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Women's league final, digest: Bengal loses to Goa

26th December 2017
The Bengal team lost by 37 runs failing to chase a 147 run target set by counterpart Goa during the Women's One Day League finals at the Eden Gardens, kolkata here today.
The senior team's resurgence to the elite group after two years was an imperative call for Bengal women's. Despite the team's fantastic performance throughout the season, they ended up losing against Goa's dominant demeanour as they rattled the Bengal team off the track.
Commencing the innings on a dominant note Bengal pulled out 6 wickets under 44 runs in a display of their bowling prowess. However a tempered innings by Shikha Pandey ensured the away team scale up a good total. Shikha Pandey played a captain's knock with an innings studded with eight boundaries and 1 six scoring a glorious 66.
The Bengal team couldn't however make most of the opportunities that came their way grassing two catches that came off Shikha's bat and she was spared being dismissed through a run-out following Bengal's poor fielding as Jhulan said in a post match interaction.
As the girls came down to bat the lack of partnership echoed throughout the match making way for seven dismissals under 69 runs. Paramita Roy however took charge of the match, hitting the ball around the ground and putting up a good partnership of 29 runs with teammate Gayatri Mal. Paramita who hit 7 boundaries enroute her 42 showed real intent and determination.
Despite the wrist injury, the performance exhibited by the Bengal captain speaks about her dedication and love for the game. Though she picked up a wicket and scored seven runs struggling with her wrist injury Jhulan's dedication for the game is worthy of respect. Young Nisha Majhi who debuted for Bengal this season has had a sparkling season so far and bagged 3 wickets during the finals while teammate Gayatri Mal and Tanushree Sarkar picked up 3 and 1 respectively.
In a post match press conference the Bengal skipper Jhulan said, "We have played good cricket throughout the season. Though we commenced the match on a good start with quick dismissals to our credit we could not maintain our dominant sting on the opponents. Our fielding wasn't up to the mark and we allowed the our opponent to score, giving away three opportunities of getting Shikha dismissed."
Jhulan added, "Though the score was achievable but this is a part of the game. Apart from this the team is happy that we have been able to climb up to the elite group after two years of hardwork. We look forward to the other tournaments coming our way and hope to play good cricket in the coming days and with Deepti Sharma and Nisha Majhi's consistent performance we hope to come back better."

Saptaswa Mukerjee