Shillong, Jan 14: Meghalaya’s women’s team lost their opening match of the BCCI’s U-23 T20 League against Kerala today by 136 runs in Kochi.
Unlike in some other tournaments, the U-23 T20 League does not have a group for North East states that have the same level of experience. Instead the small North East states will have to play against bigger and more experienced teams, like Meghalaya had to do against Kerala today.
Kerala won the toss and chose to bat first, making 158/3 in their allotted 20 overs. Deiphibapynshngain L Mawnai took 2/42, while the other wicket was claimed by S Jaba (1/24). Jaba was also the most economical Meghalaya bowler, going for exactly six runs an over. Opening batsman Jilu George top-scored for Kerala with 56.
None of the Meghalaya batsmen were able to get into double figures against a fine Kerala bowling attack and they were dismissed for 22. Meghalaya need to work on their running between the wickets as three batsmen were dismissed in run outs.
Meghalaya are in Group A along with Punjab, Baroda, Goa and Manipur, besides Kerala.
Meghalaya will take on Baroda tomorrow at the same venue.