Mumbai: Left-arm medium-pacer Komal Zanzad impressed with a three-wicket initial burst but Board President’s XI failed to defend their modest score of 154 and lost by two wickets against the visiting England XI in a practise game here on Monday. Komal who is yet to play for India but has taken an amazing 9 for 8 against Haryana in the domestic one-day tournament of the BCCI last season, rocked the visitors with her devastating spell of 3 for 9 in her first six overs at the Wankhede Stadium.
England XI were gasping at 11 for 4 by the fifth over triggered by the triple strike by the Vidarbha captain before Heather Knight, with a steady, unbeaten 64 off 86 balls, lifted the team out of the rut and guided it past the finish line in the 38th over. England made 157 for 8. Apart from Komal, Reemalaxmi Ekka and spinner Tanuja Kanwer picked up two wickets apiece.
Board President’s XI 154 in 49 overs (H Deol 21, B Fulmali 23, M Mani 28; A Shrubsole 4-30, G Elwiss 2-20) lost to England XI 157-8 in 37.3 overs (H Knight 64*, D Wyatt 22; A Shrubsole 23, L Winfield 23*; K Zanzad 3-14, R Ekka 2-24, T Kanwer 2-34) by 2 wickets.