Supernovas, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, made a winning start against the Trailblazers, but failed to deliver against Deepti Sharma’s Velocity.
Shafali Verma of India. Courtesy: Reuters
- Shafali Verma and Laura Wolvaardt scored half-centuries
- Harmanpreet Kaur made 71 runs for the Supernovas
- Velocity won the match with 10 balls left
Velocity, on Tuesday, May 24, registered their maiden win in the Women’s T20 Challenge 2022 after beating the Supernovas by seven wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune.
The Supernovas got off to a terrible start after being put into bat first. Kate Cross picked up the prized wickets of Priya Punia and Harleen Deol, after which skipper Deepti Sharma pinned the dangerous Deandra Dottin.
Thereafter, an 82-run partnership between Harmanpreet Kaur and Taniya Bhatia helped the Supernovas make a comeback. The duo were separated after Bhatia was run out with around six overs left. Bhatia scored 36 runs off 32 balls and lent Harmanpreet apt support.
Harmanpreet, on the other hand, carried on from where she left against Smriti Mandhana’s Trailblazers. The right-hander notched her fifty off 42 balls and went on to score a 51-ball 71 before Radha Yadav accounted for her wicket in the penultimate over.
Cross was arguably the pick of the bowlers for the Velocity as she got two wickets and conceded runs at an economy rate of 6. Ayobonga Khaka, Sneh Rana and Maya Sonawane couldn’t get a wicket.
VELOCITY GET HOME COMFORTABLY
Chasing 151, the Velocity had early jitters as Pooja Vastrakar removed Thailand’s Natthakan Chantham in the second over. However, Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia put their team in the driver’s seat by putting on a partnership of 63 runs off 5.5 overs.
Shafali was the most attacking of the two as she got to her half-century off 30 balls. Dottin gave Supernovas a crucial breakthrough after castling Bhatia, who scored 17. Soon after, Dottin also removed Shafali, who made 51 off 33 with nine fours and a six.
However, Laura Wolvaardt and Deepti made sure that the Velocity got home without having to break much sweat. After a stupendous campaign in the World Cup, Wolvaardt scored an unbeaten 35-ball 51. Deepti stayed not out on 24 as the Velocity chased the target down in 18.2 overs.