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The first match of the Senior Women s cricket Challenger Trophy 2018-19 saw a remarkable match between India Blue and India Red at the Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground, Mulapadu with India Blue claiming an unlikely victory, overhauling India Red s rather modest total of 129, after being reduced to 24/8.

Opting to bat first, India Red, lead by India international Shikha Pandey were shot down for 129 in 45 overs. Medium pacer Reema Lakshmi Ekka claimed 2/26 in her seven overs while left-arm pacer Tanuja Kanwer grabbed 2/20 in her 10 overs.

However, little did the duo know they would have to play a key role with the bat as well to take their team to victory.

Chasing the target, India Blue s batting imploded as the Punam Raut-led batting unit were blown away by the right-arm medium of Komal Zanzad (3/12) and left-arm spin of Radha Yadav (3/26). Off-spinner Tarannum Pathan claimed one as India Blue found themselves out of the game at 24/8.

But, No.8 batter, 21-year-old Manali Dakshini – a pacer by trade – revived the chase with a 56-run stand with Kanwer for the ninth wicket. Kanwer departed to Pathan after scoring 19 in the 35th over with the score on 82. Ekka then forged a matching-winning stand of 48 runs, out which she scored 29. Dakshini remained unbeaten on 49 as India Blue beat India Red by one wicket and 25 balls to spare.