Deepti Sharma picked up four wickets with her off-spin during India-A’s miserable show with the bat. Only Amanjout Kaur (49, 49b, 8x4) and opener Shivali Shinde (22) managed to last more than a dozen balls.

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India-D trounced India-C by 47 runs in the day’s other match, in which opener Yastika Bhatia was extremely unlucky to miss out on what would have been a splendid hundred. She was stranded on 99 not out (61b, 16x4, 1x6). It was a well-controlled innings; she hit her only six — a magnificent straight hit off Rashi Kanojia — after facing 45 balls.

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