Vidarbha stand-in skipper Disha Kasat Â (126, 149b, 15×4, 2×6) slammed a brilliant unbeaten century as Vidarbha defeated Karnaaka byÂ Â four runs andÂ entered the knockout stage i Womenâ€™s Senior One-Day Trophy match at Chennai on Sunday.Â Earlier batting first Vidarbha scored a competitive total of Â 216 for 5 against table-toppers Karnataka.
Chasing a stiff target of 217 in their stipulated 50 overs, Karnakata were restricted 212 for 9.
In Vidarbha’s inningsÂ Disha gave a flying startÂ with a 40-run partnershipÂ for the opening wicket with newcomer Snehal Maniyar (16: 41b, 3×4).
Disha faced 149 balls — almost half of the innings total deliveries — and remained not out on 126. Â in the process hammered 15 boundaries and a couple of sixes to return with an impressive strike rate of 84.56.
She Â became the first Vidarbha woman cricketer to hit a Twenty20 century on February 27, 2019, when she scored Â 113 not out off 63 balls against Arunachal Pradesh at the VCA Civil Lines ground.
Disha and in form batswoman Bharti Fulmali were involved in 90 runs Â partnership for the third wicket. Bharti contributed useful 41 runs off 64 balls.
Hitting four boundaries and a six. Chasing a target Karnataka opener S Shubha waged a lone battle with her fighting knock of 85. However, Vaishnavi Khandkar ran Shubha out in the 48th over which helped Vidarhba close in on crucial win. Shubha (85: 120b, 8×4) and No. 3 batswoman G Divya (57: 81b, 6×4, 1×6) had put on 90 runs for the second wicket, putting lot of pressure on Vidarbha.
However, after the dismissal of Divya, Vidarbha bowlers bowled brilliantly and made a fine comeback in the match.
At the end of the 42nd over, Karnataka were 175 for the loss of 5 wickets with opener S Shubha batting on 75. They needed 42 off 8 overs with five wickets in hand.
Vidarbha managed to take another four wickets as Karnataka came under tremendous pressure. Karnataka were 206 for 9 and needed 11 Â runs off last six balls to win the match.
Medium-pacer Gargi Wankar was given the charge to bowl the last over and she did a superb job and conceded just six runs.
Left-arm spinner Nupur Kohale once again bowled outstandingly and grabbed 3 wickets. Skipper Disha Kasat took a couple of wickets.