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Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: Odisha Purple began their campaign in style as they defeated Odisha Red comprehensively by 57 runs in the first match of the inaugural MGM Odisha Women’s T20 cricket tour-nament at the KJIT Cricket Stadium here, Friday.
The Purple posted 122/4 in their allotted 20 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Sarita Meher was the top scorer with 5 off 59 balls. She was ably supported by her
skipper Madhusmita Behera (45 off 45 balls).
Preeti Priyadarsani (1/13) was the most economical bowler for the Red. In response, the Red were bowled out for a paltry 65 with more than the overs to spare.
Rajaslute Swain was the top scorer for the losing side with an unbeaten 16 off 21 balls. DJ Reddy (3/6) was standout among the Purple bowlers. She was ably supported by Subhra N Swain (2/7) and Banalata Mallick (2/27). Madhusmita, who was awarded Player of the match prize, also bagged a wicket.