Rubia misses ton, Sheeraza scores fifty as J&K crush Manipur

Rubia misses ton, Sheeraza scores fifty as J&K crush Manipur. Pic/KSW
Rubia misses ton, Sheeraza scores fifty as J&K crush Manipur. Pic/KSW

Guwahati, April 20: Explosive batter Rubia Sayed missed century by a whisker, while skipper Sandhya Sayal spun web arround the rival batters and Sheeraza Bano scored a magnificent half-century as Jammu and Kashmir crushed Manipur by a big margin of 110 runs in the ongoing BCCI’s Senior Womens T20 Trophy at ACA Stadium, Barsapara, Guwahati on Wednesday.

Earlier, winning the toss and batting first, J&K began on a disastrous note, losing first three wickets without opening the account. Sarla, Bawandeep and Bushra all were sent back to the pavilion without scoring.

However, Sheeraza Bano and Rubia Sayed salvaged the sinking ship and after consolidating the innings, sent the bowlers on a leather-hunt to take the score to 149 runs in 20 overs, without losing more wickets. The duo of Rubia and Sheeraza made a partnership of 149 runs. Swashbuckling Rubia was in sublime touch and simply butchered the rival bowlers with utmost ease to score power-packed unbeaten 94 runs off 52 balls, studded with 11 fours and 5 massive sixes, while Sheeraza showed stellar grit and tenacity to notch up a brilliant fifty, scoring 54 runs off 55 balls including 6 crispy boundaries.

For Manipur, Chingkhei M was the only successful bowler, who took 2 wickets by conceding 12 runs in her 4 overs.
In reply, J&K bowlers, led by skipper and off-spinner Sandhya Sayal, plotted Manipur collapse and the team could only manage to score 39 runs in 20 overs, losing 9 wickets in the process, thus Manipur lost the match by 110 runs. Milan Y was the only batter to cross double figure mark, contributing 22 runs off 34 balls, studded with 3 boundaries, while skipper Ganga scored 6 runs.

For J&K, Sandhya Sayal wrecked havoc from the word go and took 4 wickets in her 4 overs by conceding just 3 runs, while Speedster Bismah Hassan bagged 2 wickets. Sarla Devi and Rubia Sayed also claimed one wicket each.
Earlier, in the day-night match yesterday evening, J&K lost to Nagaland by 32 runs. Nagaland scored 125, while J&K was bundled out for 93 runs.

The team is being accompanied by Chetan Dhingra as Head Coach, Ankita Jalla and Rajesh Dhar as Managers, Rohit Rana as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Lathi as Fielding Coach, Susheel Pajnu as Video Analyst, Hinan Mir as Side-Arm Throwdown Expert and Dr Shweta Jamwal as Physiotherapist.

J&K will take on Sikkim in the next outing at ACA Stadium Guwahati on April 21.
For the win against Manipur today, Member Administration JKCA, Brig Anil Gupta; Member Cricket Operations, Mithun Manhas and Member Legal Affairs, Sunil Sethi sent congratulatory messages to the team.


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