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Simran’s 52 went in vain as India Blue convincingly won over India Red team and grab 4 points in the first match of BCCI U-19 T20 Challenger Trophy (2018-19) at ACA Women’s Academy, Guntur.

India Red won the toss and elected to bat first. Muskan Malik, along with Richa put on a 35 runs stand for the first wicket before they both got dismissed at 32. Simran played a steady knock of 52* off 31 balls. Along with her, SM Singh scored 15 off 14 and Manpreet Kaur scored 21 off 18 and they put up 122 at the end of the 20 overs.

SL Meena, E Padmaja and Mouli Mondal took 1 wicket each for India Red.

Chasing 123, India Red openers Ankita Chakraborty and LM Inamdar added 38 runs for the first wicket. Middle order batters Shobha Devi and E Padmaja started to resurrect the innings and both added 53 runs before E Padmaja got dismissed by Richa in the 18th over. Shobha Devi soon followed her after scoring 21.

Hrutvisha and Gayatri Gurung did the rest of the job and India Blue ended up winning the match with 1 ball to spare. K Dhatri and Manpreet Kaur bagged one wicket each for India Red.

India Blue will face India Green tomorrow whereas India Red will play against India Green on November 14.