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|Railways clinches Senior National title|
Tuesday, February 10 2004 18:12 Hrs (IST)
Resuming at the overnight 48 for three, Mithali Raj and Sulakshna Naik took the score to 94 when off-spinner Sunitha Vasudevan was belatedly brought into the attack from the pavilion end. She struck immediately clean bowling Sulakshana Naik for 24.In the very next over, leg-spinner Deepika Babu had Mithali Raj smartly caught behind by Sindhu from one that turned viciously.
Sunitha got two more wickets in her next two overs and Railways were precariously placed at 104 for eight. But Arundhati Kirkire with 39 and Purnima Choudhry with 19 put on 54 runs to reduce the pressure.
Mamatha came back to pick up the two remaining wickets to end up with 5 for 48 from 20.1 overs. Off-spinner Sunitha Vasudevan had 3 for 36 while leg-spinner Deepika Babu picked up two for 43. Railways were all out for 179 off 62.1 overs.
After Conceding a lead of 73 runs, Karnataka struggled against the two experienced left-arm spinners Neetu David and Deepa Kulkarni. Only Hema Malini with 37 (63 balla ), Roopa 23 (88 balls) and Deepika 25 (21 balls) managed to score. Karnataka were 120 for seven off the allotted 45 overs in the second innings.
Set to get 48 runs to regain the trophy which they had lost to Air India last year, Indian Railways did not waste much time but in the process lost one wicket,that of Arundhatti leg before to left-arm seamer Pooja Shah.
Hema Malini of Karnataka was declared the best batsman of the tournament. Jhulan Goswami ( Air India ) Best Bowler, Anju Jain ( Air India ) Best Wicketkeeper, Mamatha Maben ( Karnataka) Best fielder and Kritika ( Tamil Nadu ) Best all-rounder were the others who won the performance awards.
Brief Scores: Karnataka 106 and 120 for 7 in 45 overs (Hema Malini 27, Roopa 23, Deepika 24, Deepa Kulkarni 4 for 38, Neetu David 3 for 51) lost to Indian Railways 179 all out in 62.1 overs (Mithali Raj 50, Sulakshana Naik 24, Arundhati 39 and Purnima Choudhry 19, Mamatha Maben 5 for 48, Sunitha V 3 for 36 and Deepika Babu 2 for 43) and 50 for 1 in 12.4 overs; Sulakhshana Naik 37 not out, Pooja Shah 1 for 18) by nine wickets.
Spin of the coin favours Karnataka