Odisha trump Mizoram, qualify for quarterfinal clash against Railways
Odisha cricket team. © Achyuta Samanta Facebook
Comprehensive bowling performance and a scintillating half-century from Madhuri Meheta helped Odisha qualify for the Quarterfinal of the Senior One Day Trophy with a six-wicket win against Mizoram on Sunday(March 28). They will face Railways in the quarterfinal on Monday(March 29).
Chasing above three runs an over, Odhisha got off to a horror start as they lost their opener Sarita Meher early. Joined by skipper Madhusmita Behera, Meheta tried to build a partnership.
However, MP Singson dismissed the former for 11 runs from 33 balls. Anjali singh also did not last long as she got out to Puipuii for an 18-ball 11.
While Meheta kept the chase going at one end, Sushree Dibyadarshini walked in at number five. Together, they added 56 runs before the former got to Apurwa Bhardwaj. Meheta fell ten runs short of a match-winning century.
Dibyadarshini remained unbeaten till the end and took the team across the line in 33.5 overs. She made 29 runs from 48 balls as Odisha won by six wickets.
Earlier, put in to bat by Odisha, Prajakta S and Omomi provide a decent start for Mizoram. They added 28 runs before Sujata Malik removed Omomi. She followed it up with the wicket of Zuali in her next over.
Though Prajakta and Julie tried to keep the innings going, Odisha bowlers kept pegging away with wickets. They were reduced to 130 for seven at one point.
Buley Ruchita, who batted at number five, played a fighting knock to take them past the 150-run mark. She made 44 runs from 66 balls before getting out to Rasanara Parwin.
Mizoram scrapped their way to 150 for nine after 50 overs. Malik and Parwin were the picks of the bowlers taking two wickets each.
Mizoram 150/9 in 50 overs (Buley Ruchita 44; Rasanara Parwin 2/19) lost to Odisha 157/4 in 33.5 overs (Madhuri Meheta 90; MP Singson 1/18) by six wickets.