WPL weekly star-tracker (Feb 12): Yastika, Amanjot top Inter Zonal Trophy run-getters list
The team is here. The jersey is here. The countdown is here. In this one final week of cricketing action from around the world before the Mumbai Indians take the field in all their glory, the Inter-Zonal One Day Trophy wraps up, as does the under-23 tournament. South Africa are done with their limited-overs tour to Australia as well. So here we go, bringing you everything MI from the world of women’s cricket..
Senior Women’s Inter Zonal One Day Trophy
Yastika Bhatia (WZ): 349 runs in six games at an average of 58.17 and a strike-rate of 111.85. Tournaments rarely get better. Yastika Bhatia, topping the run-getters’ chart with these numbers, started off this week with a 62 against Central Zone, followed it up with a thumping 107-ball 151 against North Zone, and even in the final – although she ended up on the wrong side of the result – got West Zone off to a flier against Central Zone with a quick 13-ball 16. Oh we cannot wait for her to bring this form into the Blue and Gold!
Amanjot Kaur (NZ): 291 runs in four games, an average of over 145 and a strike-rate of 90.37, Amanjot Kaur was on a dream run with the bat this week. Coming in to bat at number four against NE Zone, she smashed an 86-ball 92, and then followed it up with an even better 136 against West Zone. Again, red hot form, and donning the Blue and Gold, beware Paltan, we’re going to witness carnage!
Humairaa Kaazi (WZ): A quiet week for Humairaa, who didn’t quite set the stage on fire for West Zone, with limited opportunities with the bat as the top-order did most of the heavy lifting. She got 3 against Central zone, 9 against North Zone, and couldn’t open her account in the final against Central Zone.
S Sajana (SZ): In two low-scoring games first against North East Zone and then against East Zone, she chipped in with useful contributions of 34 and 23 respectively, helping South Zone win both games comfortably.
SB Keerthana (SZ): A stellar spell against North East Zone, with 3/13 in her ten overs, proving to be just too good for their batters to read. Against East Zone as well, she applied the finishing touches to their innings, picking the final wicket and taking South to victory.
Saika Ishaque (EZ): She had a slightly off game against South Zone, going wicketless in her six overs, but come the game against Central Zone, she was back being her miserly best – 9-3-12-3.
Australia vs South Africa, ODI series
Chloe Tryon (South Africa): In a superb win over the Aussies in the second ODI, Chloe Tryon finished the South African innings on a high with a 36-ball 37, and then went on to wrap up their chase with the wicket of Megan Schutt in her figures of 4.3-0-14-1. Although she got the dangerous Tahila McGrath out in the final ODI, she couldn’t quite contribute with the bat as the Aussies went on to secure a massive win and seal the series 2-1!
Women’s under-23 One Day Trophy
Amandeep Kaur (Haryana): Three games, three solid performances, and three wins for her side. Amandeep Kaur started off the week with four wickets against Sikkim, was very economical against Saurashtra (4-0-11-1), and then slipped in with another tight spell against Delhi (0/52), to carry Haryana into the knockouts.