Veteran Mithali Raj’s run-a-ball 51 wasn’t enough as India Blue lost to India Red by seven runs in a rain-affected in the opening encounter of the Women’s T20 Challenger on Tuesday. Also Read - Mithali Raj Retirement: Ace Indian Batter Answers Big Question, Says '2022 World Cup Will be my Swansong

India Blue scored a modest 100 for 8 in 20 overs and the Red team were 79 for 3 in 16.3 overs when play was stopped due to inclement weather. However, Reds were declared the winner as per VJD rule. Also Read - 5th ODI Highlights India Women vs South Africa Women: SA-W Beat IND-W by Five Wickets to Pocket Series 4-1

Batting first, Blue team had a batting collapse despite Mithali holding fort at one end with wickets falling like ninepins at the other end. Also Read - Mithali Raj Creates Massive Record, Becomes First Woman Cricketer to Complete 7,000 ODI Runs

The Indian ODI captain hit seven boundaries and a six. The next highest score was 12 by VR Vanitha (12).

India international Deepti Sharma took 2 for 15 in four overs and then opened the batting to score 45 off 44 balls with six boundaries.

Brief Scores: India Blue 100/8 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 51 off 51 balls, Deepti Sharma 2/15). India Red 79/3 in 16.3 overs (Deepti Sharma 45 off 44 balls). India Red won by 7 runs via VJD method.