Aishmine Kaur, Sakshi S Thakur shine as Punjab, Himachal, Karnataka register wins on day 1 of Under-19 One Day

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Aishmine Kaur scored an unbeaten century and Sakshi S Thakur took a five-wicket haul to headline Day 1 of the Under-19 One Day trophy as Indian domestic season 2021-22 got underway on Tuesday (September 28). In round one of the Elite Group E matches in Jaipur, century from Aishmine helped Punjab to a mammoth 257-run win against Mizoram, while Karnataka and Himachal registered seven-wicket wins against Odisha and Tripura respectively.

At the RCA Academy Ground, opting bat, Punjab got off to a bright start with Aishmine and skipper Krishna adding 50 runs in the first 11 overs. The later was the aggressor of the two as she brought up her fifty from 58 balls.

The opening duo added 101 runs for the first wicket before Hriati removed Krishna for 51. However, Aishmine kept going and eventually reached her fifty off 88 balls. Avneet Kaur at number three gave her ample support and they took the score to 187 in 35 overs. Pragati Singh, at number four, played an aggressive knock scoring 69 off 54 balls while Aishmine got to the three-figure mark from 126 balls. Contributions from all the four batters meant, Punjab amassed a total of 309 from the stipulated fifty overs with Aishmine remaining unbeaten on 120.

In reply, Mizoram were in trouble from early on as Akshita Bhagat struck twice to remove both the openers. From there, they struggled to put up any resistance and kept losing wickets in regular intervals. Mannat Kashyap and Priyanka took three wickets each to wreck the Mizoram batting and they were eventually bowled out for 52 in 40.3 overs.

At the K L Saini Stadium, Tripura opted to bat against Himachal and had a middling start losing two early wickets with the score reading 33 for two in 12.4 overs with Antara Das becoming Sakshi’s first wicket. After adding 21 more runs they lost opener Tanisha Das for 27 before Ambesha Das and Anamika Das took the score to 95.

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Once Sakshi struck to remove Anamika and Priya Sarkar in the same over, Tripura suffered a collapse losing last seven wickets for 24 runs. Mamita Deb was the eighth wicket to fall as she became Sakshi’s fifth wicket and they were bundled out for 119 in 41.3 overs.

For Himachal, Sakshi finished with figures of five for 30 while Shivali V Kumari and Shweta Suresh Jamwal picked up two wickets each.

In the moderate chase, although Himachal lost two early wickets, Devanshi R Verma played an aggressive cameo of 26 off 23 to take the score to 45 in the seventh over.

Post her dismissal, skipper Nancy A Sharma guided the chase home in the company of Anshika S Thakur adding an unbeaten 76 runs for the fourth wicket. Sharma remained unbeaten on 40 off 65 balls while Anshika scored 22 not out. Himachal won the match by seven wickets with almost 22 overs to spare.

In the third match of the day, Prerna G R and Niki Prasad shared an unbeaten 88-run partnership at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium to take Karnataka to a seven-wicket win after Odisha setting them a target of 176 runs.

Earlier, Odisha won the toss and opted to bat and were in trouble in the first half of the innings losing five wickets with only 87 runs on the board. From there, Tanmayee Behera and G M Alakananda helped them recover with a stand of 85 runs.

Behera eventually got out in the final over scoring 66 runs from 106 balls while Alakananda made 30. For Karnataka, skipper Chandasi K picked up three wickets while Mithila Vinod took two wickets for 35 runs.

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In the chase, Behera struck early to remove Karnataka opener Roshni Kiran for a solitary run and other opener Pooja D was run out for six. Pooja Kumar M helped Prerna to take the score to 89 in 27 overs before she was dismissed by Alipsa Biswal. Post her dismissal, Prerna and Prasad took Karnataka home with seven wickets to spare.

Brief Scores:

Punjab 309/2 in 50 overs (Aishmine Kaur 120*, Pragati Singh 69*) beat Mizoram 52/10 in 40.3 overs (Mannat Kashyap 3/5, Priyanka 3/7) by 207 runs

Tripura 119/10 in 41.3 overs (Ambesha Das 30, Tanisha Das 27; Sakshi S Thakur 5/30, Shivali V Kumari 2/16) lost to Himachal 121/3 in 28.2 overs (Nancy A Sharma 40, Devanshi R Verma 26) by seven wickets

Odisha 175/8 in 50 overs (Tanmayee Behera 66, G M Alakananda 30; Chandasi K 3/36, Mithila Vinod 2/25) lost to Karnataka 177/3 in 42.5 overs (Prerna G R 60*, Niki Prasad 41*) by seven wickets