KiNi RR sneak home in a thriller; Jemimah Rodrigues continues her good form on day 2 of Falcons T20 Tournament

KiNi RR defeated Sheen in the Falcon Golden Jubilee T20 Tournament © Women's CricZone/Gomesh S

KiNi RR sneaked home against Herons in a thriller in the third match of the Falcon Sports Club Golden Jubilee T20 Tournament at the Samprasiddhi Sports Estadio in Bangalore on Tuesday (January 5).

Put into bat, KiNi RR’s innings started with a run out with opener Roshni Kiran getting out for a duck in the second over. For the second wicket, Vanitha VR and Punam Raut added 64 runs with Vanitha scoring the bulk of the runs during her knock of 48 runs from 35 balls. She smashed five fours and three sixes during her stay at the crease.

Minnu Mani provided Herons with a breakthrough when she castled Vanitha in the 11th over. KiNi RR’s innings suffered a mini collapse where they lost three wickets for just nine runs to be reduced to 87 for 5 in 14.4 overs.

However, useful cameos from Arundhati Reddy (19) and Radha Yadav (15) took them to 130 for 9 in their 20 overs.

For Herons, Mani was the most successful bowler with four wickets to her name, while skipper Divya Gnanananda took three wickets.

In reply, Herons lost Gnanananda to Reddy in the first over for just two runs. Shubha Sathish and Ayushi Soni struggled to get a move on and could score only 24 runs from the power play.

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Once Rameshwari Gayakwad dismissed Sathish, Herons lost two more wickets with only 57 runs on the board. Soni and Mani added 38 runs for the fifth wicket in quick time to take the score to 95 at the end of the 16th over.

Reddy brought KiNi RR back to the game with twin strikes removing both the set batters in the same over giving away only a solitary run. Aditi Rajesh kept Herons in the hunt with a few lusty blows but couldn’t get them over the line as they felt agonising close of KiNi RR’s score by one run. Rajesh remained not out on 23 off 15 balls as Anagha Murali became the last wicket to fall.

Reddy finished with figures of 3 for 22 from her four overs, while three other bowlers took one wicket each.

In the second match, Rodrigues continued her good form after the bowlers restricted Ameya to a moderate score of 102 to help Sheen register their second win from the tournament.

Opting to bat first, MD Thirushkamini started aggressively for the Ameya side even as she lost her partner Prerana G R for just six to Niranjana Nagarajan. Thirushkamini and Nikki Prasad took the score to 43 before Rajeshwari Gayakwad struck twice to remove Prasad and the dangerous Veda Krishnamurthy in consecutive deliveries.

Soon Ameya’s score became 51/4 as they lost Thirushkamini to Simren Henry for 26. From there they kept losing wickets at regular intervals even as Mona Meshram played a few shots at one end. Sheen’s skipper Rakshitha Krishnappa took three wickets including that of top-scorer Meshram to skittle Ameya out for just 102 in 19.1 overs.

For Sheen, Krishnappa was the most successful bowler with figures of 3 for 15 from her four overs, while Rajeshwari took two wickets.

In the chase, Rodrigues got out of the blocks quickly smashing couple of boundaries in the opening over bowled by Anuja Patil. Vrinda Dinesh played the second fiddle as the India international went for her shots from the other end. Sheen’s score read 36 for 0 at the end of the power play.

Ameya bowlers failed to make any impact as the Sheen opening pair eased their way through the chase. By the time Akanksha Kohli trapped Rodrigues in front of the wicket for 48, Sheen were well on their way to overhauling Ameya’s target.

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Even though Dinesh fell just before the finishing, skipper Krishnappa completed the proceedings in style with a six in the last ball of the 19th over.

Brief Scores:

KiNi RR 130/9 in 20 overs (Vanitha VR 48, Punam Raut; Minnu Mani 4/18, Divya Gnanananda 3/27) beat Herons 129/10 in 20 overs (Ayushi Soni 47, Aditi Rajesh 23*; Arundhati Reddy 3/22) by one run. POTM: Minnu Mani

Ameya 102/10 in 19.1 overs (Mona Meshram 28, MD Thirushkamini 26; Rakshitha Krishnappa 3/15) beat Sheen 103/1 in 19 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues 48, Vrinda Dinesh ; Akanksha Kohli 1/17) by eight wickets. POTM: Jemimah Rodrigues