Dominant Maharashtra crush Mumbai

The senior Maharashtra women's team in a dominant performance thrashed Mumbai in their final league game of the West Zone T20 competition at PYC Hindu Gymkhana, putting them on top of the West Zone table.

Maharashtra who won the toss and elected to bat got off to a flying start, with openers Anagha Deshpande and Smriti Mandhana in swashbuckling form. The pair put on a 143-run opening stand which set a strong foundation for the side. Deshpande was at her savage best as she clubbed 80 off just 47 balls. Her knock was studded with 12 boundaries and a towering six.

Deshpande's assault was severe but what made the knock special was the utilization of proper cricketing strokes. She drove confidently on both sides of the wicket and was quick to pull when the Mumbai bowlers dropped the ball short. At the other end, Mandhana was the perfect foil to Deshpande, as she knocked 58 off 38 balls. This included nine crisp boundaries.

Maharashtra lost their first wicket on the last ball of the 14th over and then it was Anuja Patil and Sonia Dabir who, through a combination of lusty hitting and hard running, took Maharashtra to 194.

Mumbai needed a strong start if they were to even entertain hope of chasing the target. However, Mumbai's innings got off to a rather calamitous start. ND Shahi was run out on the third ball of the very first over by an accurate Snehal Pradhan throw. SM Koli and SG Rozario tried to stitch a partnership together but another run-out sent Koli back to the pavilion.

The rest of the Mumbai batting line-up just could not get a move on and the chase stagnated. Maharashtra's accurate bowling and enthusiastic fielding put a check on scoring. Captain Anuja Patil was impressive with the ball giving away just 10 runs in four overs and bagging a wicket. Snehal Pradhan was snapped up a couple of wickets conceding 12 runs in three overs.

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