Mithali Raj-led Railways made light work of the 168 run target that Jharkhand posted in the finals of National One Day Championships and won a record-extending 12th title.
Out of 14 editions of the event, Railways have gone on to win 12 titles, that’s been the kind of dominance they have had over the event.
On Sunday, they chased down the target of 168 in only 37 overs and without needing their best batter Mithali Raj to even come out from the cooler confines of the dressing room.April 4, 2021
India international Punam Raut's patient 59 off 94 balls laid the platform for all-rounder Sneh Rana to finish the game in a jiffy, smashing 34 not out off 22 balls.
Apart from her breezy knock, Rana was also the most successful Railways bowler taking 3 for 34 with her handy off-breaks.
It was a thoroughly professional performance in all departments from Railways after Jhakhand opted to bat. As many as six Jharkhand batters couldn't cross the double figures while three couldn't even open their accounts.
Railways played five spinners in the final
Railways stuck to their strength as Raj deployed five spinners in her six-bowler attack. The only medium pacer Meghna Singh (2/22 in 7 overs) provided breakthroughs off successive deliveries in the seventh over dismissing Ritu Kumari (0) and Radhey Sonia (0).
Indrani Roy (49 off 77 balls), Jharkhand's best batter in the tourney, wasn't at her fluent best on the day as she could hit only three boundaries.
Just when she looked set, Rana got her stumped by Team India keeper Nuzhat Parween. Durga Murmu (31) and skipper Mani Niharika (39 not out) were the other significant contributors for Jharkhand.
Jharkhand were 130 for 5 at one stage on the 39th over, looking good for a total closer to 200 but they lost their last five wickets for 37 runs.