Kanpur: Opener Shobha Devi and middle-order Anjali Singh’s fine knocks of 60-odd runs each helped UP beat Chandigarh by 16 runs in their third Elite Group-C match of senior women’s one-day cricket (ODI) tournament being played at Jaipur on Tuesday. With this win, UP has 8 points from three matches.
UP, after deciding to bat first at KL Saini Stadium, posted 219 for 7 in 50 overs. Shoba Devi, Anjali Singh and Ekta were the main scorers and contributed 60, 37 and 60 runs, respectively. Though Shobha Devi and Ekta gave a moderate start scoring 50 runs for the opening wicket, the best 78-run partnership was executed by Shobha Devi and Anjali Singh for the fifth wicket.
Shobha faced 76 balls and plundered 7 boundaries while Anjali Singh played 87 balls and hit 5 boundaries. Both fell to Captain Amanjot Kaur. Anjali was bowled on the last ball of the innings. Amanjot Kaur emerged as a successful bowler claiming 3 wickets.
Chandigarh in reply lost top three batswomen cheaply when score was 38 runs. Rajni Dev and Shivangi stem the rot scoring 66 runs for the fourth wicket. Their union broke when Rajni Devi was adjudged run out on the direct throw of Anju Rani. She scored 36 runs hitting 6 boundaries in 64 balls.
Shivangi and Kashvee Gautam thereafter gave more strength adding 81 runs for the sixth wicket. Their union posed a threat to UP but Anjali Singh claimed Kashvee for 60. Remaining batswomen could not rise to the occasion and Chandigarh missed the target by 16 runs.
During the innings, Chandigarh batswoman Manisha Badhan retired hurt on an individual score of 16.
UP: 219 for 7 (Ekta 37, Shobha Devi 60, Muskan Malik 12, Shipra Giri 19, Anjali Singh 62, Nishu Chaudhary 19, P Guleria 1 for 31, Amanjot Kaur 3 for 61, Rajni Devi 2 for 19, Manisha Badhan 1 for 11)
Chandigarh: 203 for 9 (Divya Sharma 13, Amanjot Kaur 14, Rajni Devi 36, Manisha Badhan 16 retd. Shivangi 51, Kashvee Gautam 60, Anju Rani 1 for 41, Kajal 1 for 34, Rashi Kanojiya 1 for 30, Anjali Singh 2 for 31, Tanu Kala 2 for 56, Ekta 1 for 10)