Cuttack, Mar 20, 2018 (Team OCA):
Odisha allrounder Madhusmita Behera hit an unbeaten 114 to help East Zone draw their three-day match against North Zone in the Senior Women Inter-Zone Tournament at Greenfield Stadium in Trivandrum, Kerala today. However, North Zone gained three points by virtue of taking first-innings lead, while East settled with one point.
Madhusmita scored the unbeaten century in the second innings. She faced 312 balls and hit 16 boundaries. Madhusmita and Tanusree Sarkar rescued East Zone from the jaws of defeat, stitching together 179 runs in their sixth-wicket stand. Madhusmita also picked up two wickets in the opposition first innings, conceding 49 runs.
Three players from Odisha represented East Zone in this match with the other two being Madhuri Meheta and Sushree Dibyadarshini. Opening batsman Madhuri scored 15 and 6 in the two innings. Sushree contributed an unbeaten 27 in the second innings and picked up two wickets for 36 runs.
East Zone 54/10 in 36.1 overs (Mouchaity Debnath 22; R Singh 6/23, Sneh Rana 2/4) and 305/7 in 131 overs (Madhusmita Behera 114 n.o, Tanusree Sarkar 99, Paramita Roy 41, Sushree Dibyadarshini 27 n.o; T Kanwar 3/60) drew with North Zone 194/10 in 93.5 overs (Priya Punia 73, Mandeep Kaur 30 n.o; Devyani Prasad 3/43, Saika Ishaque 2/25, Sushree Dibyadarshini 2/36, Madhusmita Behera 2/49).