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Brilliant Sikkim ends women’s U23 one-day campaign with a win

Monday, Feb 17, 2020 12:00 [IST]

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Brilliant Sikkim ends women’s U23 one-day campaign with a win

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GANGTOK: Sikkim wrapped up Women’s U23 One Day Trophy campaign with a comfortable win over Arunachal Pradesh at Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on Saturday. Already out of contention for qualification to the knock-out stage, Sikkim U23 showed why they are one of the best teams in the Plate Division by triumphing at KITT Cricket Stadium. Sikkim girls owed their win to strong bowling line-up and batting prowess of Rinki Rajak, as they restricted Arunachal Pradesh to 142 runs and chased down the target comfortably losing just three wickets.
Mariam Subba and Aruna Barman restricted Arunachal Pradesh to 21 four 4 in nine overs and the opponents were always struggling with their bat as they limped to 142-7 in 50 overs. 
Mariam Subba finished with 3-19 off 10 overs, Barman took 2-20 from her 10 overs, and Pranita Chettri and Rinki Rajak grabbed a wicket apiece. Megha Sharma top-scored for Arunachal Pradesh with 72 not out.
With in-form Rinki Rajak on their side, Sikkim went past the target in just 34 overs. 
Nandika Kumari and Rinki Rajak shared an opening partnership of 101 runs before
Rinki Rajak (84 not out) and captain Sarojini Giri took Sikkim past the target in 34th over.
Sikkim earned four points for this win to end the season with 24 points, 12 points behind the table topper Chandigarh who won all their games, and behind second-placed Nagaland by just net run rate.
In the nine matches played in the league, Sikkim won five, drew two and lost two.
Rinki Rajak is the highest individual scorer in the tournament so far. She scored 568 runs including a century and four half-centuries with top score of 185 runs. 
Aruna Barman is at number 6 in the loss of the most wicket takers. Pranita Chettri of Gangtok, one of the youngest cricketers in the team, is among the most economical bowlers in the tournament.   
“It is one of the finest tournaments ever played and performed by our women’s team, under coach Amosh Rai. All the players are boosted with the team’s performance and want to keep the same momentum in the coming days,” the SICA said in a press release.  

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi