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Published: Wednesday, February 4, 2004, 21:32 [IST]
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Air India enters semi-finals
Wednesday, February 4 2004 16:02 Hrs (IST)

Cuttack:Tamil Nadu defeated Punjab by a narrow margin of three wickets at the turf grounds in the Senior Nationals being held at Orissa. Tamil Nadu who entered the Senior Nationals after a long gap of nine years should thank Eve of the Match skipper Sundari Sankaran for this victory.

Batting first, Punjab girls could manage just 102 with medium pacer Laxmi Priya bowling a superb spell of 10 overs picking 2 wickets for a miserly 10 runs. Shubha was the most successful bowler with four for 16.Amandeep's 31 (with three fours) and Anuradha with 21 were the only batswoman to score.

Tamil Nadu lost early wickets but skipper Aarti stood like a rock and saw her team through while seven wickets fell on the other end. Devinder was the pick of the Punjab bowlers returning figures of three for 23 from 10 overs.

Scores: Punjab 102 all out in 40.2 overs (Anuradha 21, Amandeep Kaur 31, Laxmi Priya 2 for 10 and Shubha 4 for 16) lost to Tamil Nadu 103 for 7 in 33.4 overs (Aarti 33 not out, Devinder 3 for 23) by three wickets.

At the Sunshine ground, Mumbai had it easy against Jharkhand. Batting first, Mumbai made 151 all out in 47.4 overs on a difficult wicket. Amita Patil with 34 (with five fours), Sangita Kamat with 28 and Dipti with 23 were the main contributors. Kiran Kaur picked up two wickets for Jharkhand Jharkand found the going tough right from the first over. They struggled to reach 97 for nine in fifty overs but the redeeming feature was that they held on without getting all out.

Scores: Mumbai 151 all out in 47.4 overs (Amita Patil 34, Sangita 28, Dipti 23, Sonali 18, Kiran Kaur 2 for 24 beat Jharkhand 97 for nine in 50 overs (Kiran Kaur 32 not out, Seema Pujare 2 for 21 and Sheetal 2 for 9) by 54 runs. In the third game of the day at the Nimpur Turf, Air India got the better of Delhi Cricket Association by just 24 runs.

Batting first, Air India lost Karuna Jain without a run on the board. However, Skipper Anjum Chopra and Anju Jain put on a solid 116 runs partnership before Anju Jain was out for 52 with the help of three fours. Eve of the Match Anjum Chopra had seven hits to the fence in her well-compiled 73.

Veteran Purnima Rau scored a quick 19 with 4 fours to help Air India reach 181 for six off 48 overs when time ran out. (Innings limited to 3hrs and 20 minutes). Leg-spinner Reema Malhotra got two wickets while there were three run outs.

Delhi too started badly and were precariously placed at 49 for five when Dipti Dhyani joined Reema Malhotra. The pair put on a splendid partnership of 95 runs. The bowlers looked worried and once again, it was another run out which turned the match.

With just another forty required, Reema who was on fifty, drove to Anjum in the covers and tried to steal a single. Anjum put down the stump in one swift motion to send Reema back. Two more run outs followed and from 144 for five, Delhi were shot out for 157 off 45.3 overs.

Scores: Air India 181 for 6 in 48 overs (Anju Jain 52, Anjum Chopra 73, Purnima Rau 19,Reema Malhotra 2 for 31) beat Delhi 157 all out in 45.3 overs (Reema Malhotra 50, Dipti Dhyani 52 not out, Jhulan Goswami 2 for 16) by 24 runs.

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