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Senior Women’s One Day Trophy 2024 Quarter Finals: Review – Highlights And Recap

The Quarter Finals of the Senior Women’s One Day Trophy 2024 lived up to its billing of being very interesting encounters. In the four quarterfinals, we witnessed Delhi square off against Vidarbha in a low-scoring affair, Uttarakhand locking horns with Tamil Nadu, new entrants Tripura play versus Maharashtra and Railways contesting Rajasthan in another low-scoring match.

Here’s how the matches unfolded in the Senior Women’s One Day Trophy 2024 Quarter Finals:

Quarter Final 1: Delhi versus Vidarbha- Delhi Won by 8 Wickets

In what was a bizarre day of cricket at the Infipro Sports Club Ground, Delhi comprehensively handed Vidarbha an eight-wicket routing. Delhi won the toss and opted to field first. Vidarbha had a rather forgettable outing with the bat getting skittled for 28 in 22.3 overs. Losing an initial flurry of wickets in the form of SW Dharne, Vaishnavi Khandkar and skipper Disha Kasat getting dismissed cheaply; they were already beginning to show signs of an early inning collapse.

With further wickets falling in Bharti Fulmai, L M Inamdar, and A S Bhongade; more than half of Vidarbha’s batting was back to the pavilion with a recovery seeming far from impossible. Even as Kanchan Nagwani held one end with a knock of 12, other wickets continued to fall. Delhi had a memorable outing with the ball with leggie Priya Mishra scalping four wickets, Madhu chipping in with three wickets, Parunika Sisodia with two wickets and Soni Yadav wrapping up the proceedings with one wicket.

Subsequently, Delhi in the run chase wrapped up the proceedings in 10.1 overs as Pratika’s 15 held the side from one end even as two wickets tumbled. Delhi made their headway to the semi-finals and are poised to play the defending champions, Railways.

Quarter Final 2: Uttarakhand vs Tamil Nadu- Uttarakhand Won by 106 Runs

Uttarkahand’s rise in women’s domestic cricket is not unknown and extending the exceptional vein of form, they handed heavyweight Tamil Nadu a massive 106-run loss at the Kotambi Stadium in Vadodara. Tamil Nadu won the toss and elected to field first.

Uttarakhand was off to a rocky start losing Punam Raut, Jasia Akhter and Raghvi early on but it was Sarika Koli’2 116 coupled with Ekta Bisht’s 43 with late exploits from Anjali Kathait, Prema and Preeti Bhandari that got them to a formidable 249 on the board. Tamil Nadu had Niranjana Nagarajan and S Anusha scalp three wickets each with S B Keerthana also pocketing two wickets.

In the run chase that followed, Tamil Nadu looked listless. Piling on dot balls coupled with early wickets, none of the batters got going with reputed ones like M D Thirushkamini, Nethra L, and S Anusha not being able to convert their starts. With A Eloksi and SB Keerthana stitching a crucial 55-run partnership, it still was insufficient as TN ended with 143/7 in their 50 overs falling way short of the target on board and handing Uttarakhand a free pass to the semi-finals.

Sarika Koli scored a memorable 100. [Image: Getty] Senior Women’s One Day Trophy 2024
Sarika Koli scored a memorable 100. [Image: Getty]

Quarter Final 3: Tripura versus Maharashtra- Maharashtra Won by 8 Wickets

Tripura’s dream run in the tournament came to an end as they slipped to an eight-wicket loss against Maharashtra at the Railway Ground at Vadodora. Tripura won the toss and opted to bat first. With a dismal batting effort, none of the batters really got going and barring SH Chakroborty’s 35; no other batter got past even 20 runs causing them to end on a below-par 112. For Maharashtra, it was S B Pokharkar’s 4 wickets coupled with U A Pawar and A A Patil that did the rest of the work in restricting Tripura.

Maharashtra made mincemeat of the run-chase as K N Mulla’s unbeaten 54 paved the way for a famous win and contributions from T S Hasabnis and M R Magre sealed the deal without much hassle. They will now play the competitive Uttarakhand in the semi-finals.

Quarter Final 4: Railways versus Rajasthan- Railways Won by 9 Wickets

In what was a low-scoring affair, Railways swept away the Rajasthan threat in a clinical fashion registering a nine-wicket win. Railways won the toss and elected to field first. Curtailing Rajasthan to 64, it was A D Gagr’s 28 with no other recognised double-digit score making it to the scoreboard in what was a textbook collapse. Railways had Renuka K Singh, Tanuja P Kanwer, Rajwshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav and the experienced Sneh Rana break the back of their batting with two wickets apiece in what was a comprehensive bowling performance.

Chasing a total of 65, it was S Meghana’s 34 and Nuzhat Parween’s 18 that guided them to victory and set up a semi-final clash against Delhi.

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