Following a shaky start to their tournament in the Challenger Trophy with a 7-wicket defeat against India B, India A staged a successful comeback with a 5-wicket victory over India C.
Opting to bat first, India C was bundled out for 205 in 47.1 overs. India A’s bowling side struck early, successively dismissing Priya Punia and Dhara Gujjar for ducks, in the first and second over of the innings respectively. After a rather poor show from the top order, Radha P Yadav and C Prathyusha managed to put up a stable partnership, knocking 82 and 63 ut how off 98 and 74 deliveries respectively. Sneh Rana took the last wicket for India A, dismissing Radha Yadav in the forty-eighth over, thus bringing an end to India C’s innings. Sneh Rana and Simran Dil Bahadur claimed three wickets apiece for India A. Renuka K Singh took two wickets, while Mehak Kesar and SS Kalak settled for one each.
Replying, India A lost their first wicket early, with the dismissal of opener SS Shinde for a duck in the third over. CH Jhansi Lakshmi delivered an opening knock of 32 runs off 69 balls. Both DD Kasat and Captain Sneh Rana managed 50+ stands knocking 53 and 59 runs off 70 and 75 balls respectively. With DD Kasat’s dismissal in the fortieth, Simran Dil Bahadur finished off the chase, hitting 23 off 14 to aid India A to the target in 46.1 overs with five wickets to spare. Shikha Pandey, Tarannum Pathan, and C Prathysha claimed one wicket each for India C.
Scores: India C 205 (Radha P Yadav 82, C Prathyusha 63, Sneh Rana 3/32, Simran Dil Bahadur 3/37) lost to India A 206/5 (D D Kasat 53, Sneh Rana 59, Tarannum Pathan 1/24) by 5 wickets.
Continuing their winning streak, India D defeated India A by 46 runs. India B won the toss and was elected to field first. Banking on the opening century of S Meghana (102), India D managed a total of 230-all out in 48.5 overs. Ayushi Soni narrowly missed out on a half-century, getting dismissed at 48 by Harleen B Deol in the twenty-fifth over. The rest of the batting lineup however struggled to put up double-digit figures- their run flow further hampered by the rapid fall of wickets. Sarla Devi, Rashi Kanojya and Chandu V claimed two wickets each for India B.
India B seemed to be heading towards a successful chase with Harleen B Deol knocking 73 off 86 deliveries following the early dismissal of opener P A Patel for a single run. However, with H Kazi’s dismissal for 37 runs by Kanika Ahuja in the thirty-third over, the momentum was broken. The middle and lower orders failed to hit the straps, and with Pooja Vatrakar claiming the wicket of Chandu V off the last ball of the innings, India B was bundled out for 184. Pooja Vastrakar claimed three wickets for India D giving away 37 runs, while Keethy K James and Kanika Ahuja claimed two each.
Scores: India D 230 (S Meghana 102, Ayushi Soni 48, Sarla Devi 2/24, Chandu V 2/40) won against India B 184 (Harleen B Deol 73, H Kazi 37, Pooja Vastrakar 3/37, Keerthy K James 2/24) by 46 runs.