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|Spin of the coin favours Karnataka|
Friday, February 6 2004 20:21 Hrs (IST)
In the semi finals at the Nimpur Turf, the second day's play started only after lunch due to unseasonal rains that had rendered the pitch wet. In the remaining time Air India were restricted to 166 for 7 in 60 overs.
The current India and Karnataka captain Mamatha Maben and the former India captain Anjum Chopra who leads Air India walked out to decide the winner by the spin of coin. Anjum called wrong and thus Karnataka entered the finals of the prestigious national championship after a long gap of eleven years.
Karnataka girls bowled and fielded brilliantly on this the second say of the semi-finals. Defending a modest 209, medium pacers Mamatha and Pooja Shah bowled extremely well to push Air India on the defensive.
Karuna Jain struggled to get nine runs before getting out to Mamatha Maben. Purnima Rau played bold and positive cricket and put on 66 runs with India opener Anju Jain. Purnima was out for 31 that included five hits to the fence.
In came Anjum Chopra to join a well settled Anju Jain. Anjum kept rotating the strike but at this stage, the two Karnataka off-spinners Sunitha Vasudevan and Rashmi Shivshankar bowled extremely well to keep Anju Jain tied down.
In an effort to break the shackles, Anju stepped out and was brilliantly stumped by Sindhu off the bowling of Sunitha. Anju made 57 off 124 balls with the help of two fours. Three overs later, left-handed Anjum Chopra was dismissed in identical fashion for 26. Now the pressure was on Air India to play for a draw. Air India ended the day at 166 for seven.
For the third match in a row, Hema Malini was declared the Eve of the Match
Scores: Karnataka 209 in 88.5 overs vs Air India 166 for 7 in 60 overs (Anju Jain 57, Purnima Rau 31, Anjum Chopra 26, Sunitha Vasudevan 2 for 44 ( 17 overs ), Rashmi 1 for 19 ( 10 overs),Mamatha Maben 1 for 28 ( 14 overs).
In the other match held at the Bose ground, Railways, commencing at 15 for no loss, reached the winning target of 200 in the 72nd over losing six wickets in the process. Jaya Sharma (40, 118 balls, 5 fours ), Monica Sumra (20,43b, 3 fours) gave Railways a good start. However, the Railway girls lost four wickets including their star batswoman Mithali Raj ( 1,15 balls ) and skipper Deepa Kulkarni for two.
At this stage, Hema Latha Kala played a superb knock of 67 off 140 balls with six fours. She was ably supported by Sunetra Paranpe who contributed 35 with four fours. Tamil Nadu used ten bowlers on the day but succeeded in getting only six Railways wickets.
Hemalatha Kala was adjudged Eve of the Match.
Scores: Tamil Nadu 199 lost to Indian Railways : 200 for 6 in 72 overs (Jaya Sharma 40,Monica Sumra 20, Hemalatha Kala 67, Sunetra 35.
Hema Malini keeps Air India at bay