Srinagar: The unstoppable looking J&K senior women’s cricket team on Wednesday registered their fifth straight win as they beat Manipur by nine wickets in their fifth match of the ongoing senior women’s one day trophy tournament at JU Second Campus, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
With this win J&K has also booked its place in the knockout stage of the tournament with one group match yet to be played. The knockout stage is scheduled to be played in Bangalore.
Earlier, winning the toss and batting first, Manipur batters failed to negotiate the brilliant bowling stuff of J&K medium pace duo of left-arm seamer Sarla Devi and right-arm speedster Bismah Hassan. Then it was Sandhya all the way, who ripped through the rival batting line-up.
Manipur managed to score a paltry total of 75 runs in 27.2 overs. Brahmacharimayum Devi top scored with 21 runs off 43 balls, while Singam Devi contributed eight off nine balls with two boundaries.
For J&K, Sandhya Sayal was the wrecker-in-chief, who took six wickets while Bismah Hassan and Sarla Devi bagged two wickets each.
In reply, J&K sailed on superb batting display by Rubia Syed and Rudrakshi Chib and surpassed the target in 20.3 overs, losing one wicket in the process, thus winning the match by nine wickets.
Rubia played a magnificent power-packed innings of unbeaten 40 runs off 34 balls, while Rudrakshi contributed unbeaten 17 runs off 56 balls . Sarla was the only batter to be dismissed for 12 runs off 33 balls. For Manipur, Chingkhei M was the only successful bowler who took the lone wicket to fall.
J&K will face Meghalaya in their next outing on November 4 at 22 Yards, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
Meanwhile, JKCA Member-Administration, Brig Anil Gupta, Member Cricket Operations and Development, Mithun Manhas and Member Legal Affairs, Sunil Sethi have congratulated the J&K team for this brilliant win and wished it best of luck for the rest of the matches in the tournament.