On October 19, the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy 2023–24 got underway. 37 teams are participating in the competition’s 15th edition, split into 5 groups. November 7 is the date of the semi-finals, while November 9 in Raipur is the date of the crucial final.
This Senior T20 season is very important for the players to show off their skills and secure a spot in the elite events ahead of the T20 World Cup and the WPL next year. All other Indian internationals participating in the event this year are Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, who will be playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL.
India’s elite batters, including Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues, were noticeable on the first day.
Let’s have a look at how Day 1 concluded:
Railways v Tripura – No Result
Railways, the reigning champion, and Tripura drew deadlocked to begin their campaign. The match ended with Tripura’s score of 33/1 after 7 overs because of rain.
Assam v Haryana – Haryana won by 3 wickets
India’s backup wicketkeeper Uma Chetry and their explosive opener Shafali Verma were leading their respective teams in the match between Assam and Haryana. Assam only managed to score 113/8 after opting to bat first. Haryana won by three wickets thanks to Shafali Verma’s 3/19 and 44 off 17 all-around effort.
Jharkhand v Sikkim – Jharkhand won by 86 runs
This season, after two unsatisfactory seasons with minimal opportunity in the Railways, Indrani Roy returned to the Jharkhand team. After scoring 119/8 in the opening inning, Jharkhand shut off Sikkim for just 33 runs in the field. Ashwani Kumar, a pace all-rounder, was the best bowler with her 3/4.
Bihar v Punjab – Punjab won by 9 wickets
Taniya Bhatia, the captain of Punjab, scored a scorching 71 off 43 to lead his team to a decisive 9-wicket victory over Bihar in the match. Kanika Ahuja, an all-rounder for RCB and India, also took three wickets off Punjab.
Chandigarh v Karnataka – Karnataka won by 8 wickets
Karnataka’s talented top-order batsman Vrinda Dinesh made waves against Chandigarh. She and her captain, Veda Krishnamurthy, hit an unbeaten 53 off 40 during the 114-run chase. With eight wickets remaining, Karnataka was able to reach their target.
Pondicherry v Meghalaya – Pondicherry won by 77 runs
With a great partnership of 68 between Asha S (26 off 21) and E Kavisha (74 off 51), Pondicherry’s openers lifted the total to 150/4. Meghalaya failed to muster any fight and was 77 runs short of the total. Meghalaya’s batters were ensnared by RCB leggie Asha S, who scalped 4 for 16.
Saurashtra v Uttar Pradesh – Saurashtra won by 6 wickets
Saurashtra defeated Uttar Pradesh by 6 wickets thanks to the contributions of captain Jayu Jadeja (43 off 41) and N Chavda (3/24). The match was low-scoring.
Bengal v Tamil Nadu – Bengal won by 7 wickets
The match between Bengal and Tamil Nadu was the most anticipated in Group B. Tamil Nadu chose to bat first after winning the toss and amassed a respectable total of 123/6. With a knock of 55, veteran speed all-rounder Niranjana Nagarajan led TN’s batting effort.
Deepti Sharma and Titas Sadhu, both Indian internationals, both claimed one wicket, but Saika Ishaque claimed two. Dhara Gujjar contributed a crucial knock of 41 off 32 to secure Bengal’s 7-wicket victory in the chase.
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Manipur v Uttarakhand – Uttarakhand won by 67 runs
With players like Ekta Bisht, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, and attacking batter Jasia Akhter among their ranks, Uttarakhand is a side to keep an eye on. But Uttarakhand could only muster 131 for 9 against Manipur. Captain Ekta Bisht scored a quick 30 off just 19 balls. However, it was an uphill battle for a team lacking experience like Manipur, who were bowled out in just 64 runs. With a 4/17 average, Prema was the most effective bowler, while Ekta claimed 2 wickets.
Baroda v Mizoram – Baroda won by 10 wickets
Baroda defeated Mizoram by a commanding 10-wicket margin. Baroda’s Yastika Bhatia got 29* off 22 while Hani Patel finished with 3/3.
Mumbai v Vidarbha – Mumbai won by 10 runs
Mumbai captain Jemimah Rodrigues (45 off 35) and Humaira Kazi (54 off 35) contributed to the team’s impressive 147/5 total while batting first. However, Vidarbha skipper Disha Kasat had different ideas and took the lead in the chase after hitting 74 off 58. In the end, Vidarbha was defeated by 10 runs.
Delhi v Maharashtra – Delhi won by 5 runs
The battle of the giants in the domestic league is between Delhi and Maharashtra. Shweta Sehrawat, the hero of the under-19 World Cup, contributed significantly to Delhi’s 127/4 score in this low-scoring match with a knock of 48 off 44. Devika Vaidya’s 2/18 shut out the Delhi bats.
Smriti Mandhana, the captain of Maharashtra, had a big task in the pursuit after choosing to participate in the domestic league rather than the WBBL. However, Mandhana was caught LBW for a duck by Delhi pacer Soni Yadav. MR Magre (37* off 33) and seasoned batsman Anuja Patil (39 off 35) shared a partnership of 56 at the end of the innings. However, they were unable to send Maharashtra home, as Delhi beat them by a margin of 5 runs.
Goa v Himachal Pradesh – Himachal Pradesh won by 26 runs
Following the 20 overs limit, India international Harleen Deol led the Himachal Pradesh side from the front with her 48 off 39, taking the total to 144/5. The Goa hitters made mistakes throughout the chase, completing their inning at a mere 118/9.
Kerala v Rajasthan – Kerela won by 8 wickets
Kerala chose to bowl first and cut Rajasthan to 89/7. With a 50-run partnership between Captain Minnu Mani (25 off 28) and Drishya IV (39* off 42), Rajasthan was defeated by 8 wickets. This season, Arundhati Reddy joined the Kerala team following a lengthy tenure with Railways. She was Kerala’s most economical bowler in this match, with one wicket.
Arunachal Pradesh v Jammu & Kashmir – Jammu & Kashmir won by 8 wickets
Rubia Syed, a fast bowler, was the star of J & K’s eight-wicket triumph over Arunachal Pradesh. She took three wickets from AP and held them to only 73/5.
Andhra Pradesh v Hyderabad – Andhra Pradesh won by 4 wickets
Hyderabad batted first and amassed a respectable 132/4. Thanks to Trisha Poojitha’s explosive knock of 42* off just 27 and Gongadi Trisha’s 47 off 46. Andhra responded by chasing Bhogi Sharavani’s 4/32 with a six in the final delivery, but it was insufficient to contain them. Andhra won 4 wickets thanks to Captain Sneha Deepthi’s 39 off 24 and Hima Bindu’s 39 off 40.
Madhya Pradesh v Odisha – Madhya Pradesh won by 6 wickets
MP comfortably chased down Odisha’s subpar total of 106/5 by 6 wickets with 26 deliveries remaining. With her 40 off 26, MP starter Poonam Khemnar stole the show in the pursuit.