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Hurley Gala and Soumya Tiwari starred as India’s Under-19 women’s team took a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20 series against New Zealand’s development squad on Sunday, at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s ground in Bandra Kurla Complex.

Chasing just 86 runs, the hosts finished with 89/3 in 11.3 overs to complete a commanding seven-wicket victory.

The series is important preparation for teams with the inaugural edition of the ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup coming up in South Africa from January.

New Zealand captain Ocean Bartlett won the toss and opted to bat first on a sunny afternoon in Mumbai. But the visitors’ decision didn’t quite work out as Gala produced a top spell with the new ball.

The right-arm medium pacer (an allrounder) struck with her first delivery by trapping Olivia Gain in front. She then dismissed Anna Browning to make it two wickets in her first over. Gala went on to bowl her full quota of four overs in one go and added the wicket of Flora Devonshire to her tally, returning with excellent figures of 3/18.

While Gala hit good lengths consistently and got carry, it…

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