Riding on brilliant performances by two Dikshas – Diksha Amonkar and Diksha Gawde – Goa registered a resounding 131-run victory against Tripura in their opening game of the BCCI’s Womens U-19 Cricket Tournament being held at GCA Academy ground in Porvorim, on Monday.
While Diksha Amonkar starred with the bat scoring a patient 71, Diksha Gawde shone with both bat and ball as she hit an unbeaten half century and then returned with impressive figures of 4 for 18 in 10 overs.
Earlier winning the toss and opting to bat first, Goa lost opener Purvaja Verlekar (1) early at 11. But the second-wicket pair of Shindiya Naik and Tejashwini Duragad steadied the innings with a 71-run partnership before Shindiya departed on 29, with the scoreboard reading 82 for 2. Two balls later Goa lost their third wicket in the form of Tejashwini who returned to the pavilion after making 29 which included 5 hits to the fence. Goa lost their fourth wicket at 87 as Poorva Bhaidkar departed without opening her account.
Diksha Gawde then met Diksha Amonkar and the duo added 149 runs for the fifth wicket to help the hosts reach 236 for 5 in 50 overs. Diksha Amonkar was dismissed on the last ball of the final over. Her 104-ball 71 contained 8 fours while Diksha Gawde remained not out on 50 for which she consumed 105 balls and hit only two fours.
Tripura bowlers were guilty of bowling as many as 50 wides in their total extras of 57.
In reply, Tripura batters looked all at sea while facing a disciplined Goa bowling attack and finally bowled out for a paltry 105, handing the hosts a whopping 131-run victory.
The day cleared belonged to Diksha Gawde, who after hitting an unbeaten 50-run knock came back to take a 4-wicket haul to hand Goa a comprehensive victory and four points.
Tejashwini Duragad supported her well taking 2 for 22, while Poorva Bhaidkar, Shindiya Naik, Tanaya Naik and Savali Kolambkar contributed with one wicket each.
For Tripura, opener Antara Das waged a lone battle with a patient 42 off 133 balls.