Fulmali's half century, Raj's miss headline Day 3 of the Women's Senior T20 Trophy 2019-20

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Bharti Fulmali, Vidarbha’s captain was the sole player across teams to cross the fifty-run mark on Day 3 of the Women’s Senior T20 Trophy, 2019-20. Her effort helped the team defeat Rajasthan by 63 runs in their Group B fixture.

Batting first, Vidarbha posted 133, thanks to Fulmali, who carried her bat for a 40-ball 62. In reply, Rajasthan could only reach 70 with five wickets down and none of their batters going past the 18-run mark. Vaishnavi Khandkar finished with four wickets, giving away just 14 runs in the process.

In another Group B clash, it was redemption time for Sikkim, who were bundled out for 21 in their first match. Their bowlers, led by two wickets apiece by Shubhi Pandey and Sristi Rai, restricted Jammu and Kashmir for 86 with seven wickets down in their 20 overs. Sikkim chased the target down, with captain Ananya Upendran top-scoring with a 35-ball 29.

Meanwhile, Mithali Raj’s 45 off just 38 balls helped Railways post 125. That score proved too much for Odisha, who finished with five for 62 in their 20 overs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the left-arm spinner finished with a very economical figure, picking up two wickets and giving away just two runs in three overs.

Brief Scores:

Group B (Nagpur)

Vidarbha 133/5 in 20 overs (Bharti Fulmali 62*; Ayushi Garg 2/21) beat Rajasthan 70/5 in 20 overs (Vaishnavi Khandkar 4/14) by 63 runs.

J&K 86/7 in 20 overs (Rubia Sheikh 27*; Shristi Rai 2/8, Shubhi Pandey 2/14) lost to Sikkim 87/5 in 19.1 overs (Ananya Upendran 29; Nadia Mohammed 1/7, Rubia Sheikh 1/20) by five wickets.

Railways 125/3 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 45; Banalata Mallick 2/17) beat Odisha 62/5 in 20 overs (Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/2) by 63 runs.