Mithali Raj-led Railways thrash Jharkhand to win 12th National Women's One Day title
Rana hit five fours and a six while Meshram also got a maximum.Brief Scores Jharkhand 167 all out in 50 overs Indrani Roy 49 off 77 balls Sneh Rana 333, Ekta Bisht 233, Poonam Yadav 126.Railways 1693 in 37 overs Punam Raut 59 off 94 balls, S Meghana 53 off 67 balls, Sneh Rana 34 not out off 22 balls.PTI | Rajkot | Updated: 04-04-2021 18:06 IST | Created: 04-04-2021 18:06 IST
Such was Railways' control on the proceedings that they chased the paltry target of 168 in only 37 overs and without needing their best batter Raj to even come out from the cooler confines of the dressing room.
India international Punam Raut's patient 59 off 94 balls laid the platform for all-rounder Sneh Rana to finish the game in a jiffy, smashing 34 not out off 22 balls. Apart from her breezy knock, Rana was also the most successful Railways bowler taking 3 for 34 with her handy off-breaks.
As many as six Jharkhand batters couldn't cross the double figures while three couldn't even open their accounts.
Railways stuck to their strength as Raj deployed five spinners in her six-bowler attack.
Indrani Roy (49 off 77 balls), Jharkhand's best batter in the tourney, wasn't at her fluent best on the day as she could hit only three boundaries.
Jharkhand were 130 for 5 at one stage on the 39th over, looking good for a total closer to 200 but they lost their last five wickets for 37 runs.
While chasing, opener S Meghana (53 off 67 balls, 6x4s) and Raut (11x4s) added 107 runs for the second wicket in 25 overs. While Meghana was more attacking in her strokeplay, it allowed senior-pro Raut to play her natural game of grinding out the opposition.
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