The Senior Women’s One Day Trophy 2024 got underway on 4th January 2024 amidst much fanfare and thrill. What was witnessed was high-scoring affairs, spectacular batting and bowling performances coupled with absolute thrillers and one-sided matches. For the uninitiated, the high-profile List-A tournament features 37 teams participating and they are split across 6 groups.
The tournament carries a lot of relevance owing to how the Indian women’s ODI team recently crashed to a dismal 0-3 loss to Australia and with no matches in the 50-over format for the Women in Blue for some time (till October/November of this year) and some pressing concerns to be addressed, this competition can be the answer to all the tough questions that need answering.
Senior Women’s One Day Trophy 2024: Here’s how Day 1 unfolded
Chandigarh vs Saurashtra- Saurashtra won by 4 wickets
At the SLIMS Cricket Ground, an exciting and close match was witnessed. Saurashtra won the toss and elected to field first. Saurashtra had a strong start with Monika Patel scoring 56 but with the diminishing returns of the rest of the batters yielding nothing productive, Chandigarh stumbled to 161 all out.
N Chavda stood out with 4 wickets and was supported by the rest of the bowling unequivocally. Saurashtra in return chased down the total with Umeshwari Jethva scoring 43 with crucial knocks of Ayushi P’s 24, R B Dabhi’s 17 and T Dharani’s 13 sealing the deal. Rajni Devi for Chandigarh was the shining light with three wickets.
Madhya Pradesh vs Manipur- Madhya Pradesh won by 262 runs
In the Madhya Pradesh vs Manipur encounter at the CAP Ground 4, Manipur won the toss and decided to field first. Madhya Pradesh posted a mammoth 350/4 courtesy of Poonam Khemnar’s 117, Anushka Sharma’s 103 and finished touches of skipper Nikita Singh’s 45 and Soumya Tiwari’s 54 ensured MP had this total. In return, they bowled out Manipur for 88 as Kalpana’s unbeaten 19 was the lone survivor in what was a complete batting collapse.
Railways vs Tamil Nadu- Railways won by 112 runs
In the highly anticipated Railways versus Tamil Nadu encounter at the CAP Ground 3, Tamil Nadu won the toss and elected to field first. Railways scored 248/6 in their 50 overs as Nuzhat Parween scored a blistering 105 with Dayalan Hemaltha’s 44 and Sneh Rana’s 39 coupled with Tanuja P Kanwe’s 23 to salvage an otherwise lukewarm batting effort.
In return, they skittled Tamil Nadu for 136 as M D Thirushkamini was dismissed early on and with G Kamalini’s 54 being the only bright spot, none of the other batters chipped in to chase down the total. Sneh Rana stood out with her three wickets for the Railways.
Assam vs Odisha- Assam won by 5 wickets
In the Assam vs Odisha match at the CAP Ground 2, Assam pulled off an unlikely and memorable win and they won the toss and elected to field first. Odisha batted first and posted 217/5 on the board with Tanmayee Behera’s 44, Pragyan P Mohanty’s 39 and eventually Sushree Dibyadarshini’s 54 and Sangeeta Khadia’s 39 ensuring the fighting total.
Assam in return had Gayatri Gurung score 68, with skipper Monikha Das’ 39, Uma Chetry’s 33 and Rashmi Dey’s 31 still falling short in chasing down the total. Due credit to Assam’s Sushree Dibyadarshini’s and Laxmipriya Naik’s 2 wickets coming to ensure this win.
Mizoram vs Tripura- Tripura won by 171 runs
In the battle between the supreme North-East teams, Mizoram and Tripura at the Barabati Stadium; an interesting match was witnessed. Tripura won the toss and elected to bat first. Scoring a competitive total of 237/4, it was M R Dey’s 57 that set the platform but R R Saha’s 90 off 94 was a counter-attacking knock that was delightful to see. Eventually, S H Chakraborty’s 28 and Heena Hotchandani’s 10 off 4 ensured the total on board.
For Mizoram, it was Rin Mawii, Tarang Jha and Mamta Rai who were among the wickets. In the second essay, Manipur was skittled for 66 in what was a disappointing batting outing. With only Felfel Pautu and Tarang Jha being the only ones scoring in double digits, the rest of the batting just collapsed as Tripura’s Reshma Nayak and P A Acharjee scalped four and three wickets respectively with the rest of the bowling ably supporting the massive victory.
Karnataka vs Vidarbha- Karnataka won by 89 runs
Karnataka kickstarted their campaign with a spectacular 89-run win versus Vidarbha at the KIIT Cricket Stadium. Vidarbha won the toss and elected to field first. Karnataka scored a commendable 250/7 as Roshni Kiran started the proceedings with a knock of 38, however, it was G Divya’s run-a-ball knock of 137 and a late 35 of Pushpa K that ensured the total was posted.
Vidarbha in return had their own challenges while chasing as they were dismissed for 161 with skipper Disha Kasat’s 45 and L M Inamdar’s 61 the only positives as they settled to an 89-run loss.
Bihar vs Jharkhand- Jharkhand won by 57 runs
In the Bihar vs Jharkhand match at the MGM School of Sports, it was Jharkhand who emerged victorious who won the toss and elected to bat first. Scoring a total of 220/9 in their first essay, Indrani Roy’s 77, Megha’s 35 and Niharika’s 30 was imperative. Rachna Singh and Pragati Singh stood out with their two wickets each.
In return, Bihar fell short by 57 runs as Vishalakshi’s 54, skipper Apurva Kumari’s 21 and Shruti’s 24 were not enough with the rest of the batting not coming to the party.
Gujarat vs Pondicherry- Gujarat won by 4 wickets
In what stood out as a thriller of an encounter, Gujarat pulled off a remarkable 4-wicket victory versus Pondicherry at the Ravenshaw University Ground 1. Gujarat won the toss and elected to field first. Skittling Pondicerry for 182 with only Yuvasshri standing out with a knock of 88, it was an otherwise forgettable batting effort.
Gujarat had a commendable bowling effort and to back it, they chased down the total in a tantalising run chase in 47 overs as Achsah S Parmar’s 34, Bhavana Goplani’s 30, Sanchita S Changlani’s 48 with Stuti Kani’s 13 paved the way for a famous Gujarat win.
Goa vs Meghalaya- Goa won by 300 runs
In the match at the Sports Hub International Cricket Stadium, Meghalaya won the toss and decided to field first. Goa in the first essay plundered the bowling attack amassing 364/3 in their 50 overs quota scoring at the run rate of 7.28. It was skipper Shikha Pandey’s remarkable 154 off 85 and opener Shrey’s knock of 139 with a crucial 40 coming from Vinavi Gurav that ensured a score this mammoth on the board.
In reply, Goa bowled Meghalaya out for 64 as Shikha Pandey secured three wickets with Tarannum Pathan, Sunanda and Gawde Diksha scalping two wickets apiece to hand Meghalaya a massive 300-run loss.
Haryana vs Maharashtra- Maharashtra won by 105 runs
At the St Xavier’s KCA Cricket Ground, we witnessed Haryana take on Maharashtra where the latter won the toss and elected to bat first. Posting a total of 263/7, skipper Devika Vaidya’s 33 set the tone and with Ishwari Savkar’s 44, T S Hasabnis’ 100 with A A Patil 35, they ended up with a commendable total on the board.
Haryana in return slipped to a 105-run loss as barring Tanishka Sharma and Sheetal Rana’s scores of 27 and Tanisha Ohlan’s 45, no other batter delivered and they succumbed to a defeat.
Jammu and Kashmir vs Rajasthan- Rajasthan won by 38 runs
In the well-contested Jammu and Kashmir vs Rajasthan encounter at KCA Cricket Ground in Mangalapuram- Rajasthan registered a win by 38 runs and they elected to bat first on winning the toss.
Mounting a total of 222 all out in their 50 overs quota, S L Meena’s 46 and B N Meena’s 48 with K P Choudhary’s run a ball 30 ensured a fighting total on board. Restricting J&K to 184/8 even as Chitra Singh Jamwal stood out with a brilliant 100 and A N Tomar with 53, was not enough and Rajasthan had Archana Yogi scalp 3 wickets with perfect support from her counterparts.
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Arunachal Pradesh vs Mumbai- Mumbai won by 388 runs
Mumbai was clinical in their routing of Arunachal Pradesh and it was a sight to behold. At the Airforce Complex Ground, Palam II, Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first. Mumbai scored an unbelievable 419/4 on the board as they scored at 8.38. Sanika Chalke and Riya Chaudhari gave the perfect start with their sublime knocks of 59 and 96 respectively.
Eventually, Vrushali Bhagat’s 102 and Sayali Satghare’s 100 ensured Mumbai piled on the Arunachal Pradesh bowlers who were dispatched all around the park. In return, Mumbai comfortably bowled out Arunachal Pradesh for 31 as P Naik with her 5 wickets and Saima Thakor with her 3 wickets ensured there was no comeback possible for the opposition.
Chhattisgarh vs Uttarakhand- Uttarakhand won by 94 runs
In a match sealed by Uttarakhand, as they won by a whopping 94 runs, Chhattisgarh did put up a commendable fight at the Jamia Milia Islamia ground. chhattisgarh won the toss and elected to field. Uttarakhand scored 262/9 as Punam Raut carrying on her purple patch scored 79 with brilliant knocks of 39 and 72 from Sarika Koli ensuring a total of this stature and with Mansi Joshi’s 22, they ended up with more than a fighting total.
Eventually, they restricted Chhatisgarh to 168/8 even though Srishti Sharma scored 53, and Priyanka Malik scored 45 but the rest of the batting collapsed which did not work well in their favour. Skipper of Uttarakhand, Ekta Bisht scalped 4 wickets and was the leader of the pack causing much of the damage.
Bengal vs Hyderabad- Hyderabad won by 24 runs
Another close thriller at the Senior Women’s One Day Trophy at the St. Stephen’s Ground witnessed Hyderabad pull off a remarkable 24-run victory. Bengal won the toss and elected to field first. Hyderabad piled on 225/9 in the first essay as G Trisha scored 31, Pranavi Chandra however stood out and top scored with 88.
With Mamatha and Vellore Mahesh Kavya scoring 21 and 29 respectively, it was a commendable performance with the bat. Bengal in return slipped to a 24-run loss as even though Sasti Mondal and Kashish Agarwal scored 23 and 62, it was not enough and with the rest of the batting crumbling, due credit to the Hyderabad bowling as Gouher Sultana, Bhogi Shravani stood out with two wickets each to ensure this win was sealed.
Himachal Pradesh vs Nagaland- Himachal Pradesh won by 10 wickets
In what was an easy 10-wicket win for Himachal Pradesh at the JSCA Oval Ground, Nagaland was handed a massive and debilitating loss. Himachal Pradesh won the toss and elected to field first at the JSCA Oval Ground.
Reducing Nagaland to a total of 78 as Himachal Pradesh had the bowling supremacy of Prachi P Chauhan, and Yamuna V Rana with three and two wickets apiece destroying Nagaland’s back while batting. Himachal Pradesh then chased down the total in 11.3 overs courtesy of Monika P Devi’s 52 and Neena M Chaudhary’s 23.
Kerala vs Baroda- Kerala won by 216 runs
Kerala had the most memorable start to their campaign registering a mammoth 216-run win vs a listless Baroda at the MECON stadium. Opting to field first, Baroda was unable to seize the might of the Kerela batting that blasted to a score of 284/7. Sajana S scored 100 with Arundathi Reddy’s 73 and other knocks ensuring a total of this stature.
In return, Baroda was shot out for 68 as none of the batters barring Tanvir Shaikh and N Y Patel were able to lodge in double-figure digits. For Kerala, it was Arundathi Reddym Mrudhula V S and Vinaya who were supreme with the ball.
Andhra Pradesh vs Sikkim- Andhra won by 245 runs
Andhra Pradesh displayed their might in full vigour as they handed Sikkim a beating of 245 runs at the JSCA Internation Stadium Complex. Andhra won the toss and decided to bat first and mounted 327 runs on the board. M Durga and V Sneha Deepthi were belligerent with their knocks, especially the latter who scored a glittery 173 off 134.
Then with N Anusha joining the party, Andhra ended up with 327/4 on the board. Then they returned to dismiss the hapless Sikkim for 82 as Saranya Gadwal, G Chandra Lakeha, and B Ansuha stood out with two wickets each in what was a comprehensive bowling effort.
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In today’s passage of play, Sneha Deepthi’s knock of 173 stole all the limelight as she was prolific and looked in complete control. Shikha Pandey once again reminded her detractors of why she is such a crucial cog in any set-up as she notched up a brilliant 154 at an attacking strike rate of 181.
With Shrey, G Divya and Poonam Khemnar making a mark with their knocks of 139, 137 and 117 respectively, it was a memorable day for the batters.
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P Naik with her five wickets was dominant and her average and economy speak for themselves. Dhara Gujjar was another pick of the day with five wickets and a brilliant strike rate.
With Reshma Nayak, Ekta Bisht and N Chavda scalping 4 wickets, it rounded up a memorable day for the bowlers as well drawing curtains on an exciting Day 1 of the Senior Women’s One Day Trophy.