India internationals Yastika Bhatia and Renuka Singh were the top performers with bat and ball respectively as India D defeated India A in the final at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur to win the Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy.
Renuka Singh returned with figures of 3/24 with the ball as India A were restricted to 144/5 in 20 overs. Yastika Bhatia top scored with an unbeaten 80 in the run-chase after fellow opener Jasia Akhter scored a quick-fire 47 as India D chased down the target (148/3) with an over to spare and seven wickets in hand.
Opting to field first, Sneh Rana-led India D saw Renuka Singh provide a strong start with two wickets in the powerplay. India A recovered thanks to half centuries from Nuzhat Parween and Harleen Deol, the latter continuing her good form in the domestic season.
The chase saw India D post 62 runs in the first 10 overs with Akhter doing the bulk of the scoring at that point. But Bhatia went from 21 off 27 to finish on 80* off 56 balls to see her side home. The left-hander from Baroda, who recently found herself out of the T20I side for India, had scored an unbeaten 99* earlier in the tournament.
India will be playing world champions Australia in a five-match home series in December.
Here’s a look at the top performers from the T20 tournament that pitted four sides against each other:
Top 10 run-scorers
|Y H Bhatia||IND-D||4||203||3||99*||203.00||134.43||2|
|Harleen B Deol||IND-A||4||124||1||61||41.33||133.33||2|
|S S Shinde||IND-A||4||91||-||42||22.75||108.33||0|
|1||Renuka K Singh||IND-D||3||8||9.37||6.25||9.00|
|4||Sahana S Pawar||IND-A||4||5||15.40||5.50||16.80|
|7||S R Patil||IND-A||2||3||19.33||8.28||14.00|
|11||K Anjali Sarvani||IND-A||4||3||25.66||5.50||28.00|