Simran Dil Bahadur scored an unbeaten 42 and Vrushali Bhagat scored 40 and helped India Blue to win the second game of Under-23 One Day Challenger trophy.
Like the first game, India Blue were looking for a steady start and their openers Simran and Shafali Verma added 41 runs in 7.1 overs before Verma’s dismissal for 37 off 20. Another opener Simran departed in the 19th over after scoring 18. In-form Nuzhat Parween failed to score big and was next to fall for 12.
Middle-order were not able to steady the ship as Devika Vaidya and Tanusree sarkar fell for 19 and 10 respectively and they were reduced to 106-5 after 32nd over. However, a late 62-run partnership between Simran Dil Bahadur and Vrushali Bhagat helped them to win the game within 47.4 overs. Radha Yadav picked up 3 wickets while Sushree Dibyadarshini, Rashi Kanojiya and Akshaya bagged 1 each for India Green.
Earlier in the game, India Green won the toss and chose to bat first. They had a slow start as they added 42 runs in the first 15 overs before YH Bhatia’s dismissal for 25. Later, a 33-run between Priya Punia and AD Garg took them to 98 in 32.4 overs.
However, Shivali Shinde scored a 55-ball 39 and a late 41 off 31 from S Anusha took them to 185 after 50 overs with the loss of 6 wickets. Tanuja Kanwer and Tanusree Sarkar bagged 2 wickets each while Minnu Mani and Devika Vaidya took 1 each for India Blue. With this win, India Blue reached the final of the tournament.
India Blue 186/6 (S Bahadur 42, R Yadav 3/38) beat India Green 185/6 (P Punia 48, T Sarkar 2/29) by 4 wickets.