Senior Women’s T20: Railways beat Maharashtra by seven wickets to win the title

Surat, May 4 (PTI) Skipper Smriti Mandhana’s 84-run knock also failed to help Maharashtra as Railways thrashed seven wickets in the Senior Women’s T20 tournament here on Wednesday.

After being invited to bat, Maharashtra posted a challenging score of 160 for four, thanks to Mandhana’s 84 off 56 balls.

In response, Railways achieved the target in 11 balls with the help of half-centuries from openers S Meghna (52 runs) and D Hemlata (65 runs).

Left-handed batsman Mandhana smashed 11 fours and three sixes as she razed the Railways’ bowling attack and shared a 74-run partnership with opener Shivali Shinde for the first wicket. Shinde contributed 30 runs.

The batsman got out at the other end, but Mandhana took over the innings.

Railways off-spinner Swagatika Rath took three wickets for 33 runs while captain Sneh Rana took one wicket.

Chasing the target of 161 runs, railway opener S Meghna played a brilliant performance against the Maharashtra attack, hitting 52 runs in 32 balls with nine fours.

D Hemlata scored a half-century with the help of nine fours and two sixes but she was dismissed in the 17th over.

K Anjali Saravani (26 not out) and Sneh Rana (06 not out) ensured that no more wickets fell as Railways chased down the target with ease.