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 - I Still Have Some Batting Left in me: Mithali Raj

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 - India Women Qualify For ICC Cricket World Cup 2021 After ODI Championship Round vs Pakistan Cancelled

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 - Our Preparations For 2021 World Cup Will Take a Hit: Mithali Raj

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.