Indu Berma put on a solid all round performance as Region No-IV (Bhairahawa) made a comeback in the Womens’ National with a seven-wicket victory over Region No-VI (Baitadi) at the Tribhuvan University Stadium grounds on Tuesday.
Early strikes from Indu and a late carnage from Sarswati Pun helped Bhairhawa bundle out Baitadi for 117 in 34 overs. The skipper then starred with the bat making 45 not out as Bhairahawa reached 118-3 in 35.1 overs. Bhairahawa had lost their opening day encounter to defending champions APF on Monday.
Bhairahawa had a modest start when they lost their opener Sadhna Gautam (four) but they already had 29 runs on the board. Another opener Neetu Bhandari was out six runs later for 22 off 43 with two boundaries. After Seema Thapa (one) fell cheaply they were reduced to 42-3 in 17.1 overs.
Indu then took to the crease and along with Melina Thapa guided team home with a solid 76-run unbroken stand for the fourth wicket. Indu made 45 off 59 with seven boundaries and Melina was 24 not out from 74 balls with one boundary.
Nisha Bhatta took 2-13 from her tight eight-over spell and Sunita Lohar had one scalp for Baitadi who had the worst possible start in the game reduced to 13-3 in 6.4 overs after Indu picked two wickets.
Anjali Chand and Kabita Kunwar kept Bhairahawa bowlers at bay with a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket. However, a run out of Anjali in the 22nd over sparked a terrible Baitadi collapse as they lost their last seven wickets for just 31 runs.
Anjali made 35 off 50 with three boundaries, while Kabita chipped in 26 off 54 with two hits to the fence. Sarswoti Pun did the rest of the damage picking up four wickets in the middle and lower order. She returned the figures of 4-20 from seven overs. Seem Thapa also had two victims, while Kirti Sen got the other.