<p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/manali.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-786821" alt="manali" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/manali.jpg" width="638" height="355" /></a></p> <p></p><p dir="ltr">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.</p> <p></p><p dir="ltr">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.</p> <p></p><p dir="ltr">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.</p> <p></p><p dir="ltr">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.</p> <p></p> <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Incredible finish in the first game of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChallengerTrophy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ChallengerTrophy</a> as India Blue recover from 24-8 to chase down India Red's 129. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IndRedvIndBlue?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IndRedvIndBlue</a> <a href="https://t.co/PHuFUKKk6q">pic.twitter.com/PHuFUKKk6q</a></p> <p></p> BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) <a href="https://twitter.com/BCCIWomen/status/1080770175912239104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p></p>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.