STATE TIMES NEWSKOLKATA: Nadia Chowdhary was simply on song, while Bismah Hassan won hearts and Sarla Devi stole the show as Jammu and Kashmir crushed Sikkim by nine wickets in their Plate Group opening tie of the BCCI’s Senior Women One Day Tournament at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, here today.Earlier, J&K skipper Sandhya Sayal won the toss and put Sikkim into the bat.Almost all the J&K bowlers were on target from the word go- hit good areas, bowled with nagging line and teasing length and executed their plans perfectly. Skipper Sandhya Sayal along with her deputy Bushra Ashraf led from the front in the execution work given to them by the coaches, in particular, the Head Coach, Chetan Dhingra.Earlier, batting first, Sikkim started on a disastrous note as Sarla and Bismah created havoc by seaming and wobbling the ball both the ways. Both of them sent four rival batters back to the pavilion for just 7 runs in first 4 overs. The entire Sikkim team bundled out for a paltry total of 33 runs in 18.1 overs.None of the Sikkim batters could cross the double figure mark as J&K spinners Nadia Chowdhary and Sandhya Sayal made full use of the brilliant start provided to them by the medium pace duo of Sarla and Bismah by spinning web around the rival batters.Rinki Rajak (7) and Samayita (6) were the main contributors. For J&K, left-arm spinner Nadia Chowdhary was the wrecker-in-chief, who took 4 important wickets by conceding 11 runs in her 5 overs, while left-arm ambidextrous seamer, Sarla Devi captured 3 important wickets by giving away 11 runs in her 4.1 overs.Right-arm medium pacer Bismah Hassan was more economic and spent just 4 runs in her 5 overs. She bagged 2 wickets on two consecutive balls and missed the hat-trick by a whisker. Skipper Sandhya Sayal was magnificent with her off-spinners, bowling 4 overs by conceding just 1 run and taking 1 important wicket.In reply, J&K rode on a superb batting display by Sarla Devi and chased the target easily in 8.2 overs, losing just one wicket to win the match by 9 wickets. Sapna Jamwal (4) was the only batter to be dismissed, while Sarla and Rudrakshi Chib remained unbeaten on 24 and 4 runs respectively.Sarla, who is always a class act when on song, hit 4 crispy boundaries and one of her cover drives was simply a crackers burst as none of the fielders could see the ball and the ball could only be seen when it hit the wall outside the fence, while young Rudrakshi began in style, hitting a magnificent boundary while chasing a meagre total. For Sikkim, Tabita Subba was the only successful bowler, who took the lone wicket to fall.J&K will face Arunachal Pradesh in their second outing tomorrow.In other two matches of the Plate Group, Bihar outplayed Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland got the better of Manipur at 22 Yards Salt Lake Kolkata and JU Second campus Salt Lake , Kolkata respectively.The Jammu and Kashmir team is being accompanied by Chetan Dhingra as Head Coach, Ankita Jalla as Manager, Rajesh Dhar as Jt Manager, Abida Khan as Bowling Coach, Lathi as Fielding Coach, Rohit Rana as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Hinan as Side-Arm Throw Expert, Susheel Pajnu as Video Analyst, Dr Ashwariya Jamwal as Physician and Talia Qadri as Physio, while Member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) JKCA Roopali Slathia and Chairperson Senior Selection Committee JKCA, Surbhi Dadeechi also witnessed the match as Observers.Meanwhile, JKCA Member-Administration, Brig Anil Gupta, Member Cricket Operations and Development, Mithun Manhas and Member Legal Affairs, Sunil Sethi have congratulated the J&K team for this brilliant win and wished it best of luck for rest of the matches in the tournament.
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