The legendary Sachin Tendulkar presented the Women Under-19 World Cup-winning team with a cheque of five crores during Men in Blue’s third T20I against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday (February 1). The ceremony took place after the toss.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah had previously announced that Tendulkar will be present in the stadium to honor the U-19 team. As soon as Tendulkar entered the stage, the Ahmedabad crowd started chanting his name. Along with Tendulkar, BCCI President Roger Binny and Jay Shah were also present. Tendulkar then delivered a passionate speech.
In the inaugural U-19 World Cup, the Indian team, led by Shefali Verma defeated England in the final by seven wickets at Senwes Park to create history. This is also the first time the Women in Blue have won an ICC cup. India restricted Grace Scriven’s women to a paltry 68 and later, Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha steered the team to the target with 36 balls to spare.
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IND vs NZ match so far
Meanwhile, India’s stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bat first. India got off to a flying start with Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi‘s quickfire.
Opener Ishan Kishan could score just one run off three balls before Michael Bracewell dismissed him in the second over. Later, the pair of Tripathi and Gill took India to a score of 87 when spinner Ish Sodhi gave his team a crucial breakthrough by dismissing the former.
Tripathi departed after a stunning knock of 44 runs from 22 balls, which was studded with four boundaries and three maximums at a superior strike rate of 200. At the time of writing this article, Gill and Suryakumar Yadav are at the crease, playing at 45* off 30 and 7* off 5 balls, while India have reached 102/2 in 11 overs.
This T20I is also the decider as the series is leveled at 1-1. After wrapping up this series, India’s next assignment will be the high-voltage Gavaskar-Border Trophy on February 9 in Nagpur.
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