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October 4, 2008
India B Women 202 (Kumari 54, Malhotra 4-52) beat India A Women 170 (Shinde 3-39) by 32 runs
The dress rehearsal for tomorrow's final went India B Womens' way, courtesy a 32-run win in a low-scoring match against India A in Ahmedabad. India B elected to bat but were bowled out for 202 in 47 overs; it was a total they successfully defended, restricting India A to 170 for 8 in 50 overs.
India B's innings comprised top-order contributions from opener Jaya Sharma (34), debutant Latika Kumari (54) and veteran Anjum Chopra (45). Thereafter it read a poor scorecard, with four scores of 0. Rumeli Dhar took 3 for 20 with her medium-pacers and Reema Malhotra, the legspinner, taking career-best figures of 4 for 52.
A target of 203 proved out of India A's reach. An opening stand of 30 was snapped when Sulakshana Naik was dismissed by the economic Snehal Pradhan and the run out of N Jaiswal, another debutant, for 32 from 48 balls was crucial. The best score of a disappointing chase came from Hemlata Kala, who remained unbeaten on 39. Five of six bowlers used got into the wickets, and Amrita Shinde, another legspinner, finished with a personal best of 3 for 39 to stem the lower order.
These two teams will meet in the final tomorrow, also in Ahmedabad.
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