Reva and Anureet help Punjab thrash J&K women
The opening duo of Reva Arora (121) and Anureet Dua (78) stitched a massive 210-run partnership that enabled Punjab to beat Jammu & Kashmir by a margin of 22 runs in the last league match of the North Zone cricket tournament for senior women, played at the Dhruv Pandove Cricket Satdium in Patiala.
On winning the toss, Punjab captain Harmanpreet decided to bat first. Openers Reva Arora and Anureet Dua started the innings in an attacking mode. All loose deliveries were punished severely by both the Punjab openers. Reva was brutal in particular. Playing her natural attacking game, Reva plundered runs all over the ground with some stylish hits to the fence. He 146-ball knock of 121 runs included 19 boundaries. The Jalandhar based cricketer Reva did not give any chance to the J&K and helped Punjab post a daunting total of 287 runs in the allotted 50 overs. Anureet also displayed character during her 105-ball innings of 78 runs. Anureet's knock had 10 fours to the fence. Reva was run out on 121 while Anureet perished on Payal Chaudhry's bowling for 78 runs. Anureet's dismissal brought India star Harmanpreet to the middle. She remained unbeaten on 26.
Chasing such a big total was always a tough proposition for the hapless J&K team. In view of chasing the target, J&K team folded up on 65 runs in 27.3 overs. Punjab off-spinners, Sneh Rana (5 for 14) and Mehak Kesar (3 for 10) spun a web around the J&K women to leave them fretting. Anju Choudary (21) emerged as the topscorer for J&K.
Punjab women emerged as the table toppers in the tournament and have been unbeatable in all the matches. They beat Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir in the North Zone tournament. The Punjab outfit led by Harmanpreet Bhullar will take part in the senior national cricket tournament to be held in Madhya Pradesh starting from November 15.