India Blue lose despite Mithali’s half century

Bengaluru, Aug 14: Veteran Mithali Raj’s run-a-ball 51 wasn’t enough as India Blue lost to India Red by seven runs in a rain-affected in the opening encounter of the Women’s T20 Challenger today.
India Blue scored a modest 100 for 8 in 20 overs and the Red team were 79 for 3 in 16.3 overs when play was stopped due to inclement weather. However Reds were declared winner as per VJD rule.
Batting first, Blue team had a batting collapse despite Mithali holding fort at one end  with wickets falling like ninepins at the other end.
The Indian ODI captain hit seven boundaries and a six. The next highest score was 12 by VR Vanitha (12).
India international Deepti Sharma took 2 for 15 in four overs and then opened the batting to score 45 off 44 balls with six boundaries.
Brief Scores: India Blue 100/8 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 51 off 51 balls, Deepti Sharma 2/15). India Red 79/3 in 16.3 ocers (Deepti Sharma 45 off 44 balls). India Red won by 7 runs via VJD method. (PTI)