Madhya Pradesh, Uttarkhand qualify for semi-final of U19 One Day Trophy

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An unbeaten half-century of Uttarakhand’s Neelam and clinical bowling performance from Madhya Pradesh helped their respective teams qualify for the semi-final of the Under-19 One Day Tournament.

In the first match, Madhya Pradesh lost their skipper Anushka Sharma early. Naini Rajput and Kalyani Jadav built a partnership, adding 77 runs for the second wicket. Despite losing Jadhav and Ananya Dubey in quick succession, Soumya Tiwari kept the innings going with Rajput.

Tiwari scored 37 runs from 50 balls, while Rajput got out to Nirmiti Rane for 48 runs from 131 balls. They finished with 169 for five in 50 overs.

Tiwari continued her good performance with the ball, taking early wickets. Sharma ran through the middle order, with Mitali Harshad Mhatre holding one end. She scored 27 runs from 86 balls before getting out to Sanskriti Gupta. They were all out for 95 in 35.5 overs. 

Meanwhile, Uttarkhand bowler Minakshi got them off to a good start with the ball, getting rid of Krishma and Shruti Yadav early. The middle-order kept the innings for Punjab. Khushi Chahal scored 20 runs from 55 balls, Pragati Singh made 23 runs from 65 balls before Sakshi dismissed both of them.

Punjab scrapped their way to 127 for nine in 50 overs. Sakshi took three wickets for 23 runs in her ten overs.

With the semi-final spot on the line, Uttarkhand lost their top-order, and they were reduced to 19 for three. Neelam held the fort at one end, watching Nandhini Kashyap and Gaytri at the other end. 

Laxmi Basera and Neelam struck a partnership and took the team across the line in 43.2 overs. The latter finished with an unbeaten 79 runs from 127 balls.

Brief Scores:

Madhya Pradesh 169/5 in 50 overs (Naini Rajput 48; Hurley Gala 2/31) beat Mumbai 95 all out in 35.5 overs (Mitali Harshad Mhatre 27; Soumya Tiwari 3/15) by 74 runs.

Punjab 127/9 in 50 overs (Pragati Singh 23; Hurley Gala 2/31) lost to Uttarakhand 128/5 in 43.2 overs (Neelam 79; Muskan Sogi 2/14) by five wickets.