Harmanpreet stars in Punjab women’s triumph in T-20 NZ tournament
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Playing to her potential, captain Harmanpreet Bhullar starred for Punjab in the T-20 North Zone cricket tournament matches played against Haryana and Himachal Pradesh at Una in Himachal Pradesh, putting her team in a commanding position in the competition. In a match played against Himachal Pradesh, Punjab carved out an impressive one-run win over hosts Himachal Pradesh in a thrilling encounter held on Monday. Batting first, Punjab women scored 83 for seven in 20 overs. Harmanpreet played an unbeaten knock of 30 runs to propel Punjab. For HP, KS Kanwar bagged two wickets, giving away nine runs. In reply, HP eves were on course to chase down the target, but on the last ball of the innings, they lost the last wicket. They were bowled out for 82 runs. Diksha Sharma (22) emerged as the top-scorer for HP.
Earlier in the match against Haryana played on Sunday, Punjab recorded a 48-run triumph. Harmanpreet was on a rampage during her unbeaten knock of 62 runs. She was ably supported by Anureet Dua who made 39 runs. Punjab posted a total of 135 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs. Batting second, Haryana team was bundled out for 87 runs. Off-spinner Sneh Rana picked up three wickets, giving away 12 runs for the winning team. Punjab will take on Delhi in their next match to be played on February 26.
Brief Scores:Match 1: Punjab: 83 for 7 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet 30 no, Anureet 18, KS Kanwar 2 for 9, SB Randhawa 1 for 20) beat Himachal Pradesh: 82 all out in 20 overs (Diksha Sharma 22, Shivani Sharma 14, Sneh Rana 2 for 22, Moksha Chaudhary 1 for 12, Anureet Dua 1 for 15) Match II: Punjab: 135 for 5 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet 62 no, Anureet Dua 39) beat Haryana: 87 all out in 20 overs (PS Batra 26, SM Khatri 25 no, Sneh Rana 3 for 12, Praveen 2 for 12, Ritu Singh 1 for 16)