Bengal lose National T20 final
10th November 2019
The young cricketers of Bengal Women's team gave a superlative account of themselves winning 12 matches on the trot to reach the final only to lose to a vastly experienced Railways by a whisker.
Bengal Senior Women's team lost by 8 wickets against Railways in Senior Women's T20 Trophy final in Mulapadu today.
Bengal coach Shib Shankar Paul said toCAB Media: "Girls have played good cricket throughout the tournament. Lack of confidence cost us the match. Many young players have been included in the squad and they have performed pretty well. I have told the girls that they have played well but Railways were just a bit better than them. Railways is a very good team led by experienced Mithali Raj but our young playerd were always up for the challenge. Therecwas no extra pressure on them."
"In this match our key bowlers Gouher Sultana Rumeli Dhar, Gayatri Mal and Shrayoshi Aich, couldn't get us any breakthrough which also affected us," he added.
Earlier electing to bat first Bengal got off to a shaky start losing both the openers Mila Paul and Paramaita Roy in just 6 overs to get reduced to 19/2.
After that Rumeli Dhar stood tall against Railways bowling attack and made 48 off just 41 deliveries along with Richa Ghosh's 21-ball 24 to help Bengal post a fighting 121/6 in their quota of overs.
Ekta Bisht and Swagatika Rath bagged 2 wickets apiece for Railways.
When asked about the positives to take home from this campaign Bengal coach said: "Bengal's Women cricketers has become more fit. We have worked hard for that. Our fitness team have played the key role. The girls are doing well in yoyo test also, scoring 16-17."
"It's a positive thing for Bengal cricket that young girls are playing well. Young players coming forward and taking responsibility is one of the most important thing that has happened in this tournament. They have played well, contributed when it needed and most importantly they have become confident and grown in stature. The more they play the more they will learn," he added.
While chasing Railways openers Punam Raut (46 not out) and Nuzrat Parween stiched 63 runs till the latter one went back for 25 runs off Shrayoshi Aich.
Punam smashed 46 not out off 44 balls along with Sneh Bhagwan's quickfire 36 to help Railways lift the silverware.
CAB MEDIA DESK