Vijaywada: All-rounder Pooja Vastrakar led from the front with a run-a-ball 96 to help India D beat India A by 22 runs and storm into the Women’s Challenger Trophy final with an unbeaten record here on Tuesday.
The final of the four-team tournament, to be played on Thursday, will be a repeat match between India D, who won all their league games, and India A, who advanced on better run rate than India B and India C with three teams tied at one win each. India D scored 219 for 7 with Vastrakar’s help and India A could only reach 197 for seven in 50 overs.
India left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowled a miserly spell for India D, conceding just 20 runs in 10 overs and took a wicket. Vastrakar also took a wicket after her match-winning effort with the bat. India are looking for more power-hitters in the middle-order ahead of the ODI World Cup and Vastrakar enhanced his reputation on that front. She has already played two Tests, 10 ODIs and 23 T20Is.
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