MITHALI RAJ BELTS UNBEATEN DOUBLE TON
India and Railways skipper Mithali Raj belted an unbeaten double ton to put
Indian Railways in a
strong position on the first day of the Two Day Semi Finals of the Senior
National women's cricket
Tournament at the RDT Stadium, Anantapur.
Indian Railways won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Sulakshana Naik and
gave Railways a sound start puttin on 69 runs off 21 overs before Paranjpe (
26, 4 fours) was
smartly stumped by Karuna Jain off the bowling of leg spinner Deepika Babu.
In walked Mithali Raj
and completely dominated the Karnataka bowling scoring 210 not out off 213
balls. She scored 29
Sulakshana Naik played the supporting role and helped herself to a 118 off
156 balls with the help
of 13 fours and a six over mid wicket. She was lucky to have survived an
easy stumping, a caught
behind and a simple caught and bowled chance. She added 180 runs with
Mithali before being
dismissed LBW by off spinner Sunitha Vasudevan.
With Rumeli Dhar contributing 71 in a fourth wicket partnership of 146
Railways speeded up the
scoring rate and ended the day at 436 for 5 off the allotted 90 overs.
Karnataka bowlers toiled hard and the fielders displayed enthusiasm and
energy till the very last
over. Sunitha Vasudevan picked two for 109, Deepika Babu 2 for 132 and the
unlucky Vilasini had
to be content with just 1 for 97.
Karnataka will bat tommorow.
© Irfan Sait
Indian Railways with ten India Players in their eleven beat
Karnataka in the semi finals of the
Senior Women's Nationals by virtue of the first innings lead.
Karnataka chasing a huge 434 were shot out for a paltry 60 in the first
innings. Following on -
Karnataka fought hard to avoid an innings defeat ending the day at 106 for
6. Karuna Jain with 24
and 45 was the top scorer in both innings. For Indian Railways- Preeti Dimri,
Neetu David, Amita
Sharma and Nooshin were the wicket takers. Railways now meet Maharashtra in